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Don't sleep on the over-the-top menu items at these jumping breakfast joints. From the massive, marinated pork rib chop served with two eggs at Matt's Big Breakfast in Phoenix to the decadent Red Velvet Waffle topped with cream cheese frosting at The Waffle in Los Angeles, these morning options are destined to get your day off to a filling start.
Slow Roasted Pork Hash — Succotash (Kansas City, MO)
Chase away the morning blues with a stop at this cheerful, colorful cafe that offers fresh takes on comfort food classics, including Slow Roasted Pork Hash. The star of this scrumptious dish is pork butt dressed up with a rub made of black pepper, dark chili powder, paprika, salt and a healthy dose of cayenne. It’s slow-roasted for 15 hours, then combined with potatoes to create a hearty dish of hash that is as flavorful as it is filling. Sunny-side up eggs, black beans, cheese, tortillas and salsa verde complete the Southwestern experience.
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Jive Turkey Waffle — Funk 'n Waffles (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Wacky means wildly delicious at this hip little spot, where breakfast classics get creative makeovers. Dig into the array of sweet and savory Belgian waffles, like the Jive Turkey. Made with a Thanksgiving-approved batter of bread cubes, celery, caramelized onion, rosemary and chicken broth, the waffle is topped with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce.
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Peanut Butter and Banana Stuffed French Toast — Cafe 222 (San Diego)
This quirky cafe gives classic French toast the Elvis treatment with its Peanut Butter and Banana Stuffed French Toast, inspired by the King’s favorite sandwich. The plate features a peanut-butter-and-banana filling nestled between two thick pieces of grilled bread that have been dipped in a batter of fresh-squeezed orange juice, eggs, cinnamon and rum, among other ingredients.
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Three-Cheese Omelet — Miss Katie's Diner (Milwaukee)
This funky, '50s-style diner rocks breakfast around the clock, with a massive array of classic morning meals, like the three-cheese omelet. As the name promises, the dish includes three melting, gooey types of Wisconsin cheese — cheddar, Swiss and provolone — alongside a thatch of hash browns and two pieces of toast.
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The Chop & Chick — Matt's Big Breakfast (Phoenix)
This tiny mom-and-pop joint caters to big appetites, with a menu of hearty breakfast dishes created from scratch using the freshest ingredients. The popular Chop & Chick features a juicy eight-ounce pork rib chop that is marinated in a housemade pesto, seared, and then served with two eggs, toast and your choice of hash browns or home fries.
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Red Velvet Waffle — The Waffle (Los Angeles)
Waffles are literally the name of the game at this hip morning spot where creative spins on the breakfast classic are dished out in a retro-modern dining space. Indulge in the Red Velvet Waffle, which features a breakfast-friendly take on the classic Southern cake. The rich batter is made of buttermilk, cocoa and clarified butter. After it’s cooked in the waffle iron, this scrumptious creation is topped off with a dab of fluffy cream cheese frosting.
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Bloody Joe — Easy Joe's (Seattle)
Wake up your taste buds with a stop at this cozy neighborhood pub whose signature breakfast dish is the Bloody Joe, a super-spicy creation inspired by a classic American cocktail. This unusual menu item features poached eggs punched up by a housemade concoction that includes Bloody Mary mix, habanero paste and the optional addition of peppered vodka. Served over grits and garnished with celery, it’s a colorful, crazy-hot meal that is sure to kick-start your day.
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Suicide Stack — Heart and Soul Cafe (Cave Creek, Ariz.)
Dig into 13 layers of pure breakfast decadence at Heart and Soul Cafe, which pushes even the biggest appetites to the limit with an over-the-top menu item called the Suicide Stack. A whopping 35 pounds, this all-forks-on-deck dish features an insane amount of ingredients, including chicken-fried steak, green pork chili, scrambled eggs, ham steak, redeye gravy and beans, hash browns, jalapeno cheese sauce, buttermilk fried chicken and country gravy, all sandwiched between layers of flaky, buttery biscuits with a topping of stuffed jalapeno peppers.
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Sage Fried Chicken and Bacon Waffles — Hash House A Go Go (Las Vegas)
Hash House A Go Go serves oversize portions of farm-inspired classics, a fitting breakfast for a town that thrives on extravagance. One winning breakfast bet is the Sage Fried Chicken and Bacon Waffles. This towering dish stuffs a fluffy waffle with smoked bacon. Next, two crisp pieces of sage-fried chicken are piled on top under a cascade of hot maple reduction. The whole lot is finished off with rosemary and fresh leeks.
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The Thing — King’s Chef Diner (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Start your morning with the royal breakfast treatment at the King’s Chef Diner, where the outrageous portions are rivaled only by the bold, purple-castle decor. Head straight for The Thing: a five-pound platter of breakfast favorites. It comes with two pieces of Texas toast buried under a mound of crisped hash browns, along with eggs and your choice of bacon, sausage or ham. This entire lot is then topped with homemade green chili and a half pound of grated cheese.
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