Even when I didn’t religiously eat a morning meal, I had a hard time passing up breakfast foods served at any hour of the day. Maybe because my mom would serve pancakes or eggs, grits and toast for dinner when my dad was out of town and unable to object.
Whether fueled by those special memories or not, my craving for breakfast foods just intensified after seeing Food Network Magazine‘s July/August 2010 issue and its “50 States, 50 Breakfasts” spread.
Let me start by saying I love best-of lists–best restaurants, best dishes, best magazines, best lists. And when my home state’s chamber of commerce put out a brochure titled “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die,” I was in heaven. My own culinary bucket list!
Quickly scanning Food Network Magazine’s best breakfast picks, I was pleasantly surprised to see a restaurant from my hometown, Mobile, Ala., and from my current city, Savannah, Ga., make the list. Though I haven’t sampled the featured morning fare (yet!) at either place, I have dined at both and haven’t been disappointed.
Mobile’s Café 615 menu approach is best described as Southern tastes with a gourmet twist, and its Food Network Magazine best breakfast, Eggs Mauvila, is no exception. This Southern take on Eggs Benedict combines cheese grit cakes, poached eggs, bacon, hollandaise sauce and lump crab meat. The result is a traditional dish seasoned with local flavor. So it’s no wonder that its moniker “Mauvila” comes from the Indian tribe for which the city is named.
The site of the Georgia entry, B. Matthew’s Eatery in Savannah, is a favorite lunch spot of mine, but I have sampled their fresh blueberry and raspberry scones still warm from the oven. Absolutely. To. Die. For.
My noontime usual is a fried green tomato sandwich, and I can’t imagine that their best breakfast of HabersHam and Eggs would be any less delicious. This thick-cut, sugar-cured ham comes with eggs, gravy and a biscuit. Like the Eggs Mauvila, the name of B. Matthew’s dish is inspired by local history. Savannah native Joseph Habersham, an active statesman, businessman and soldier, was one of the state’s delegates who helped ratify the U.S. Constitution.
Just as with these two personally familiar spots, Food Network Magazine’s spread describes the best dishes from each of the other 48 states too, along with photos, prices and where to find them. Though most are variations on the traditional, some unusual dishes–like the Oatmeal Soufflé from Red Feather Lounge in Boise, Idaho, or the Buenos Dias Fritatta (packed with spicy chorizo and drizzled with sour cream and chipotle sauce) from The Chef in Manhattan, Kansas–make their way in.
Are you lucky enough to live near any of Food Network Magazine’s picks or have you sampled them on your travels? If so, I’d love to get your feedback. If your favorite spot was left off the list, please share that too. In the meantime, I’ve got some breakfast plans to make.