The bitter cold of this January has not deterred Mike and me from beginning our 2014 #52breakfasts quest!
We started off the year with a pleasant experience at the Hi Life! Diner in Mechanicsburg. I was in a “sweet mood” and the specials board had “Cranberry Banana Pancakes” So I looked no further. They were really good! Mike opted for a Turkey & Pastrami w/Asparagus Omelette which may have actually been “turkey pastrami” because there was no actual pastrami to be found in it. He enjoyed it otherwise. Hi Life! does breakfast 24 hours a day. It’s a safe bet with nice service.
Week Two we joined our friend Sue at The Gas Station in Hummelstown. They do a Sunday Brunch from 11-3 each week. It’s $10.95 for each dish and INCLUDES your choice of Bloody Mary, Mimosa, Screwdriver or Non-Alcoholic beverage. Great prices and clever menu. I had the Petrol, which was sort of a bennie done with Shortrib on Fried Potato Skins w/ a truffled Mornay Sauce. It was pretty yummy, and I was super pleased with the bloody! Sue had a crab cake benedict w/ roasted tomato hollandaise, which was one of the specials. Freakin’ delicious! Mike had already scoped out the “Full Service” which was a crocque Madame reuben-style!
All in all, The Gas Station was a deliciously sound value, although the food could have been warmer!
Now week 3 brings our winner of the month:
Last winter, Shakedown BBQ began a Sunday Breakfast Series for about 8 or 9 weeks. We missed it, but this year we were right on time! They post that weeks breakfast menu around noon on Wed via twitter & facebook and then reservations for their 3 seatings opens. Seating is at 8, 9:15 and 10:30. BOOK on a Wednesday ASAP (but not for Super-the Big Game-Sunday) They only have about 16 seats indoors.
We met our friends Ryan and Stefan for Shakedown’s opening breakfast week on Jan 19th. UNBELIEVABLE! Because we love to eat and our friends are always happy to share we could pretty much taste the full menu.
We started by sharing the Tomato Pie w/ Bacon Jam…yes. BACON.JAM.
The big breakfast item was Chicken & Waffles. We weren’t sure what to expect because that means different things to different people, but this was the best of all worlds! A waffle beautfully friend boneless chicken breast, smothered in a creamy chicken & bacon gravy.
Mike went with the Shakedown SunRise & Shine which is two eggs, breakfast meat, sunrise spuds and grilled bread. We’re not sure if it automagically comes with bacon and sausage, but what a good solid way to start the day!
Stefan and I both went with the Creme Brulee French toast w/ berries and Creme Anglaise. It had a delightful crunch from the burnt sugar but was not overly sweet, so it was PERFECT! I love that they serve their sweet dishes with breakfast meat as well, because I adore sweet, smoky, savory combinations and this fits the bill!
The fact that Shakedown is a barbecue joint and is BYOB makes it one of our favorite nice weather spots. We brought Mimosas to begin our Sunday! How to find it? Make a right by the Hollywood Casino and Race Track in Grantville…and follow the smoke!
Mike’s and my last spot this month was a traditional greasy spoon, The West Shore Diner by the West Shore Farmer’s Market. This place is in one of those old metal diners and it’s right out of the 50′s, complete with old album covers decorating the inside. Not for the claustrophic or someone who likes everything spic & span! This is a working man’s joint! Good food and a lot of character! Mike had a Philly Cheesesteak Omelet, and I had sausage gravy over biscuits and homefries (with onions!)