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Here are a few of my latest finds for out-of-this-world breakfasts.


Hole in the Wall Resturant in Blairsville, Georgia
Hole in the Wall just off the square in Blairville

Hole in the Wall In Blairsville, Georgia is a diehard traditionalist when it comes to  breakfast. They believe in the old standards of ham, sausage,  bacon,  eggs and biscuits.  And you can have it your way any time of day. What makes this small restaurant standout is the size and quality of its food. My favorite is the two eggs and ham. That ham steak is a jumbo sized cover-your-plate steak complete with the bone.

Their other offerings are also high quality and very filling. For biscuits and gravy fans, their biscuits are homemade and the gravy is very tasty.  All the food comes from locals and you will find the place filed with friendly locals every morning. That's a sure sign that a restaurant is doing it right. The fact that Hole in the Wall has been in business since 1931 is another good indicator of its quality  food. They have been voted "Best in Blairsville."

Grits bowl at Lemongrass in Macon Georgia
One tasty grits bowl at Lemongrass

Lemongrass A Thai Bistro in Macon Georgia is not a place you would expect to find some wonderful southern breakfasts.  Actually, it's brunch there is too much food for a traditional breakfast.   My favorite here is a true Southern original, The Gourmet Grits Bowl. You start out with a good sized bowl of Red Mule stone ground grits. Then you pick two choices from cheddar, goat cheese, andouille sausage, sausage gravy, applewood smoked bacon, sauteed veggies, Cajun spiced black tiger shrimp, 2 eggs any style. If that doesn't fill your bill, you can add extra choices for a small sum. I picked the andouille sausage and two sunny side up eggs and had to add in the shrimp. Yummie!

Lemongrass is the brainchild of two partners, Gary Schechterle and Tom Sarrtsud wanted something vital and alive and vey fresh. Nothing is precooked. Tom who is the chef, credits his wife in turning his attention to Thai food. He was trained in French cooking so the many Cajun special such as Crème Brûlee French and some very special Eggs Benedict  are no surprise. He worked his way up from dishwasher in New York restaurants to executive chef at the 4-Star InterContinental Hotel.

You will find great coffee and hot tea choices here as well. I am a tea drinker and was so happy to see several types of tea bags and a beautiful ceramic pot to keep water hot for that second cup. For coffee drinkers, they even stock New Orleans style coffee and chicory.

The Breakfast club in Tybee Island, Georgia
Tried and true, the Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club in Tybee Island has no atmosphere to speak of but you will find some of the most delicious and unique breakfasts anywhere. In fact, the owner, Joseph (Jody) Savowsky, a CIA graduate,  is such a great chef he was invited to cook for JFK Jr. at his secret wedding on Cumberland Island. He didn't know who he would be cooking for when he was invited to come there and perform his culinary magic. He has won "Best Breakfast in Savannah" numerous times.

When you sample his PMS omelet, a two-egg omelet filled with spinach, garlic, mushrooms, and parmesan cheese served with grits, bacon, and home-made toast .or any of the special dishes you will understand why this place is special. If you don't like anything on the menu, Jody invites you to create your own omelet choosing from over a dozen additional ingredients mix it up with the whisked eggs. When I told the waitress I was a grits connoisseur and theirs really rated high, she let me in on Jody's special secret ingredient. He cooks the grits in chicken stock instead of plain water. Try it. You won't regret it.

Seafood_omelet at Favorites Southern Kitchen in Lake Charles, Louisiana
New kid on the block, Favorites Southern Kitchen,  comes up with one delicious omelet

Perhaps you wouldn't think a casino would be the best place to have a Louisiana style  breakfast  but Favorites Southern Kitchen at L'auberge Casino in  Lake Charles, Louisiana is a sure winner. It's brand new and sparkling like a jewel. It opened December 2014. On a recent trip there, I enjoyed their Louisiana Seafood Omelet. It was huge and tasty; filled with well seasoned shrimp and bluecrab meat plus scallions, bell pepper and goat cheese and seasoned to perfection. Their biscuits were light and served with homemade blueberry/raspberry preserves and whipped butter. Their other choices looked tempting as well.  Who wouldn't want to taste such delicacies as Crawfish Frittatas or Cajun Casserole Breakfast. You don't have to drive down to New Orleans to sample beignets. You will find them here.

Chef Kevin Thompson is an expert at exploiting the flexibility of Cajun dishes. He certainly did himself proud with his breakfast choices at Favorites Southern Kitchen.

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