The perfect place and beverage to share some casual conversation.
If we were having a beer, you would be in an unusually good mood.
“Cheryl, let’s have a glass of wine, a Yuengling and a frosty glass for my dapper young friend.”
“I’m all for you opening a tab, but I’d hardly call a Pirates tee shirt and a denim overshirt, dapper.”
“You failed to notice his hair, Cheryl. Recently cut.”
“I had a haircut yesterday, but I don’t think I have enough hair for it to move me into the dapper category.”
“Did you have breakfast?”
“After your haircut. Don’t you usually have breakfast at that dive?”
“Allegro. It’s a diner, not a dive.”
“Let me guess, you had pancakes.”
“No, their pancakes are a little dry. I had a breakfast sandwich and some potatoes.”
“What kind of sandwich?”
“Egg, cheese and bacon on toasted Italian bread.”
“Oh, that sounds so good. Too bad this place isn’t open for breakfast.”
“We already spend enough time here.”
“Time, yes. Money, that remains to be seen. You boys eating anything today?”
“I’m sure we are, Cheryl, as soon as we stop talking about breakfast.”
“Breakfast? Did you see that website I mentioned? The one with the recipe for chickpea pancakes?”
“Cheryl, not only did I see that, I retweeted it with a harsh rebuttal. Chickpeas have no place at the breakfast table.”
“I have no doubt they would be tasty, but not in a breakfast sweet pancake-y way. More like a tortilla. I’m sure your wife has used chickpea flour.”
“She has. In fact, she uses it sometimes to thicken sauces. It sits better with me than cornstarch. But, she doesn’t tell me until I’ve eaten dinner.”
“Chickpeas aside, who makes the best pancakes?”
“Oh, that’s way too hard to determine. I like Maddie’s, and iHop, and Denny’s, and, ooh, . I discovered this week, that I actually like McDonalds pancakes.”
“Here’s your beer and your wine. I used to work for McDonald’s. I always wanted one of their perfect serving size pancake batter dispensers.”
“You used to work at McDonald’s? Funny, I can’t picture you behind that counter. What kind of wine do you serve with a Big Mac?”
“Cheery Coke is as close as we ever came to wine or a mixed drink for that matter. Did you guys look at the specials?”
“I did, the chicken and shrimp thing looks good.”
“Chicken? I didn’t think you ate any part of the chicken other than the wings.”
“I love Scampi, and I love Linguini.”
“You know we have to ask if you want Linguini or Garlic Mashed Potatoes, now.”
“Because of that dingbat woman?”
“Yes, she complained to the owner.”
“She should have been thrown out.”
“Wait, I don’t think I know this story.”
“A woman sitting next to me ordered a dish like this. When it arrived, she was upset that it was served over Garlic Mashed Potatoes.”
“Was that on the menu?”
“Easy Cheryl. It was listed that way, but the woman said she always made hers with Linguini.”
“So, who gives a rat’s ass? This is a restaurant.”
“Exactly, your next glass of wine is on me!”
“Thanks. But, back to the pancakes, if you like Maddie’s so much, why did you order pancakes from McDonald’s?”
“I didn’t, I ordered, and paid for an Egg McMuffin.”
“And they gave you pancakes?”
“They gave me a Big Breakfast. Pancakes, sausage, eggs and a biscuit.”
“What did you say?”
“I tried to explain, but the woman was called away from the window, so I just left.”
“Hmm, maybe I’ll try ordering a glass of wine and hope that Cheryl brings me a glass of Bourbon instead.”
“Unlikely, but we have a new Bourbon, you might like.”
“Really, what kind?”
“I’ve never heard of it.”
“I have. In fact, I’ve had that Bourbon. It’s quite good.”
“You? I’ve rarely seen you order anything other than beer.”
“I drink Bourbon after dinner, on occasion. If I have wine with dinner, I can’t go back to beer.”
“That sounds a little risky. Beers, wine and then Bourbon. That’s a tough drive home.”
“No, this would be when I’m staying in a hotel. I wouldn’t drive after that.”
“So, what’s this stuff look like? Which bottle is it?”
“It’s the one…”
“…with the horse.”
“You know what, I’m buying today. Who deserves a treat more than me?”
“One Blanton’s, and… another Yuengling?”
“Yes, pedestrian, I know, but I’m good.”
“Hey, whether it’s pancakes, beer or Bourbon, it’s nice to see a man that knows what he likes.”
Remember to do yourself a favor and check out Cheryl’s blog.
A little better than the Egg McMuffin is the Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddle
Pancakes and bacon at Maddie’s. That’s a normal size dinner plate.
Maddies’ can serve up more than I should eat before work. this might put me to sleep.
Repeat – Steak and Shake breakfast
Chicken and shrimp scampi
Allegro pancakes. Pretty good, but a little less fluffy than I like.
The Grove’s pancakes are large, thick and delicious.
Allegro egg, cheese and bacon sandwich on toasted Italian bread. And potatoes :)
McDonald’s Big Breakfast. Those pancakes are actually pretty good. And yes, perfectly identical.
Allegro, Italian bread French toast.
Denny’s – breakfast at 2:00 pm