In an obviously appropriate follow up to my hippie bashing, I will sing the praises of greasy diner breakfast food. Well, not so much singing but grunting. After eating this kind of breakfast, I can't be bothered to move let along sing. After a night of wine "tasting" with one of my favorite people in the world, I needed a hearty breakfast.
So, off to
's Country Junction in Sandy we headed. Clovis
If the following picture does not make you want to deep fry the closet edible item next to you, then you may be dead inside. (And you are tap dancing on the reminder of the little red "x" in the top right corner of your screen.)
Scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon and biscuits and gravy. It was amazing. Although, the best part of this restaurant was that the milk came in a glass cowboy boot.
So, this got me thinking. I love greasy breakfast food. Okay, technically I love most greasy food, but greasy breakfast food deserves a shout out. Because it is, as my kid says, boss.
A list of reasons greasy diners are the best place for breakfast:
- It is real food. There is no truffle oil, no vegetarian "ham" substitutes and no egg whites.
- They have white gravy. I don't want to get into the difference between white and brown gravy so I will just say that white gravy is amazing and we will leave it at that.
- You can go looking like you just rolled out of bed (probably because you did) and you fit right in.
- The coffee comes in a mug and it just keeps coming.
- You get more food than you need, but you will certainly not need to eat again until dinner (unless you are my husband or one of my four brothers).
- This is not French Laundry and nobody cares who you are. In fact, the only people who get special treatment here are the old ranchers that have been coming here for 30+ years. So take your Ed Hardy shirt and your spray tanned wife and wait with the rest of us. Quietly.
- Ordering fruit instead of hash browns. If you wanted brunch, you should go to brunch (in fact, I am a huge fan. Brunch = mimosas.) But do not come to a diner and try to "healthy up" the food. You ordering an egg white omelette with organic veggies just got you an eye rolling from the waitress. And I will most likely make fun of you and write about you in my blog.
- Yes, the coffee sucks. It is part of the experience. Either have your Starbucks on your way there, or take the approach I do. Embrace the nastiness of the coffee...you are in a freaking diner!!! What on earth do you expect? But most importantly...shutty.
- The management is aware that the waitresses are rude. They do not need to hear it from you because they are too busy to care what you think. But more importantly, with foods like bacon, hotcakes, chicken fried steak and white gravy sitting in front of you...why on earth are you paying attention to the waitress?
- Undertipping a greasy diner breakfast waitress. If anyone deserves a 20% tip (don't be a douche and tip less than 20% when your waitress is working hard) it is the greasy diner breakfast waitress. She is up at 5 am on a Sunday to serve you eggs and pancakes at 10 am when you finally roll out of bed. It is a hard job.
Here is to bacon and white gravy...and if you are lucky enough, bacon bits in your white gravy. Cheers!