I’m a chef. Here are the 6 breakfasts I wouldn’t order from a restaurant and 6 I totally would.

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I would not order an omelet from a restaurant because it can be dry.doug m/Shutterstock

  • I’m a chef and there are some breakfasts I love ordering out and others I never do.

  • I won’t order an omelet, yogurt parfait, or avocado toast at a restaurant.

  • I love getting shakshuka, acai bowls, and breakfast burritos for breakfast.

A man eating avocado toast with a poached egg.A man eating avocado toast with a poached egg.

I can make avocado toast at home.Getty

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Ordering an omelet can be risky when you want your eggs cooked a certain way.

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I want my eggs to jiggle in the center.Shebeko/Shutterstock

This one may be controversial, but unless I know that the eggs will have plenty of jiggle in the center, I’m not ordering an omelet for breakfast.

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I’m a firm believer in the saying “done in the skillet is dry on the plate” — and dry takes on a whole new meaning by the time your meal makes it to the table in a restaurant.

Egg whites aren’t the move.

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If I’m going to get eggs, I want the yolk and white.Julie Vader/Shutterstock

As noted, I’m not someone who orders omelets at restaurants. I also will skip ordering any egg dish with just the whites.

When you remove the delicious, fatty egg yolks, you come away with an even drier breakfast.

I only order bagels from tried-and-true spots.

An everything bagel with lox and cream cheese and tomato.An everything bagel with lox and cream cheese and tomato.

I love a good bagel, but I like to know who’s making it.Paul Brighton/Shutterstock

A great bagel is a work of art. So unless I’m dining at a known and proven bagel haven (which usually involves a long line and brief service), I’m opting for toast or an English muffin for my breakfast sandwich.

I love yogurt, but I eat enough parfaits at home.

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I usually eat parfaits at home.ESstock/Shutterstock

As someone with a deep, abiding love for yogurt, I’m pretty picky about my parfaits. Plus this is my go-to breakfast at home — when I’m eating out, I like to try something a little more adventurous.

I don’t believe in ordering plain pancakes.

Pancake with butter.Pancake with butter.

This one was better than pancakes made with actual eggs.Tayler Adigun

The saucer-sized pancakes you find at most diners need something to break up the monotony a bit.

For me, that means chocolate chips, blueberries, or bananas. And, of course, a generous dollop of whipped cream.

On the other hand, I love ordering a breakfast sandwich on a croissant.

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It’s even better when the croissant is baked fresh.ismishko/Shutterstock

Why not take your egg and cheese up a level and serve it on a buttery croissant? This is a treat, especially if you’re dining somewhere that makes its pastries in-house.

Breakfast burritos can be filling and delicious.

The breakfast burrito smothered in green chile at Onefold.The breakfast burrito smothered in green chile at Onefold.

Breakfast burritos come with many sauces and fillings.Monica Humphries/Insider

A great breakfast burrito, with a fresh tortilla, soft-scrambled eggs, and plenty of salsa can be hard to perfect at home, but so satisfying when done right at a restaurant.

Acai bowls are tasty.

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Acai bowls are easy to customize, too.zjuzjaka/Shutterstock

There’s something about having someone else make your smoothie that makes it a touch magical. And any time I can choose my own toppings? I’m in.

Shakshuka is also an excellent savory choice.

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Shakshuka pairs perfectly with crusty bread.Alexander Spatari/Getty Images

Popular in North Africa and the Middle East, this tomato-and-egg dish is savory and delicious.

Give me a heel of crusty bread and a bubbling skillet of jammy tomato sauce enveloping runny yolks and I’m happy.

If there’s a bloody-mary bar, I’m in.

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You can load up a bloody mary with olives, bacon, and more.Danielle W Press/Shutterstock

Pickles, olives, and shrimp, oh my! Even a virgin bloody mary can hit the spot when you’re after something savory and satisfying. I love being able to have extra garnish on top.

Chilaquiles make for a killer breakfast.

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Chilaquiles are a savory dish.David Sahad/Shutterstock

This Mexican dish is a delicious display of complex textures: crunchy chips, chunky salsa, smooth sauce, and melty cheese. It’s an ideal excuse to eat tortilla chips for breakfast.

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