My Ideal Breakfast

If I could magically blend the best elements of all my best breakfasts into one giant meal, this is what I would sit down to (the links go to my reviews, when available).

[Last updated 5/27/15.]

DRINKS
Best Regular Coffee: Yeah, Me Too (Columbus, OH)
Best Espresso: Ninth Street Espresso (New York, NY)
Best Chai: Hemisphere Coffee Roasters (Columbus, OH) – their cart is now closed
Best Cappuccino: One Line Coffee (Columbus, OH)
Best Cubano: Cafe Brioso (Columbus, OH)
Best Cortado: Fox in the Snow Cafe (Columbus, OH)
Best Iced Coffee: One Line Coffee Kyoto-style (Columbus, OH)
Best Tea: Little Africa (Grand Rapids, MI)
Best Juice: Northstar Cafe orange juice (Columbus, OH)

MAIN INGREDIENTS
Best Eggs: poached eggs at Real Food Cafe (Grand Rapids, MI)
Best Toast: San Chez Cafe (Grand Rapids, MI)
Best Potatoes: Real Food Cafe (Grand Rapids, MI)
Best Bacon: Katalina’s sweet & spicy bacon (Columbus, OH)
Best Sausage Links: Hardwick House sausages (Stratford-upon-Avon, England)
Best Sausage Patties: Kitchenette (New York, NY)
Best Ham: Jon Hamm’s John Ham

CARBS
Best French Toast: Blue Sky Cafe Banana Bourbon French Toast (Bethlehem, PA)
Best Waffle: The Breakfast Club Belgian Waffle (Tybee Island, GA)
Best Regular Pancakes: Northstar Cafe Cloud 9 Pancakes (Columbus, OH)
Best Flavored Pancakes: Winchell’s Restaurant Blue & White Pancakes (blueberries & white chocolate) (Lexington, KY)

ENTREES
Best Burrito: Northstar Cafe Big Burrito (Columbus, OH)
Best Sandwich: Cravings Carryout Cafe BLT (Columbus, OH)
Best Oatmeal: Gravy‘s Oatmeal Brulee (Portland, OR)
Best Plain Grits: Doodles (Lexington, KY)
Best Flavored Grits: Banana Bean Cafe Cedar Key Shrimp & Grits (Columbus, OH) – sadly, closed
Best Hash: Gravy‘s Smoked Salmon Hash & Eggs (Portland, OR)
Best Corned Beef Hash: Slyman’s Restaurant (Cleveland, OH)
Best Creamed Chipped Beef: Mel’s Diner (Lebanon, PA)
Best Goetta: Taste of Belgium (Cincinnati, OH)
Best Chicken & Waffles: CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW
Best Crepes: Village Crepe (Pickerington, OH) – closed!
Best Biscuits & Gravy: Hungry Soul Cafe (Columbus, OH)
Best Chiliquiles: Starliner Diner (Hilliard, OH)
Best Huevos Rancheros: CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW
Best Scramble: L’Appat Patisserie & Cafe egg & potato scramble (Columbus, OH)
Best Breakfast Tacos: CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW
Best Steak & Eggs: Third & Hollywood (Columbus, OH)
Best Country Fried Steak: The Best Breakfast & Sandwiches (Westerville, OH)
Best Eggs Benedict: Real Food Cafe (Grand Rapids, MI)
Best Seafood: Barney Greengrass sturgeon & eggs (New York, NY)
Best “All-Inclusive” Breakfast: Jack & Benny’s Gutbuster (Columbus, OH)

SWEETS
Best Donut: CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW
Best Croissant: Blue Door Cafe & Bakery ham and cheese croissant (Cuyahoga Falls, OH)
Best Pastry: Orange Blossom Bakery & Cafe apple ugly (Buxton, NC)
Best Other Pastry: any kolache at Kolache Republic (Columbus, OH)