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