332 E. Main Street
Cortez, CO, 81321
Mr. Happy's is located in a bright yellow building; is small inside (about 12 tables - each seat 2-4 persons), and has a covered patio for outdoor dining. Upon entering, you seat yourself and a waitess will bring a menu and take your drink order. We were there for breakfast, so ordered coffee (supplied by the Durango Coffee Company) and tried to decide what to order: Cinnamon Roll French Toast, Frittata, Omelets, Waffles and more to choose from.
I finally ordered the Slow Roasted Corned Beef and Hash with 2 eggs over easy and English Muffin.
Shredded corned beef mixed with chopped potatoes, onions and green bell peppers; the seasoning was very light, so a little ground black pepper was called for. My over easy eggs were more semi-hard, but still mixed well into the corned beef and hash. The English muffin was toasted well, came already buttered and tasted yummy with a little strawberry jam. Truthfully, I have had more awesome corned beef and hash elsewhere, and for the price of $9.75, I expected something more inspiring.
Hubby ordered Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs with 2 eggs over easy, whole wheat toast and shredded potatoes.
The chicken fried steak was nicely cooked and tender; the pepper gravy was thick and peppery. His eggs were cooked perfectly and mixed well with the shredded potatoes which were crisped just right, but no seasoning was detected. The whole wheat toast was thickly sliced and had a deep flavor. However, hubby stated that for $9.75 he had expected something to brag about, but in all honesty, can't.
Mr. Happy's Bakery and Cafe does serve lunch and dinner also, and we are willing to go back to see how they fare at burger and sandwich making. They use real butter and potatoes; Black Angus beef for their burgers, and all the pastries (ranging from $2.75 to $3.75 each) and breads are baked on the premises. The staff is friendly, and our waitress made sure to keep our coffee mugs full.
So, while Mr. Happy's would not be our first choice for breakfast; knowing they use fresh ingredients and bake on premises gives them a big advantage over other places.