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Apr 26, 2012 06:10 PM

Best Chain Breakfast?

Hey Chowhounds. When you're running late and want to pick up something quick and not-too-bad-for-you, where do you go?

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  1. Micky d's
    Sausage 'n' egg combo..

      1. re: carolinadawg

        +1 for the Awful House.

        Hash browns, all the way...

        1. re: carolinadawg

          I always loved Waffle House. Unfortunately the ones in Raleigh are terrible. Lousy service, food not cooked properly and the ever lovely gift of remnants of a previous meal on your plate.

          I still try them once a year to see if the situation has was that day. My bacon was half floppy, half crisp - each piece was that way. Not really sure how that is achieved. The eggs (over easy) were the same, half of each yolk cooked hard, the other half still runny. Toast was not addressed, had to flag the server to come back so I could let her know which bread I wanted. No cream or jam offered, had to flag down the server again.

          The ones in my area are not corporate run so that may be the problem. A shame, I really miss the Waffle House experience I had in other areas.

          1. re: meatn3

            i feel like its my duty to let you know

            its not just the ons in Raleigh.

            1. re: meatn3

              Thats too bad. Most of the ones in central NC (which is where most of my visits occur) seem to be run by a franchisee out of Greensboro, and are, almost without exception, well run. The few I've visited in SC and GA have been good too.

              1. re: carolinadawg

                Good to hear they are still good elsewhere! Every other area I've lived in the South WH has been consistently good. I've tried multiple times at three Raleigh locations and the only constant has been going from bad to worse.

                I miss my scattered, smothered...

          2. I just tried one of the strawberry/banana smoothies at Burger King... yummy! But, I have to admit that I have no idea if it's healthy in any way...

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            1. re: wyogal

              my favorite chain breakfast is at First Watch. their granana banana pancakes and "crepe-eggs" are very good. however, i dont think id put that in the "running late" category.

              so when running late, its normally off to Chick-Fil-A for chicknbiscuits!

            2. Kind of an oxymoron - chain / best breakfast, but I'd have to go with Waffle House with NO second place.

              I'll never understand the draw for IHOP, Cracker Barrel, Denny's, McDonalds, etc as well as any motel restaurant. Rather pass it up if they are my only choice. Give me a good diner or mom & pop place any day.

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              1. re: Clams047

                Clams, I am curious as to why you would think WH is any better (food wise, health wise, or whatever) than the others you disparage. They all do the same thing: throw eggs, potatoes, and meat on the flattop and fire away. And the "good diners" and "mom & pop places" do the same thing. Actually, the menu at WH is pretty limited, especially since they do not offer pancakes. For my money the "best" breakfast items are often provided by what are known in Chicago as Greek restaurants.

                1. re: Mayor of Melonville

                  The OP was asking for suggestions "quick and not too bad" under the topic of "best chain breakfast". In New England, diners & mom/pop places typically have superior quality & service vs. chains. When traveling south, I tend to stop at WH for a quick, predictable, albeit limited menu breakfast, although I also follow for local alternatives.

                  I've found most local suggestions typically far surpass the chains. In NE, the larger diners seem to be run by Greeks and do tend to provide excellent breakfast selections with relatively quick service (far better quality / selection than places such as Ihop, Cracker Barrel, Dennys, Friendlys, etc and far better selection than places as McDonalds, Hardies, etc) .

                  I still stand that "best chain breakfast" is an oxymoron.

                2. re: Clams047

                  Not in defense of the national chains, but I DO sometimes consider a drive-thru a blessing. I will, once in a GREAT while, sacrifice quality for ease of access. At least they're consistent, albeit consistently bad.

                3. Mimi's Cafe has pretty good breakfast.
                  They have this pain perdu that is off the chain good.

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                  1. re: Beach Chick

                    Ah - forgot about Mimi's - quite excellent. Unfortunately, we don't have any in the northeast, but we do seek them out when traveling west. Just pulled up their web site and was pleased to see they are also located in the southeast. Will have to include them in our southern travels.