The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

20 December 2007

In the sub-McMuffin zone

Been there, eaten that:

All the hotel chains now offer a "continental breakfast". I've seen a few, very few, that are actually worth having. Most feature your choice of raisin bran or fruit loops, a basket of brown fruit, envelopes of oatmeal in the flavors that nobody likes, stacks of bread and thawed waffles next to a toaster, and a selection of stale mini-muffins and even more stale mini-danish. All washed down with coffee-colored hot water and watered-down orange or apple juice.

You certainly wouldn't get that sort of thing on the Continent. On World Tour '07 I usually went for a banana and either a slice of toast or a cruller, on the basis that these are hard to screw up. The only really memorable breakfasts I had involved meeting people far away from the hotel grounds: Andrea Harris in Florida, Bigwig in North Carolina, Tamara K. in Tennessee. (I met some other wonderful folks, but not for breakfast.)

The one exception was at my hotel in Shreveport, perhaps because it's illegal to serve boring food in Louisiana unless you're within three miles of an Interstate.

Posted at 6:57 AM to Worth a Fork


I still drool over the complimentary breakfasts offered at our hotels when we went to Europe. Good coffee, good cheeses, and good breads. Oh, I miss those mornings. It beats a waffle shaped like the state of Texas any day.

Posted by: Dwight at 8:40 AM on 20 December 2007

You want lousy "continental" breakfasts, you should have had the ones available at the hotels I stayed at while driving from North Carolina to Florida with the "new" car a few months ago. One place had those cheap muffin-shaped things that Walmart sells in the stale Halloween candy sale aisle. On the other hand, it was "free" (that is, included in the room price).

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 9:59 AM on 20 December 2007

Actually, more of the hotels I've stayed at that include waffles, offer batter in little cups and one or two working turn-'em-over-halfway-through waffle irons. I don't remember ever seeing waffles just lying out to be dropped in a toaster. Most everything else described by Mr. Rocket is pretty much correct, though.

Howard Johnson's (at least the one in Rocklin, California -- being the best hotel near my brother's house) actually has people making the waffles (and omelettes) to order for paying guests.

Posted by: McGehee at 3:12 PM on 20 December 2007