Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

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Just got back from brunch at Poor Richard's Cafe. (Sorry, no pictures. But there are some on their web site. *)

This place has been in business for a quarter of a century, making it the oldest contuniously-run restaurant in Plano. This is the place locals go for home cooking, which means breakfasts are cholesterol served with a side of biscuits and gravy. (They do offer egg substitute.) The people are friendly. The waitresses call you "hon" while they tap out your order on a wi-fi PDA. A couple of staff roam the place with coffee and water in hand so your beverage never runs dry. They dress up for holidays (Halloween there is fun). The beverage lady in our end of the restaurant wore a Santa hat with light-up decorations.

Woah, back up. A wi-fi PDA? Yep. Poor Richard's expanded and remodeled a few years back, and they went high-tech. While it means that the food gets to the table faster, there's no pressure to finish up and clear the table - even when there's a line out the door. Still, they manage to seat most parties within 10-15 minutes even when there's a crowd.

The food? I've never had a bad meal there. The portions are generous and the prices are reasonable.

The clientele is diverse: Families, couples, college kids, you name it.

We'd eat there more often but I don't think our waistlines could handle it. When we do go I throw the diet out the window. Life is too short to not have a good, down-home breakfast every once in a while.

(*No outdoor pictures today. I'm suffering from an allergy attack, even though we don't have a real tree this year.)

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