10 February 2008

Breakfast For Dinner

The other evening, Hubby turned to me and said, "I feel like having breakfast for dinner. How would that be for a blog title?"

I thought it was a grand idea. At that point, we just needed to decide where it was that we were going to go to get breakfast for dinner at almost 9 o'clock at night. It had to be somewhere that we wanted to write about so it couldn't be a chain place that would be a snooze for our readers.

After going through some potential options, a light bulb went on in Hubby's head (I could see it in his eyes). "Let's go to Giant Chef [formerly Chef Burger] in Pleasant Hill! I used to go there years ago, and they have great breakfasts served all day and night!"

So it was off to Giant Chef we went.

Hubby ordered the Ham Breakfast ($6.95) that includes, ham, of course, 3 eggs any way you like them, hash browns and toast. It was delivered hot and made to order. This ham steak was probably the most tender ham he had ever had. The browns were crispy outside and fluffy inside, almost like shredded baked potato rather than the usual oily mass that other places tend to serve...how did they do it? The eggs were fresh and cooked to order - he likes them over medium with a dash or two of Tobasco Brand sauce. He ordered rye toast. They only had light rye, which was okay but he prefers dark rye. It was great toast nonetheless. He said that whenever we feel like breakfast for dinner we know exactly where we'll go.

I ordered the Ham Breakfast as well only I had my eggs scrambled and I had wheat toast. I also ordered a side of pancakes--the Short Stack. My goodness were those great pancakes! They smelled like the handmade waffle cones and had a taste that was kind of like vanilla except with another nuance I couldn't quite identify. The two pancakes in a Short Stack are huge! They measured about 7-8" in diameter. I only had half a piece of my toast so I would have room for the pancakes and even then I wasn't able to eat them all.

The service at Giant Chef is very personable with a down-home-small-town feeling. The establishment has been around since the 1940's, so it is a landmark in the community. We observed a number of California Highway Patrol officers and other local law enforcement coming in or going out. If it's popular with the cops than it's gotta be a pretty good place, right?

At the end of our meal, we unknowingly tried to pay with a credit card. Oops! Giant Chef only excepts cash! Remember, they ONLY ACCEPT CASH! We were both short on cash, so I sat in the booth while Hubby ran across the street to an ATM. It was either that or do some dishwashing in back.


jodi said...

Hah! Now I want pancakes for breakfast--of course, it's nearly 2 am here, and my hubby will be up by 7....but I won't be up til I get up. So it might be pancakes for lunch/brunch (but he'll make them because he's that kind of guy....)

Emiline said...

I love breakast for dinner!
That looks delicious. I would have to put on my sweat pants before I left to go there.

Holly said...

It looks yummy! We do breakfast for dinner a lot at our house.

Linda said...

Oh too yummy. We love breakfast for dinner, I fix it at least 3 or 4 times a month. Linda

Kylee said...

We do breakfast for dinner quite often! I've always said, "Who says you have to eat certain foods only at a certain time of day?" Same goes for sleeping. (Says the night owl. LOL)

Romie makes pancakes every Saturday morning. I love waking up to the smell of them cooking. He doesn't cook much, but this is one thing he does very well! :-)

Robin (Bumblebee) said...

When my son was little, my husband was at sea and I was working full-time at the ad agency, I made breakfast at dinner a special treat. My son didn't know it was a quick and easy out for me! We called it "brinner."

Robin at Bumblebee

Siobhan said...

Your breakfast dinner looks so yummy!!! I am glad we are not the only one to do the creadit card thing while out for dinner lol. Glad there was a atm close by.

Siobhan xo

BittersweetPunkin said...

That looks yummy!!I like breakfast for dinner too.

We just got done watching Becoming Jane....I think you'll love it!!!

Deborah said...

Looks delicious to me! We enjoy an evening breakfast once in awhile.

Won't you come over and participate in my Pay it Forward giveaway?


Anonymous said...

every so often we like to have breakfast for dinner too. It's good to mix things up a bit. Your pictures are making me hungry too.

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