If, under some sort of food tyranny, I were forced to choose only one of the three meals in a day, ever after to eat solely breakfast, lunch or dinner, I wouldn’t flinch: breakfast.

Don’t get me wrong: a great pizza pie or an amazing cookie are practically food groups unto themselves, and I’d miss them. But, when push comes to shove, you just can’t beat the first meal, the one that boasts pastries and eggs and fruits and granola. Belgian waffles and blueberry pancakes and sticky buns and French toast. Breakfast can be delightfully carb-heavy, have you noticed? Maybe that’s why I like it so much. And, health-wise, if you’re going to eat a lot of carbs, it’s best to do it early, so your body has the whole day to burn it off. At least, these are the arguments I make when faced with a good chocolate croissant or a fresh brioche.

Given that I have such a soft spot for breakfast, you could probably guess I love weekend brunches. And, therefore, I’ve now tried so many breakfast places, I couldn’t even name them all. There are several great spots I frequent, but one remains my all-time, stand-out favorite. It’s called Egg Harbor Cafe, and there are 14 total locations, all in the Chicago suburbs.

The decor is country, a cozy mix of rooster- and chicken-related knick-knacks, with simple booths and tables. The service is always good (and I’ve been there hundreds of times), and the food—well, the food is consistently outstanding.

My entree of choice is the {Season} in Italy French Toast, which changes quarterly. The summer version, pictured in this post, highlights stacked layers of French toast, made of white bread and linked through strawberry-flavored cheese. The toppings are blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and granola, with a raspberry sauce tying everything together. Breakfast perfection–as delectable as it is filling and, affordable!, at just $8.95.

If you’re in the area, run, don’t walk, to this fantastic restaurant. They also serve lunch, which, though not as appealing to me, obviously, is just as good. In fact, just thinking about the cream of chicken soup is making my mouth water.

Egg Harbor Cafe, 14 locations throughout Chicagoland

For a list of locations: go here.

Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

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  1. Rachel

    I made some PB&J fremch toast the other night!! so yum….

  2. Shannalee

    Rae, how does that work? Just make a PB&J and dip it in the French toast batter like normal bread?

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  4. Adam

    It would be remiss of me not to add that the Fried Green Tomato Benedict (summer menu only!) is absolutely one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten. Part of me ordered it just because of the movie and every time watching Jessica Tandy bite into this amazing-looking birthday fried green tomato…wishing I could have one too.

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  6. Terry Hay

    Don’t use there contact link they never respond have tried three times in last month for a simple question. Must be to busy to respond.

  7. Shannalee

    Hey, Terry – I’m sorry to hear that! I actually had someone from Egg Harbor get back to me very quickly when I wrote. Maybe the contact link is broken for some reason. Send me an e-mail at Shannalee [at] FoodlovesWriting [dot] com, and I can get you another address.

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