A friend introduced us to Ruggie's Breakfast & Lunch, which opened March 18, 2010, and has swiftly become a mid-Cape mainstay for its cheery service, great breakfast grill food, and deep menu of sandwiches. With its long counter, big windows, and often crowded tables, it looks like an institution. Ruggie's covers the breakfast basics (pancakes, eggs and bacon, omelets) but also pulls off some inventive offerings like the breakfast lasagna of ''omelet-style eggs layered with sausage, ricotta cheese, spinach, homemade marinara sauce & provolone cheese.'' We're waiting to see someone order ''The Duke.'' Consume the monster meal of two waffles, six eggs, a quarter pound each of cheddar and American cheese, hash browns, sausage gravy, two buttermilk pancakes, six bacon strips, three sausage patties, and two pieces of boneless ''country style'' fried chicken in 30 minutes with just one eight-ounce glass of juice, and it's on the house. (And your picture goes on the wall.) According to owner Bob Rocco, Ruggie's just got its wine and beer license. He hopes to start serving dinner on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at the beginning of April. Last year, Ruggie's was a secret for the locals. If the dinner fare is as good as the breakfast and lunch food, they'll be fighting off customers come tourist season.
707 Main Street, Harwich. 508-432-0625. Currently open Mon.-Sat. 6 a.m.-2 p.m., Sun. 6 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Patricia Harris & David Lyon also write about food and travel at HungryTravelers.com.
Photo by David Lyon for the Boston Globe