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Catalina Island Brew House 

Outstanding chocolate croissant at Catalina Island Brew House!  This place is great!  They specialize in coffee in the morning and beer in the evening.  The perfect “brew” house in my opinion. 

Jack in the Box

Outstanding chicken breakfast sandwich thing at Jack in the Box!

Nuevo Grill & Cantina 

Recently had brunch at Nuevo Grill and Cantina. I ordered one of my favorite Mexican breakfast dishes, Chilaquiles. Fried corn tortilla pieces, scrambled eggs, cheese and homemade verde sauce, $7.25. Add carne asada for only $2 more.

I’ve eaten a lot of chilaquiles and this is the first time I’ve seen the egg separate like this. Turns out the breakfast cook left early and our dishes were made by the dinner crew. Oh well, at any rate it was still tasty but it would have been better prepared in the traditional fashion. Eggs were also somewhat overcooked. Adding carne asada was a good move. There was a liberal amount for only $2 extra. (Only one oral extraction). Best part of this dish had to be the outstanding homemade verde sauce! I’ve enjoyed it blanketing their chicken enchiladas for years so it was nice to have it featured in the chilaquiles.

Highlight from my Nuevo Girl brunch was the complimentary champagne. Not this watered down mimosa crap, but full-on champagne! Like they do at Oaks Grille. Gail got a good looking order of her favorite, eggs benedict. 

Jack in the Box 

So, I checked out the new “Brunchfast” menu at Ramona JIB recently! They have a really good looking bacon & egg chicken sammich and brunch burger on croissant. This time though I went for the gusto and got the Southwest Scrambler Plate for $4.79.Comes with scrambled eggs & homefried taters mixed with sautéed peppers plus a side of bacon or sausage. The eggs were topped with a good amount of shredded cheese but tasted fairly institutional. Bacon was a generous four slices but was of obvious fast food quality. JIB needs to take a lesson from Wendy on bacon! Biggest surprise for me were the potatoes. Hot, crispy, tasty and well seasoned. 

Overall a big and satisfying meal, although not sure I would order it again. Definitely trying that croissant brunch burger thing next time! 

Starbucks 

Recently I tried the new Spicy Chorizo, Monterey Jack & Egg Breakfast Sandwich at Starbucks. I know it looks dreadful, but it was actually pretty tasty. It was not the traditional “loose” type chorizo you get at taco shops but more of a cohesive patty. Almost like sausage, but it had a decidedly distinct chorizo flavor. The only problem was the stone-baked potato bread it’s all served on. I think it was cooked too long, because it was very tough and hard to bite through in places. Wish the tater bread had a softer, chewier consistency.

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. 

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