By Cassandra VanKeuren Special to the Herald
Do you really want to wait in line for breakfast on a Saturday morning just because that one particular place does something a little different than every other place?
For me a wait is just not worth it, especially if I haven’t had coffee and I’m hungry.
If you are like me and don’t want to wait in a long line but want a nice place with solidly good, classic breakfast food, you need not look any further than Fanny’s in Marysville.
One of the first things that appeals to me about Fanny’s is that they are open until 2 p.m. every day of the week.
I can’t tell you how many times my family has stepped out on a Sunday morning looking for a place to have breakfast in Everett and were disappointed because breakfast service was over. Not much is open on Sundays in the Everett and Marysville area.
I was instantly won over by Fanny’s.
The decor is country and a tad dated, though I really liked the old photos of downtown Marysville.
We were seated quickly and the server brought coffee almost the second we sat down, which is perfect because my dear husband is a little bit of a bear without coffee in the morning.
The breakfast menu is fairly typical: omelets, pancakes, a meat choice, hash browns, two eggs and such.
On this visit I ordered biscuits and gravy ($10.95) and a single pancake ($3.50). My husband ordered a Polish sausage omelet ($10.25) and my son ordered kids’ breakfast No. 1, which came with his choice of meat, one egg, hash browns (or Fanny fries), toast and a drink ($6.95). The Fanny fries are cubed, smashed and browned red potatoes.
Our breakfast came quickly and piping hot. My single pancake was huge. It was moist, dense and light in flavor, very filling, and served with hot syrup and butter on the side. Definitely worth the $3.50 price tag.
My husband’s omelet was made with two eggs and was filled with chopped and browned Polish sausage and mozzarella. The eggs were fluffy and barely browned. The meal was served with shredded hash browns and his choice of toast. The eggs and the hash browns were very lightly seasoned. I think the cook leaves it up to you to do the salting. My husband didn’t mind; he enjoyed his meal greatly.
My biscuits and gravy were something special.
The biscuits were homemade and so was the gravy. Their version was served with a sausage patty the size of my hand, Fanny fries and two eggs cooked to order. I was impressed with how they got a perfect golden crust on those home fries. And the fries were lightly seasoned, leaving it up to me to add the salt and pepper.
My poached eggs were the perfect topper to my Fanny fries.
The gravy was country gravy with flecks of sausage and black pepper, down-home cooking and very tasty. The portion was quite large and I couldn’t finish my meal.
My son’s meal was just the right size for him: two slices of bacon, a scrambled egg, hash browns, one slice of whole wheat toast and cranberry juice. Everything on his plate was cooked perfectly and he ate it all, which says a lot because he has very discerning taste for a 9-year-old.
All my meals have been fantastic at Fanny’s and it’s quickly becoming one of my family’s favorite places for breakfast.
Fanny’s is one of those places you can always count on for quick, friendly service, classic breakfast done really well, and to be open when you want.
505 Cedar Ave., No. A1, Marysville; 360-653-8164.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Vegetarian options: Yes.