Best Restaurant Breakfast in the U.S.?
- pikawicca Oct 25, 2009 12:58 PM
If you could go anywhere, where would it be, and what would you have?
(I'd head to Jedediah's House of Sourdough in Jackson Hole and order their ethereal Sourdough Pancakes.)
Even though I'm not from New Orleans, I'd have to say Brennan's is the best. Their breakfasts are decadent, lengthy affairs -- and they serve booze, at breakfast, not "brunch," every day!
I'd have one of the soups for starters, probably turtle. Then on to Oysters Benedict or Eggs Hussarde. Finish with the strawberry crepes.
Closer to home, when in NYC I go to Barney Greengrass on the Upper West Side and buy smoked fish, spreads and bagels and enjoy that with either champagne or hot tea in my hotel room.
An almost absolute ditto on Brennan's. I was last there in 1977 with my GF, her sister and sister's BF. Breakfast commenced with the Bloody Mary's (how many, who knows?), followed by the Oysters Benedict, shrimp cocktails, champagne, Eggs Hussard (with one Eggs Sardou) and Banana's Foster for dessert followed by coffee and a few Scotch Milk Punches to get us ready for our wobble around town. How I remember this, I'll never know.
My accolade for the most memorable local fare goes to the Fountain Room at The Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia. No one has come close.
My absolute favorite breakfast/brunch dish is the Devil's Mess at Millie's Diner here in Richmond, VA. It's described as an open-faced omelette of spicy sausage, onions, green peppers, garlic, tomatoes and mild curry, finished with melted white cheddar and avocado. Served with their home fries and the plate garnished with Siracha, it is what breakfast was meant to be.
re: Janet from Richmond
Millie's Diner is wonderful for a range of dishes such as the Devil's Mess. I love places where they put their own creative stamp on a dish as opposed to doing just another omelet, pancake stack or french toast, no matter how well prepared.
My one beef with Millie's, if I recall correctly, is that it does not open early on weekdays for breakfast. What a shame, as I would eat there every time I travel to Richmond for business.
Snooze in Denver, Colorado. I'd get pancakes to start with. Pineapple upside down pancakes with whipped cinnamon butter and creme anglaise or Peach pancakes with candied ginger, vanilla creme sauce and ginger butter. Then I'd get the porks benediction. A cheesy polenta cake topped with shredded pork and a perfectly poached egg. Topped with a green chile sauce instead of hollandaise, served with a side of hashbrowns. Of course I'd have to have a mimosa while I'm waiting.
The Lodge At Pebble Beach overlooking the 18th Hole Pebble Beach Golf Links. Menu would be:
Fresh Squeezed Juices
Fresh Brewed Coffee.
Fresh Seasonal Fruits with Yogurt
A Small Cheese Omelet with Bacon
Assorted Fresh Baked Muffins and Croissants
A Small Bowl of Oatmeal with Fresh Cream
The Silver King Lodge on the Anchor River, Anchor Point AK, about 40 years ago (since we're dreaming here anyway): a platter of hash browns, eggs, bacon and a slab of salmon, hot rolls and butter, with a plate on the side bearing a short stack of sourdough pancakes. Or else the Waiohai Hotel, next to Poipu Beach on Kauai, also gone (thanks, Hurricane Iniki): a huge open-air roofed pavilion with serving islands for each kind of dish - meats here, eggs here, cereals and potatoes here, fish and seafood here, and fruit everywhere, all GOOD, not just plentiful, and priced accordingly (thanks, Dad!).