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Waffle House

On my way to the airport I decided to have a nice breakfast at Waffle House! I wanted to go somewhere ubiquitously regional. It was either this or Bob Evans LOL. I think I made the right choice. Grits are a favorite of mine and they were excellent here. And of course no trip to WH would be complete without, well… a waffle. The place was full of “salt of the earth” locals and the service was great. Overall an outstanding meal that sat well for my cross country flight.

Hasty Tasty Pancake House

Definitely among the most memorable restaurants I visited while in Ohio! Hasty Tasty Pancake House is a legit, old school diner serving up some great breakfast. I just love saying the name “Hasty Tasty Pancake House”. So much fun. Few places make me feel like I’m in a time warp and this was certainly one of them. I had an outstanding CFS breakfast with perfectly cooked sunny side eggs, even a side of B&G. I had to lay down after this one. Good thing it was a Saturday and I had nothing to do but laundry at the hotel. That was an odyssey in itself but I digress. The funniest part is when I asked the waitress for some hot sauce. She felt around in her apron pocket and pulled out two packets. Upon close examination I observed that this hot sauce was made in New Jersey! It could not have been more obvious that I was NOT in SoCal LOL.


Cinnabon to go is a wonderful thing! That I can tell you.

The Oaks Grille

(Visited December 7, 2019) Outstanding Eggs Benedict for champagne brunch! Always perfectly poached eggs here. The OG was decorated beautifully for Christmas with fresh poinsettias on the tables and whatnot.

Franco’s Flapjack Family Restaurant

(Visited November 8, 2019) Outstanding hot cake breakfast at Franco’s Flapjack in Poway! I just love the name of this restaurant. Sausage patty was somewhat bland though. Service and atmosphere were terrific. I’m not sure if they’re currently open for takeout. I cannot wait to go eat there again after all this ‘rona blows over.

The Oaks Grille

(Visited November 2, 2019) Outstanding Denver Omelette for champagne brunch at The Oaks Grille in Ramona, CA!

CJ’s Cafe

Breakfast always tastes better with an orange wedge on the plate! Old school, greasy spoon diner fare at its finest. Outstanding CFS breakfast at CJ’s Cafe in Arroyo Grande, CA.

Mi Ranchito Taco Shop

Outstanding order of rolled tacos recently from Mi Ranchito! Topped with a very tasty creamy guacamole Americano and a liberal amount of shredded cheese. All of it sitting on a bed of fresh looking, shredded iceberg lettuce. Mi Ranchito rolled tacos are made with ground beef vice shredded beef. Although some may scoff, I actually prefer ground beef in my rolled tacos. Good clean bites every time. At some places the shredded beef is rolled too tightly and I’m always pulling out large slugs of meat with each bite, leaving an unfortunate hollow tortilla tube.


Despite the rather shambolic egg presentation, this dish at Denny’s was surprisingly good! The “Santa Fe Sizzlin’ Skillet” is made with chorizo sausage, fire-roasted bell peppers & onions, mushrooms (omitted) and seasoned red-skinned taters. Topped with shredded cheddar cheese and eggs. Highly recommended.

Embassy Suites

First of all, that is salsa on my eggs, NOT chup LOL! Sometimes at Embassy Suites I forego the pomp & circumstance of cooked to order omelettes, etc., and head straight to the serve yourself breakfast buffet. Nicely done pre-made fare here, despite those institutional, cubed taters that I’m not really a fan of. I’ve stayed at many Embassy Suites across the country and some are more modern than others. This one in Tempe, AZ was clearly a ’70’s refurb property. I will say though, the outside courtyard pool area was very nice!   

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