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Mar 13, 2011 10:14 PM

Typical American breakfast foods you don't enjoy at breakfast?

I don't like donuts for breakfast. Just don't get it.

Don't get me wrong. I am not a heathen or anything.

I like donuts. Quite a bit, in fact. But, just not first thing in the morning.

And you?

Are there typical American breakfast foods that you simply do not like eating at breakfast time?

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  1. totally with you on the donuts - too sweet for breakfast. now that i think about it, that's probably the only traditional breakfast item i just wouldn't ever find appealing in the morning. the rest of it - savory or sweet (as long as it's not *too* sweet) all works for me. maybe someone will mention something else i agree with, but right now i can't think of any!

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      I love love love "French Donuts", a.k.a. "Crullers". They're not easy to find. Of the three donut shops in my area, only one does them. Along with a cup of cafe au lait and a bowl of fruit, I have a very nice breakfast.

    2. I don't consider donuts a breakfast food.

      I like the idea of steak and eggs, but it's a bit too much for breakfast and most breakfast steaks are sub par.

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      1. re: monku

        While not great, I think the Pann's steak n eggs is pretty good.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Since this is the General Chowhounding Topics Board, if anyone was wondering, Pann's is a well-regarded diner in Los Angeles, California.

          1. re: Norm Man

            Thanks Norm . . .I was wondering what a Pann's is as I like a good steak and eggs (though not enough for a cross country trip ;)

        2. re: monku

          I've seen steak and eggs, along with baked beans, served at logging camps. It was not too much for those guys!

          Most "full breakfasts" are too much for those of us who work on the computer all day.

          Sweet things like doughnuts nauseate me in the morning.

          1. re: lagatta

            There's a restaurant, The Samoa Cookhouse, up in the Humboldt area, that specializes in logging breakfasts. (It's an old loggers' dining hall.) Steak, any breakfast meat imaginable, pancakes, oatmeal, pastries, beans, potatoes....
            My ex-husband went to school there, and he and his buds used to "save up" during the week and hit the Cookhouse of a Sunday morn, there to fill their bellies with all the available goodies. He recalls a story of one particular Sunday when they were seated (communal-style, long-table dining) across from a family of tourists who watched them eat in great fascination. The daddy of the family leaned over when breakfast was fini, and said, very confidentially and warmly, "I just want you fellas to know, that was one of the grossest things I've ever seen." : )

            1. re: mamachef

              Thanks for the laugh mamachef. Hats off to the ex. I can only hope to one day receive such a compliment from a total stranger.

        3. It's interesting you mention the donuts for breakfast thing. In Australia donuts are seen as a type of treat, the idea that people would eat them for breakfast is just odd. Krispy Kreme went into receivership over here as they expanded too rapidly - before they realised that Australians don't do donuts like Americans. The one or 2 stores they opened at airports did really well - people would pick up a dozen donuts to take as a treat to their families and based on that success they opened about 50 stores. Then they realised (too late) that we enjoy donuts, just not in the same way.

          I find American breakfasts to be far too heavy and sweet. I think the only American 'breakfast food' I find to be completely genius is maple syrup on bacon. I personally think the Vietnamese style breakfast of beef soup to be my favourite.

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          1. re: TheHuntress

            "The one or 2 stores they opened at airports did really well - people would pick up a dozen donuts to take as a treat to their families and based on that success they opened about 50 stores."

            This made me chuckle -- I vividly remember my last two trips to Tassie people on the plane with ONLY Krispy Kremes as their carry-on luggage.

            1. re: TheHuntress

              The main thing donuts have going for them is that they are CHEAP! Compare the price to the Danishes and croissants you find in a bakery and you will see what I mean. The only thing cheaper than donuts are the pan dulces in Mexican panaderias.

              1. re: TheHuntress

                Krispy Kreme is still recovering from an orgy of over-expansion everywhere. When we lived in Colorado, they opened a store near us just south of the Denver Tech Center. We were perplexed when off-duty policemen had to be brought in to direct traffic. There were such crowds on the weekends that we began avoiding that street. We couldn't figure it out; it's just greasy dough and air, for goodness sake.

