Americans know how to do breakfast and do it well! Just about every breakfast menu in American restaurants will have dozens of items on the menu to choose from. The portions are normally huge and a good breakfast can easily keep you going until its time for the evening meal. Because the portion sizes are so big you often have to decide whether to go to a breakfast place or a buffet so you can have a little bit of several different items. Some of the more popular items on breakfast menus include:
|A Sausage Egg & Egg Biscuit - Source|
Biscuits: Biscuits are a breakfast staple and on just about every table. They are similar to scones in Australia but are not as sweet as they often do not have eggs or sugar in the recipe. One of the most popular way to serve biscuits is with some type of protein (usually a chicken filet, sausage patty, bacon or ham) and a lot of time egg and cheese is added as well. Biscuits can also be served as a plain biscuit with plenty of butter and your choice of jams/jellies. Biscuits are a big deal in America and there are some restaurants that serve them for lunch and dinner as a side dish for fried chicken and there is even a baseball team called the biscuits (You can read about my trip to see the Biscuits in action here).
|Grits - Source|
Bacon: Bacon is enjoyed across the United States and is my favourite of the breakfast meats. Bacon is normally served either as a rasher or on a biscuit, croissant or bagel. American bacon is also known as side bacon (which comes from the belly of the pig) and normally cooked until it is quite crispy. It has a lot of fat surrounding the meat which is much different to the bacon served in Australia. The type of bacon served in Australia has a much lower fat content is available in American but is known as Canadian bacon.
- Chicken and Waffles: A combination of fried chicken and waffles served with syrup. Its not available everywhere but is worth a try.
- Omelets: Most menus have at least a handful of different omelets on the menu. Scrambled eggs are mixed with a variety of ingredients that can include sausage, ham, bacon, crab, lobster and just about anything else you can imagine.
- French Toast: French toast is bread that has been dipped in beaten eggs then pan fried. It is often served with powdered sugar and maple syrup. It is almost as popular as pancakes at most breakfast joints.
- Monte Cristo: A Monte Cristo sandwich is not the easiest item to find on a menu but is a real treat. It is basically sliced ham and cheese sandwiched between two pieces of french toast. It is often served with maple syrup and preserves. How could you go wrong with a meal like this?
As you can see there is a lot of options on the breakfast menu. Often the hardest part is deciding just one of the delicious options you want that day. What is your favourite breakfast food?