Some individuals, I will spare from naming them, think breakfast is a meal in which anything goes. Breakfast is supposedly easy to make and good anywhere. Breakfast is breakfast just as Pizza is Pizza. No matter what it's pretty good. This is not true. I whole-heartedly disagree. Breakfast is my favorite meal. It is easy to cook a horrible breakfast. I have eaten soggy or extra dry eggs. I've had sunny side up eggs (my favorite) when the yoke is unmovable. Well, a good breakfast is hard to find.
I visited two restaurants recently. The first is Kramer's Bookstore and Afterwards in DuPont Circle. It's a fantastic place with great book selection and an inventive menu. I ate there around 5 am. They have specific menus for each part of the day and when I went it was the early morning / late night menu. It included about ten items. Each entree is unique with a vivid description. I ordered the huevos rancheros with turkey sausage. The food was good, it filled 3/4 of the plate and it also came with some tasty fried hash browns. Everything was good, except for the price. The meal costs 20 without tip. Oh yes, it also came with your choice of coffee or juice. I decided on water, my normal choice.
Two days later I went out for breakfast again. This time I left the DC area and headed into Maryland to College Park to have a diner experience. I stopped at the College Park Diner. The diner appears old and outdated. Well, let's be nice, it's rustic. The table booths are from an elementary school cafeteria (I like to imagine). There isn't many tables because it's a small place. But there is a bar where you can sit, eat from the entire menu all day long, and watch your food as it is prepared right. My number one choice is the Country Fried Steak and eggs. I placed my order, waited seven minutes, and before I could start the next conversation, the food arrived. I'm not usually in favor of "more is better" but this time it was. My plate was beyond full with a sizable piece of country fried steak with country gravy, tons of crispy hash browns, two eggs sunny side up, and two delicious biscuits. My plate had no room to spare. Each item was hot and delicious. I have never felt more satisfied after breakfast. The satisfaction didn't end after the meal when I walked up to the register to pay my 8.75 bill. Double the food, better service, fresher, and yet half the price. I don't care for how a place looks as long as it's not a dump and is suitably nice to have a meal in.
The College Park Diner is a must eat. Kramer's is good, but grossly overpriced. Even if it is in the city, the price is no excuse. If you live in the city or in the metro area not to far from College Park then I would suggest hitting up the College Park Diner. I'm sure to go there again.