                Two months later, there were never more than four or five cars in the huge parking lot at one time. I'm not sure how they even cover their fixed costs.

                1. re: mandycat

                  They have died here in Montréal.

                  1. re: lagatta

                    Nearly every location here in Pittsburgh has closed too. The plus side though is that many of them have been turned into Chic Fil A stores!

                    1. re: lagatta

                      They died in the Twin Cities. I don't get the fuss. They are disgustingly sweet and seem to be made only of sugar, air and grease. I like an occasional donut, but these don't pass my flavor test.

                      1. re: sandylc

                        <They are disgustingly sweet and seem to be made only of sugar, air and grease.>

                        And your point is??? :)

                    2. re: mandycat

                      They didn't actually ever open one in my home city - most American chains (bar the obvious McDonalds, KFC and Subway) only seem to target the east coast. I suppose that we're too isolated here on the West coast of Australia. I don't actually feel like I'm missing out on anything so far.

                      1. re: mandycat

                        they also had the incredible good luck of pushing an overzealous expansion just as the low-carb craze hit -- and it was nearly the deathknell for the company. They closed thousands of stores in the aftermath, and may never recover completely.

                      2. re: TheHuntress

                        American chiming in to clarify #notallamericans think of a donut as breakfast food. ;)

                        I am 44 years old have never considered donuts a breakfast food, nor have I ever met anyone who claimed they do either. I grew up in the Midwest US, have lived on the East coast, and now am on the West coast the last ten years. To me, a donut is a treat you might go out to get once a year late night, or might indulge in with a cup of gas station coffee for the sugar rush on a long distance car trip. If someone brings them to work to share, I'd maybe be interested after lunch, but most definitely not as breakfast. Maybe it's regional? I can't imagine starting the day with a donut as a regular thing. And I love donuts! But not to line my stomach for the day.

                        1. re: team_cake

                          Sorry buy donuts can and should be enjoyed at any time of the day.Morning noon or night!
                          Pizza,burgers and fried chicken aren't "breakfast food" but you sure can eat em for breakfast!
                          Huzzah for donuts!!

                          1. re: petek

                            Although, I have been seeing breakfast pizzas in some parts of the USA (my first breakfast pizza was at Downtown Bakery & Creamery in Healdsburg, CA ). Maybe not common enough to be typical, but an American answer to breakfast and pizza!

                          2. re: team_cake

                            But if someone brings them in to work, would you break off half? :-)

                            I don't do the twitter thing but shouldn't that be #notallrealamericans ?

                            I've never had donuts for breakfast. They're for elevenses, particularly on a cold day with a cup of coffee. When the Germans or the Brits would have a piece of cake and hot beverage.

                            1. re: team_cake

                              i grew up in so. cal. and tho i'm not a donut eater anymore (maybe once every other year), i grew up eating them as bfast, about once a week, and so did others i knew. donut shops are open very early in the morning (as well as late at night) and they're full of people eating them as - guess what - bfast! for me, now, they're too sweet to eat them more than once in a blue moon.

                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                To paraphrase Roger Ebert, a great doughnut is never too sweet.

                                Mr Taster

                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                  A Doughnut Plant donut with coffee is one of my favourite NYC breakfasts.

                            2. Donuts, muffins, most cereals or granola, yogurt, fruit, waffles or pancakes. I can't stand sweet things in the morning.

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                              1. re: sedimental

                                Seconded- anything sweeter than fruit in the morning leaves me feeling terrible most of the day.

                                1. re: sedimental

                                  Amen! Those things are better as lunch of even dinner, not for breakfast for me.

                                2. Any baked good that is sweet. I also don't like pancakes or waffles - too sweet. I don't like sweets for breakfast, as posted above.

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                                  1. re: Jeanne

                                    Pancakes aren't necessarily sweet. If I make either crêpes or thicker (raised) types of pancakes, they are never, ever sweet.