The Best ‘Breakfast All Day’ Options Today

McDonalds Egg McMuffin

McDonalds Egg McMuffin, public domain image by Evan-Amos.

With all these rumors that fast-food giant McDonalds is prepping to expand last spring’s test and launch ‘Breakfast All Day’ campaign nationwide, we take a look at some other restaurants across the country that have already answered the call to offer bacon and eggs at any hour.

That Pancake House on the Corner

Chains like IHOP and Waffle House have been doing breakfast all day for years. Waffle House even has its own soundtrack album that sings the praises of their song to celebrate their scattered, smothered or covered food options.

LincolnSq-Banana-French-Toast

Indianapolis’ Lincoln Square chain of pancake houses and their popular Banana French Toast

Local options abound across the country as well, including the 11 unit Lincoln Square Pancake House started by George Katris in 1989. The central Indiana-based chain focuses on simple breakfast options done right. The signature Lincoln Skillet includes bacon, crumbled sausage or ham cooked with hash browns, onions and peppers. Homemade sausage gravy rounds out the mouthwatering combination. Traditional sandwiches round out the menu, but that is another story.

If you want to visit a real pancake mecca, then book a trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee where dozens of local pancake houses line the main streets at the foot of the Smoky Mountains.

Patrons at the Pancake Pantry

Patrons at the Pancake Pantry from your author’s 2014 visit

A favorite stop is the Pancake Pantry, where they serve upwards of 4800 pancakes a day – and they don’t take credit cards. The dining room is always full of tourists and locals alike who have enjoying their signature Smoky Mountain Buckwheat Cakes since 1960. For a change of pace, order the Caribbean Pancakes which feature sliced bananas with chopped nuts and coconut an sprinkled with powdered sugar. Over 25 varieties of pancakes, waffles and crepes are offered.

The Great American Diner (aka a Greasy Spoon)

The famous portrait in the Seinfeld landmark Tom's Restaurant

The famous portrait in the Seinfeld landmark Tom’s Restaurant (Alan Kotok, CC BY 2.0))

When calories don’t count, you find a great ‘greasy spoon’ for omelets in the afternoon (or middle of the night). Thousands dot New York City and the New Jersey suburbs and the most recognized spoon of them has a sign out front that reads Tom’s Restaurant – although you might know it best at Monk’s Cafe as it appeared in almost every episode of the 1990s sitcom Seinfeld. Critics agree they might not have the best breakfast food in New York, but where else will you find see the portrait of Kramer from the show up on a wall. Although it’s not a breakfast food, we found several recommendations telling us not to miss the extra-thick milkshakes.

The Ultimate Combination of Meals: Chicken and Waffles

The Simplicity of a 1/2 Chicken and a Waffle from Roscoe's Chicken And Waffles

The Simplicity of a 1/2 Chicken and a Waffle from Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles

White Castle may have tried it in sandwich form, but there is nothing like maple syrup soaked waffle with a couple of pieces of bone-in chicken slapped on top. PBS’s The History Kitchen traced the combination of sweet waffles and salty, crunchy fried chicken all the way back to the 1600s where it was popular in Pennsylvania Dutch country. Today, the king of this combination is widely considered to be Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, which has seven locations in the Los Angeles area. While the food may look plain on the outside, journalists and Yelp reviews praise the huge portions and perfect blend of chicken spices. It’s no wonder that celebrities like Snoop Dog,  Larry King and the late comedian Redd Foxx have praised this ultimate combination of breakfast and dinner since its opening in 1975.

Central Can Help You Serve Whatever

We carry all the cooking equipment, utensils and serving supplies that you need to serve your customers morning noon and night. For simple re-ordering, use our quick order form when purchasing using our Central Model # from our catalog or your previous invoices. Our Product Consultants are also available to answer questions via phone at 800-521-1277 or at the click of your mouse with our live chat.

And, whether you serve breakfast, brunch or breakfast for dinner, remember the immortal words of Ron Swanson – “Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.”

RonSwansonBrunch

Featured Image: “Boston Tea Party – Newton Street – We always have time for Breakfast” by Elliott Brown (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *