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If you like good food at reasonable prices, you should check out the Four Corners Cafe in Eden. If you also like trains, and such things as specialty pancakes with chocolate chips or M&M's in them, you must check out the Four Corners Cafe.

This place is adorable, starting with the red, white and blue bunting-decorated exterior. Inside the large, comfortable dining room with wood accents, you get a real sense of place from the glass cases that display model train cars decorated with names of local businesses and even a couple of churches. But wait, what's that sound? It's another model train chugging around the room on a track just under the ceiling.

The country decor had us smiling, and the menu continued the trend. The rural nature of Eden is reflected not only in some of the down-home choices sausage gravy, country biscuits and a Hungry Man breakfast but also in the prices. That country biscuit breakfast, with two eggs, sausage gravy and home fries, will set you back just $4.39; an order of two pancakes is just $2.99.

Speaking of that Hungry Man breakfast ($5.59 for two pancakes, two eggs and ham, bacon or sausage), there's also a Hungry Woman breakfast ($4.59 for one pancake, one egg and bacon, ham or sausage). There is also a choice of specialty pancakes (two for $4.09, three for $5.29) made with either chocolate chips or M&Ms. Talk about a child-pleaser!

This is definitely a family-friendly spot. Our efficient server sped by with a coloring book for a restless youngster.

When a cup of tea was ordered, a small basket with an assortment of tea packets was produced, along with a steaming metal pot of hot water.

Nothing that we saw on the menu tops $10, not even the steak and eggs ($7) or the truly exceptional-sounding Italian omelette, made with ham, Italian sausage and provolone ($6.99).

The prices, in fact, were so reasonable that John, Pat, John and I ordered five breakfasts because we couldn't resist the description of the French toast, made with a hint of vanilla and cinnamon ($4.98). This bonus dish was set in the middle of the table while we each dug into our already generous meals. But we made a substantial dent in the French toast, too. It was delicious, with plenty of rich egginess and a slightly crunchy crust.

The ham and cheese omelette ($6.99) also got high marks. It arrived steaming, filled with delicious high-quality diced ham and melted cheese, with a side of hot home fries.

A simple breakfast of two pancakes ($2.99) and a side of meat (we chose bacon, $1.99) was perfectly cooked.

The corned beef hash was the classic preparation with tiny bits of potato and onion. The hash breakfast ($5.49) included two eggs, cooked over medium, as requested. This was ordered with thick slices of Texas toast, perfect for dipping into yolk.

The final choice of the breakfast skillet included eggs, home fries, sausage gravy and cheddar, but we weren't exactly sure how those ingredients would be combined. The answer is: brilliantly. The eggs were cooked into a flat disc, which was laid into a shallow bowl and filled with home fries, topped with a generous serving of sausage gravy studded with plenty of bits of breakfast sausage, then sprinkled with grated cheddar. The combination was not only creative but delicious.

We have heard about the excellent homestyle dinners served here on Wednesdays and Fridays, as well as desserts. It seems as thought a trip back to Eden might be in our future.

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Four Corners Cafe

Where: 8571 N. Main St., Eden (992-4347)

Four pennies (out of 4)

Hours: Opens at 6 a.m. daily except Sunday, when it opens at 7 a.m. It closes at 2 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday and around 8:45 p.m. Friday.

Wheelchair-accessible: Yes.

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