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The demise of american breakfast (and chicken fried steak.)

calny | Aug 29, 200902:14 PM

I just had an extremely lackluster breakfast at Ole's in Alameda. The place itself is great, you can't beat Alameda for the throwback. The sunnyside up eggs were overcooked on the bottom with runny whites on top. The hash browns looked good, but tasted overwhelmingly of coconut oil from the cheap shortening used on the griddle. The chicken fried steak was not even slightly crispy or crusty and sat on top of library paste, or gravy, it was hard to tell.

This sad state of affairs seems to have become the norm. I haven't had decent homefries in years and I gave up on ham with my eggs since Mel's on Fruitvale closed. Just an aside, but does anyone else miss Anne's Cafe?

Does anyone have a breakfast place, hopefully in the East Bay, that nails all of the elements of a simple american breakfast? At this point, I find Denny's to do a better job with hash browns than any of the specialized breakfast places.

A relate question regards chicken fried steak. Having grown up eating it and watching my mom make it, I realize that it's not really a cooking method that works in a restaurant. That said, does anyone have recent experience with a good restaurant version?

Thanks for the help and feel free to theorize on the reasons behind the death of good eggs/hash browns/homefries.

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