Frugal Friday at Village Kitchen - carrot cake is just one of many inexpensive comfort food options
Mary Bilyeu | Contributor
Jeremy, Craig, and I recently stopped by Village Kitchen for a late afternoon snack; I thought I might have something small, something savory.
And then I walked past the dessert case, and became completely smitten with the carrot cake. It was all I could think of, all I could hear calling me.
I was seduced. I succumbed.
But even I couldn't eat this entire four-layer sugar-fest all by myself; happily Craig split it with me. This is so rich, so intense, so wonderful! I couldn't resist. And at nearly $8 per slice, it's an ideal sweet treat to share with a sweetheart while staying within our mandatory $5 per person Frugal Floozie Friday budget.
Besides the array of lovely desserts, there is an entire array of other cost-conscious options at Village Kitchen.
Start your morning with a short stack of pancakes for $4.29 or hot oatmeal with sliced banana and brown sugar for $4.49. If you want something sweet, a warm danish costs $2.59.
Moving on through the day, Ms. Elizabeth's Soup Kettle offers selections that are made fresh daily. The Village Chili Bowl with cheddar cheese and onions can be enjoyed for $3.59 (cup) or $4.79 (bowl). The soup of the day, served with bread and butter or with crackers, costs $2.79 for a cup and $3.59 for a bowl. On Fridays, you can have chowder for an extra $1 beyond the soup prices.
Everything on the "Kids' Corner" menu costs $4.99: an egg and toast, silver dollar pancakes, or French toast are all served with bacon or sausage; a grilled cheese sandwich or two chicken strips come with applesauce; and spaghetti is accompanied by garlic toast.
While all of this sounds great — comfort food extraordinaire — I have to admit that when I go back to Village Kitchen, I'll still likely enjoy the carrot cake again. And I'll still share it with a loved one.
Mary Bilyeu, Contributor
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