I rarely skip breakfast, although it’s not a meal I generally put too much effort into. Usually just some yogurt, cereal, and fruit, maybe pancakes on the weekends. But here are some Roadfood-type places I’ve enjoyed, in no particular order:
I’ll put another vote in for Barney Greengrass. I went there a couple weeks ago with some friends. My eggs and pastrami on a bagel was delicious, and my friend couldn’t stop raving about his sturgeon.
Tick Tock Diner in Clifton, NJ. Their motto is “eat heavy.” Prepare to do exactly that.
Valois “See your food”, Chicago, IL. There’s always a long line out the door in the mornings, but they move people along very quickly. Good omelettes and cheap prices that made University of Chicago students happy. This is mostly a sentimental nod to the greasy-spoon joint of my college years.
I know it’s a chain, but I like the Original Pancake House. I mean, they serve bacon waffles. Not a waffle with bacon on the side, but a waffle with bacon cooked inside. Genius.
Latin American Restaurant, Miami, FL. Eggs, bacon, hash browns, Cuban toast, and a café con leche, all for under $4. You can’t beat that.
Blue Heaven, Key West, FL. I attacked those pancakes with gusto. They even gave me pure maple syrup, which always earns points with me. Reasonable prices, and lots of character.