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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.

Denny’s

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.

Kountry Kitchen

Outstanding Kountry Kasserole at the Kountry Kitchen, where the letter C is an endangered species. I seriously had to lay down twice after eating this one! Hash browns topped with two skrambled eggs and a hot biskuit smothered with Kountry gravy!

Kountry Kitchen

This week we had a delicious post-Christmas breakfast at Kountry Kitchen! A Ramona institution since 1939, this place has such a warm, traditional family feel that is obvious the moment you walk in the door. The breakfast menu here has tremendous breadth; I’m sure there’s something that would please anyone. I zeroed in on the two-egg breakfasts. There’s a nice selection of hearty protein options that go-with such as bacon; jumbo links; patty sausage; ham steak; pork chops; beef patty; etc. I ordered it with corned beef hash! Includes hashbrowns and hot biscuit or toast, $12.25.

My sunny side eggs were fresh and very good with big, beautiful yolks. There was a small amount of loose whites, unfortunately. The hashbrowns here are outstanding! Perfectly hot and crispy. I appreciate that KK serves hashbrowns as there are a few other places in town that do not. Now the corned beef hash… I hate to say it, but it tasted like it was from a can. The texture seemed mechanically processed and the flavor did not resemble a traditional salty corned beef. It was a decent enough crispy hot hash, just not among the best I’ve had.

We really feel “at home” at Kountry Kitchen. Love this restaurant! Service was excellent. In fact, our server took multiple orders from more than one table and did not write down a thing! That always worries me, but everything came out perfect, as requested.

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!  


Mary Etta’s Cafe

Outstanding breakfasts at Mary Etta’s!  This country diner is an east county institution just outside of El Cajon.  


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