Put down that box of cereal and send that tired plain bagel back to the bakery – National Breakfast Month is here and it’s time for you to broaden your breakfast horizons!
Though breakfast is often dubbed the most important meal of the day, many people overlook breakfast as they rush to begin the day, or skip it altogether. This month, we challenge you to take the time to enjoy breakfast and put your boring orders and breakfast from a box to bed.
There’s much more to breakfast than plain pancakes and scrambled eggs and restaurants have provided diners with the perfect antidote to breakfast boredom: weekend brunch.
A little extra sleep and a lot of extra time allows weekend brunchers the luxury to take the time to sip coffee and savor the flavors that early-rising chefs have whipped up for their enjoyment. This September, set aside some time, get a Restaurant.com certificate ready on your smartphone and try these tips for ordering something new and broadening your breakfast horizons.
- If You Like Pancakes, Try Crepes. There’s no doubt that restaurants offer pancakes aplenty when serving breakfast and brunch, with enticing varieties that range from blueberry to cinnamon roll and lemon poppy seed. But if you’re looking to branch out from this trusty standby, consider its French cousin, the crepe.
- Crepes are made from the same basic ingredients as pancakes but are thinner and slightly less sweet. The batter coats the entire pan, making a large, thin crepe that is then spread with the toppings of your choice, like fruit, chocolate, nutella or cheese, and served folded or rolled.
- If You Like Omelets Try Quiche. Omelets are to breakfast as sandwiches are to lunch: they’re the versatile staple with ingredients that can please every palate (provided you like eggs.) Though a good Denver omelet filled with ham, cheese, green pepper and onion is hard to beat, why not try something a little different? Enter the quiche.
- Quiche is essentially a breakfast pie, with an egg-based custard and the toppings of your choice baked in a flaky pie crust. It can be served hot or cold and, like the omelet, can be customized with different toppings. Some of the most common types of quiche feature omelet-friendly ingredients like bacon, ham, cheese, spinach, tomato, mushroom and onion. Don’t see quiche on the menu? Try a frittata, quiche’s crustless Italian cousin.
- If You Like Huevos Rancheros, Try Chilaquiles. If spice is the first thing you crave in the morning, huevos rancheros or a breakfast burrito are probably your go-to options. But if you want to try something even more authentic, Chilaquiles are the order for you.
- Chilaquiles are a traditional Mexican dish that features crispy tortillas or tortilla chips cooked in salsa and smothered in cheese, beans, eggs and shredded chicken, or beef. Like the breakfast nachos you never knew you wanted this dish pairs crunchy, spicy, and cheesy with a familiar egg topping. It’s sure stick to your ribs and helps you over the hump if you were out late the night before.
- If You Like Pigs in a Blanket and enjoy the sweet-meats-savory flavors of syrupy pancakes wrapped around a spicy sausage, Try Fried Chicken and Waffles. This similar soul food favorite consists of a hearty waffle topped with butter and syrup and a serving of fried chicken. Though it might sound like an odd combination, this increasingly popular breakfast dish capitalizes on the same flavor pairings you appreciated as a kid eating pigs in a blanket.
- If You Like Traditional Eggs Benedict, Try Eggs Florentine. Eggs Benedict is a staple of brunch menus everywhere and has spawned dozens of variations as a result. If you are a fan of the Hollandaise-drenched English muffin-poached egg-Canadian bacon combo, chances are you’ll also love its many derivatives. We suggest starting with Eggs Florentine, which substitutes fresh spinach for the Canadian bacon on the traditional version.
And… Crab Cake Benedict and Salmon Benedict are a good choice if you like seafood, while Chorizo Benedict with fresh avocado and Pico de Gallo are perfect for those looking for a southwestern flare. If you’re more of a steak and potatoes person, there’s a Benedict for you too: try substituting steak for the Canadian bacon.
Ready to branch out your brunch? Find a restaurant deal on Restaurant.com and plan your delicious morning.