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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.


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.”


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

Week in Brief: February 28-March 2

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Here are five stories from the foodservice industry for February 27-March 2.

Growing Number of Americans Can’t Afford Food, Study Finds

From HuffingtonPost.com, read article here.

In a recent report from the Food Research and Action Center, a nonprofit research group, 1 out of every 5 Americans, or 18.6%, told Gallup pollsters that they couldn’t always afford to feed their family.  Although the unemployment rate has fallen in the past few months and one would think the amount of income being spent on food would increase, the percentage has actually decreased.  Factors such as increases in food and gas prices, as well as decreases in income for most low-to middle-class Americans, contributed to this decrease in money spent.

The report also found that only 12% of voters believe our country spends too much money on food assistance programs.  78% believe we should spend more or the same amount on food stamp and other food assistance programs, due to our growing disastrous economic outlook. Read the full article on HuffingtonPost.com

School Cafeterias To Celebrate National School Breakfast Week March 5-9

From SchoolNutrition.org, read press release here.

Next week (March 5-9), school cafeterias across the country will celebrate National School Breakfast Week.  The slogan this year is titled, “School Breakfast – Go for Gold”; its focus will be on encouraging students to eat healthy breakfasts at school, which studies have shown improve a student’s behavior in class,  test scores, and lessens sick and tardy days.

“School Breakfast – Go for Gold” will incorporate special menus and breakfast recipes, as well as puzzles and brainteasers to help students use their brains before starting class.  They are even offering students the chance to design their own t-shirts that highlight the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast.  Read the full press release on schoolnutrition.org

Sugar Should be Regulated Like Alcohol, Tobacco, Commentary Says

From CBSNews.com, read the article here.

A new commentary published in the February issue of Nature says sugar is as toxic as alcohol and tobacco, so it should be regulated similarly in order to curb its consumption.  (Photo supplied by MorgueFile.com)

According to the authors, sugar consumption has tripled over the last 50 years, causing a 30% increase in obesity.  They argue that sugar is toxic to the body due to its consumption often resulting in chronic diseases, such as heart disease or diabetes, and that it is potentially addictive because it acts on the same part of the brain.

The authors argue that’s why the government should step in and regulate sugar consumption among consumers, by taxes, age restrictions and other policies.  Read the full article on cbs.com

Still Hungry?  Many Americans Having a ‘Second’ Breakfast

From USAToday.com, read the article here.

Due to the current fast-paced society, most Americans don’t have time for a sit-down breakfast, so many are grabbing ‘on-the-go’ snacks to carry them through the morning until lunch.  Many food companies are now marketing toward this trend by introducing smaller snacks that tend to be lower in calories and filled with fiber in order to curb appetites, since consumer seem to be more calorie-conscious in the mornings.

General Mills introduced its Fiber One bars, both in a 140-calorie and 90-calorie option, while Quaker Oats is focused on selling its banana nut bar, which also has 140 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein.

Yet, this snacking habit could lead to overindulging and extra calories and pounds, say experts.  The key is to limit your amount of calories, while still fueling your body consistently throughout the day to receive the energy it needs.  Read the full article on USAToday.com

Upcoming Food Holidays in March

From Gone-ta-Pott.com, read the list here.

March is a month full of National food holidays!  Here’s just a short list of what holidays fall in March:

–Maple Sugar Month

–National Nutrition Month

–National Frozen Food Month

–Great American Meatout Month (You know Man vs. Food will be all over this!)

–National Peanut Month

–National Sauce Month

–National Flour Month

–National Noodle Month

–International Hamburger and Pickle Month

Read the complete list on Gone-ta-Pott.com

Schools to Celebrate National School Breakfast Week

During the week of March 5-9, schools and organizations across the United States will celebrate National School Breakfast Week to highlight the importance and availability of the School Breakfast Program.  Each year, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) creates a theme that starts in January and runs through National School Breakfast Week.  This year’s theme is “School Breakfast—Go for Gold.”

SNA’s goal with this campaign is to help students learn the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle. They also mention it lines up with the USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge and Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign.

SNA has put together several resources on their website to get schools back on track and ensure they have all the tools they need for a successful breakfast program.

The also want to make sure students, parents and the media know:

  • The School Breakfast Program is available for schools
  • There is an established link between breakfast and academic success
  • Eating a nutritious breakfast is important as it helps children keep at a healthy weigh

It’s extremely important for children to maintain a healthy weight.  According to the Let’s Move! website, every one in three children is overweight.

“Thirty years ago, most people led lives that kept them at a height weight,” Let’s Move! said. “Today, children experience a very different lifestyle.  Walks to and from school have been replaced by car and bus rides.  Gym class and after-school sports have been cut; afternoons are now spent with TV, video games and the internet.  Parents are busier than ever and families eat fewer home-cooked meals.  Snacking between meals is not commonplace.”

The good news is, as Let’s Move! went into its second year this February, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said they didn’t see a rise in childhood obesity.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, MyPlate and the new standards for school meals are a few of the many factors that have helped in the fight against childhood obesity.  Now the goal is to give children the tools they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

For all information about this year’s National School Breakfast Week, including tools and resources for schools, visit SNA’s website.

