Just Like Home

When we are planning on going out to dinner, I don’t like to eat very much for lunch. On the other hand, even though we eat dinner early, it’s not like I’m going to make it all day without a meal. So, I have breakfast.

It’s not much of a disruption, since I love having breakfast.

Sometimes, I cave into convenience and snag an Egg McMuffin but given an early-enough start, I’ll stop at Maddie’s. I sit at the counter and enjoy a homemade breakfast, a nice cup of coffee and a little friendly conversation with the waitress and /or some of the regulars.

As I was finishing my pancakes yesterday, the waitress swung by to top-off my coffee. I tried to wave her off, saying that I was about to be leaving. She smiled and said:

Then I’ll pour this all into a to-go cup.”

She took a large cup off the stack, filled it and sent me on my way full and happy.

“The emojis of my day” – Maybe that should have been the one-liner

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. You can follow this link to see the one-liners from the other participants.


  1. Yep. Work sure can be a buzz kill. Some days there just isn’t enough coffee. We love diner breakfast. Wish I could ever eat a pancake like that without huge guilt. Does that place have anything to do with your best friend’s name? Or just coinkydink? (Our slang word for, well, you can figure it out)Happy Hump Day Dan!

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  2. Love the cat mug and, of course, love those homey diners with yummy food that take good care of its customers. That was so nice of the waitress to send you on your way with more coffee. Work mornings require coffee, although I would include that stack of pancakes if there was time and fewer calories (as Cheryl said). Enjoy your Wednesday, Dan!

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    • Thanks Mary. I still managed to overeat for the day, if you combine the dinner we had with that breakfast. The extra coffee was just so nice. When someone does something nice for you at 6:00 am, you’re going to have a good day.

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  3. Those are pancakes that are real pancakes, Dan! I like pancakes at home, but when I eat out, I prefer eggs, toast, and hash browns, maybe with a side of meat. Either way, it’s a good way to start the day and when you have a nice server as well, that’s even better.

    Off to have my breakfast, homemade granola and fruit this morning (the fruit isn’t homemade, of course, but the granola is.)


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    • Thanks, Janet. The pancakes are very good. Pretty light and a great size. Once, I ordered just one. I got two. The waitress said: “Maddie thinks you should have two.” She was right.

      Homemade granola? Doe that mean it only has the stuff you like? That’s probably what I’d have to do. In any case, it sounds healthy and good.


  4. There is nothing like a great breakfast place. Near the University of Minnesota, there is this little cafe called Al’s Breakfast. It only has 13 stools (no booths) and only serves breakfast until midday when it closes. The lines back up out the door and snake down the block. The only disadvantage is that you don’t linger at Al’s, on the other hand, you spend most of your time in line and the lines are gas, well worth waiting in.

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    • I would totally expect “Al’s Breakfast” to be fantastic! I love places like that.

      I was walking past a grungy diner in Philadelphia once, called Texas Wieners. The sign in the window said it was open for breakfast, and I saw at least a dozen cops eating breakfast. I’ve been back to Philly three times for a conference, and I always have breakfast there.

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  5. I am not a luncher (cup of yogurt at my desk works fine for me), but I gotta have breakfast. Pancakes or Belgian waffles are the best. How come my pancakes never turn out near as good as breakfast-out pancakes? What a great waitress. Coffee-to-go? Yes, please. Have a good one, Dan.

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    • Thanks Lois. My wife makes pretty good pancakes, but she will make them for a breakfast-as-dinner meal. For breakfast, I have a few places where I know I can get a good pancake in a comfortable setting. I think the “out” part, i.e. not mixing, waiting, cleaning…makes it better.

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    • Thanks Deborah. That sky didn’t stay red more than 30 seconds after I stopped. I’ve been burned by trying to get that picture from a better place. I figured the highway on-ramp was good enough.

      I have been in a pancake mood for over a year. I can’t seem to get enough of them.

      Maddie wasn’t so cute when she stole my spot, but this made up for it.

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      • So your image of pancakes made me want them so I made a small batch, and you won’t believe it…my maple syrup is expired! DOH!

        I ate one plain anyway, but am heading to the market soon to get stuff and you can be sure I added maple syrup to my list.

        Thankfully you have a safe place to pull over on that on ramp, and not worry about getting ticketed!

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        • Oh no!!! Must get maple syrup!

          The shoulder on that ramp often has a tractor-trailer rig sitting on it overnight, so plenty of room for my little Jeep. But, it’s uphill, so below the traffic, so I have to wait for a break. Fortunately that’s easier here in suburban CT than on most highways in CA.

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  6. Love the red sky & Maddie! Pancakes, no way! You might say I’m on a restricted, long life diet. Must live to age 99. I now have 2 great-grand babies. Need to see them grow up! Please eat a pancake for me, with lots of butter & maple
    syrup (sigh). 😞 Christine

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  7. Hi Dan – t’other way round for me … breakfast finishes me off for the day, as too lunch … a light one – then I really enjoy my dinner/supper. Though your waitress sounds a delight – and no wonder you feel at home there … now I’m hungry – but I’ll have my salad later on, and wait the day out! Cheers Hilary

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    • If I added my normal bit of scrambled eggs and bacon or sausage, I’d be done got the day, too. Just two pancakes is enough, but not too much. Still, when the day was over, I had eaten too much. Thanks for stopping here, Hilary!


    • It’s hard to tell. We had a bit of rain that day, but so far, Harvey seems to be hanging in the south. Still, one weather pattern influences others. If the forecasters can’t get it right, what chance do I have?

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