When I have pork and eggs for breakfast, I don't much care if the pork is bacon, ham, or sausage - I like them all. While I usually have my eggs over easy, I also like scrambled, sunny side up, and even poached. I'd rather have wheat toast, but rye's fine, and white will do in a pinch.
But my potatoes? They've got to be home fries. Again, I'm not all that rigid. I have had home fries with onion, and with green pepper, and with a little chopped up bacon, and loved them all because of the basic ingredient: leftover boiled potatoes, sliced up into chunks, and fried in a griddle or pan with lots of butter until they get a beautiful crust. Honest hash browns are nearly acceptable, if they're made on a griddle out of grated potatoes, but so often these days, "hash browns" means some previously frozen deep fried cake that crunches in your mouth like a cracker, instead of that glorious crust melting slowly into sheer delight. (Latke fans - I just despair of finding a decent one these days, but they are sublime when done correctly.)
And I am just mad beyond belief when the plate brought before me has "home fries" that clearly came out of the freezer, and went into the deep fryer. Most of the time, they are these little cylinders whose potato ancestry is many generations removed. I suspect they are made from potato flour and thickeners - doesn't that sound yummy?
What truly galls me is the place that's most convenient to stop by on my way to work has a good breakfast special - 3 eggs, sausage or ham or bacon, toast, and choice of potatoes for $3.99. Their "potato" choices are rice (for breakfast?!), roast potatoes (replete with extra grease), and the aforementioned abomination masquerading as home fries. I look at the roast potatoes, and think "Gee, couldn't they cut these up, fry them next to the bacon or ham, and give me real home fries?". But they won't.
Am I the only who feels this way? Is Toronto the only place where they foist these awful things upon you? And if you've had great home fries, I'd like to hear about it!