Will your school be celebrating National School Breakfast Week?

Foodservice Week in Brief: January 20

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Here are five stories from the foodservice industry for Jan. 16-20.

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Breakfast at Taco Bell
From Nation’s Restaurant News, Read Article

Burritos, wraps, hash brown patties, Cinnabon Delights and Seattle’s Best coffee are just some of menu items NRN mentioned would be on Taco Bell’s new breakfast menu, which will debut in 10 different states.  This isn’t the first time they’ve rolled out breakfast.  They tried it before with spicy and unique menu items, but the items weren’t favored as much by consumers.  So this time, they’ve added products that are more common.  Read more on the NRN website.

Paula Deen Announces She Has Type 2 Diabetes
From USA Today, Read Article

It was hard to miss Food Network Chef Paula Deen’s announcement this week that she has had Type 2 diabetes for the past three years.  Deen is famous for her indulgent recipes ranging from fried chicken to twice-baked shrimp stuffed potatoes. The USA Today article says Deen will be the spokesperson for Novo Nordisk, who makes a diabetes medication she takes called Victozza.  Read more on the USA Today website.

Burger King Delivery Comes to the United States
From Nation’s Restaurant News, Read Article

Pizza restaurants are known for delivery, and in some major metropolitan areas such as New York City, delivery from different restaurants are common.  Burger King is jumping on board with a delivery service after a successful run with them in some non-U.S. locations.  NRN says four Washington, D.C. locations are currently testing delivery and will add 16 more lotions by Jan. 23.  (Those locations not yet announced).  NRN also mentions if Burger King makes their delivery service nationwide, they will be the first QSR to do so.  The delivery website can be found here, and read more on the NRN website.

Image: Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee

Downtown Indianapolis Restaurants Prep for the Super Bowl
From Indianapolis Star, Read Article

There are an estimated 150,000 people who will travel to Indianapolis for the 2012 Super Bowl.  Indianapolis restaurants, not just downtown, are having to prepare for the large number of people.  However, just looking at the downtown area, according to the Indianapolis Star, there are approximately 25,000 seats at the around 200 restaurants.  Restaurants have had to think outside of the box and work extra hard to make sure their customers have a great experience and they can get through it successfully too, whether it’s turning tables quickly or ensuring deliveries are made as seamlessly as possible with the street closures.  Check out this Indianapolis Star article, which digs in a little deeper on restaurants and check back to the Central blog next Thursday, Jan. 26, for a deeper look on what Indianapolis restaurants are doing to ensure the entire event goes off without a hitch!

Happy National Cheese Lover’s Day!
From Punchbowl, Read Article

Did you know Jan. 20 is National Cheese Lover’s Day? The Punchbowl website lists a fun fact, which is: “The average American consumes about 31 pounds of cheese each year”

Image: alvimann/MorgueFile

They compare it to the French, who consume around 50 pounds!

So, in honor of National Cheese Lover’s Day, here are a few great recipes to get your cheese fix. Enjoy!


National School Breakfast Week starts March 8

School Breakfast - Ready, Set, Go!

Source: schoolnutrition.org

The 22nd annual National School Breakfast Week will be March 8-12, 2010.   Sponsored in part by the School Nutrition Association, the program helps to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program to all children by celebrating a fun theme. For 2010, the theme is “School Breakfast…Ready, Set, Go!”

The SNA offers a variety of free tools and resources that school foodservice staff can use and distribute to communicate the importance of eating a healthy, balanced breakfast. The free materials teach students that eating a school breakfast makes them ready for a day of learning and achievement, and meets dietary guidelines.

Other free resources from the SNA include Menu Ideas, Activity Sheets, Downloadable Presentations and more.

Celebrate National School Breakfast Week at your school by trying a few new breakfast options:

Fresh Fruit Bowls: Use fruit choppers/wedgers to quickly prep apples, melons, citrus and more for a bright, healthy menu choice.

Bran or Whole Wheat Baked Goods: Add in some seasonal fresh fruit for increased flavor, color and nutritional value.  Try different formats for the finished product, such as muffins, breads or cakes.

Flavored Milks: In addition to the standard varieties of white milk, offer your students options like strawberry-, chocolate- or banana-flavored milks.  The additional options may appeal to students that “don’t like milk.”  Use a milk cooler that can hold milk crates–you won’t have to spend time sorting the different varieties you offer.

Scrambled Egg Whites: A healthier option than traditional scrambled eggs, you can add extra flavor and color by throwing in some shredded cheese, diced vegetables or cooked meats.  Quickly make up a large batch using a tilt skillet.

French Toast Sticks: Serving full slices of French toast can easily result in students eating more than recommended serving sizes, or large amounts of uneaten foods that get thrown away.  Before cooking, cut full slices of bread into 3 equal parts to easily control proper serving sizes and reduce food waste.  Use syrup dispensers to let students serve their own syrup to save your foodservice staff time.

Have any breakfast ideas you’d like to share?  We’d love to hear them!