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Keedy’s Fountain & Grill

Outstanding country fried steak at Keedy’s Fountain Grill!  Founded in 1957, Keedy’s is an unassuming, old school diner in Palm Desert.  Definitely a gem in the Coachella Valley, I can’t wait to go back!  


IHOP 

When at IHOP, gotta get the hotcakes!  Just outstanding here!  I remember back in the day they had something called griddle cakes that I dearly adored.  Made with cornmeal mixed in the batter, or something like that. 

Jack in the Box 

These croissant breakfast sammich things at Jack in the Box are pretty tasty…

Starbucks 

Crumb coffee cake thing at Starbucks was pretty tasty!! 

KD’s Donuts 

KD’s Donuts for breakfast! Tried one of their “Filled Croissants” for only $1.75. They have cream cheese; cream cheese with random fruit fillings; or ham & cheese ($3.25).  These croissants are huge! Roughly the size of a deflated football, or maybe a calzone someone sat on. You can elect to have it warmed (microwaved), which I opted for. The croissant itself seemed fresh and somewhat flaky. Nothing really remarkable about it. Eating the first half it seemed as if there was no cream cheese filling! It wasn’t until about half way through that I began to discern a slight cream cheese flavor and creamy sensation in my mouth. It’s possible that whatever cream cheese was present within just wound up weeping into the bottom dough layer during the heating process. It was a decent enough breakfast for me at a good price, just be advised that the term “filled” might be a misnomer. 

Dunkin Donuts

Tried the new “Maple Sausage Breakfast Sandwich” at Dunkin Donuts last weekend. Made with egg, sausage patty, some sort of white cheese (not sure what it was), all on a croissant. $3.49, sandwich only.  Much better than the terrible chicken biscuit I had there back in the day. Although I will say the best part of this sandwich was the warm, toasty croissant. The egg was fairly institutional tasting; cheese had no discernible flavor; sausage had a nice, somewhat sweet maple-y flavor.  

I’m going back soon to try their new “Lemon Croissant Donut” – looked really good!

Ramona Cafe 

Ramona Cafe for breakfast recently. I find it hard to resist anything served in a skillet, and this was no exception. Here’s the “Tex-Mex Skillet” for $11.99. Home fried taters with seasoned ground beef, topped with salsa, cheddar and jack cheese, green onions and two eggs. Served with your choice of toast, English muffin or hot biscuit.  

There was really nothing remarkable about this dish. The beef was well seasoned and tasty, I just wish there was more. It was a very conservative amount of beef. It also seems like they were out of green onions. Then again, they were also out of their (much ballyhooed) cinnamon rolls, to Gail’s dismay. The home fries could have used additional cooking time to develop more crisp and color.

Not really a great value for 12 bucks but it filled me well. I don’t think I’ll be hungry for a while. And considering the amount of grease and unknown spice, it’s sitting well in my system. I can’t say that about every restaurant.

Denny’s 

Ramona Denny’s for breakfast recently. They have this new “value menu” with a myriad of breakfast/lunch/dinner selections for $2/4/6/8. I had the Biscuit & Gravy Breakfast ($4), served with two eggs & hash browns.Turned out very mediocre, although a decent value for $4 I have to say. Gravy was bright white, dotted with nodules of sausage, and very institutional tasting. Fairly bland and a pretty thin consistency. Biscuit was fine. Kind of on the lighter side, almost spongy. At least it didn’t turn into a gut bomb. Scrambled eggs were poorly prepared, overcooked and rubbery in spots. Hash browns were pretty good although somewhat greasy and could have been crispier for my taste.  

I will say the food came out quickly! There was only one gal working the dining room at the time and she did an outstanding job.


Amerient

Breakfast at Amerient Restaurant (Country Cooking & Oriental Cuisine). All the reviews I’ve seen (including mine) are from the Chinese side of the menu. I thought it was time to check out something from the “Country Cooking” side!Here’s a dish called “French Tradition” for $7.25. Two eggs “as you like them”, with two slices french toast and your choice of sausage patty or bacon.

Scrambled eggs were a generous portion, but fairly overcooked with some browning. French toast was made with thin sliced sandwich bread. Bacon was cooked very well done and not thick.

I’m not gonna sugarcoat it, this was very average for a restaurant meal. Imagine you just woke up from a bender; went to your friends apartment and he made you breakfast. It might turn out something like this.  

Anyway, I think I’ll stick with the Chinese food at Amerient.

Jack in the Box 

Recently I bypassed my usual sausage biscuit with egg at McDonald’s and headed straight to JIB to try the “Supreme Croissant”. For only $3.69 you get grilled bacon, ham, a freshly cracked egg and American cheese enveloped in a warm, flaky croissant. Bacon was pretty skimpy, only two small pieces in the center but this was a good breakfast sammich that did not leave me feeling abdominally distended afterwards. Croissant held together nicely without falling apart. Continuing to be impressed with the service at our JIB. So far, no space cadets taking my order! I especially appreciate how they bring your food straight to the table. I only wish the dining area was kept a little more tidy.

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