Three new downtown breakfast options

B&C Barbecue in downtown Wichita recently introduced a breakfast buffet.

Wichita loves breakfast, and more and more, Wichita restaurants love to serve it.

Downtown Wichita is a breakfast eater’s paradise these days, what with The Beacon, Egg Cetera and Old Mill Tasty Shop and Rain’s weekend offerings.

Now, three more are joining the bacon-and-eggs fray.

Several weeks ago, Holy land Mediterranean Grill at 217 E. Douglas began offering a daily breakfast that offers traditional items such as omelets, bacon and eggs Benedict along with Mediterranean touches such as falafel and hummus. (I don’t know about you, but falafel and eggs sounds fabulous to me.) The breakfast is served a la carte and is available from 6 to 9 a.m. seven days a week.

Meanwhile, Carey Maurer has added a breakfast buffet at his  B&C Barbecue at 355 N. Washington. It’s served from 6 to 9 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays and includes dishes such as hashbrowns, pancakes, French toast sticks, scrambled eggs and more and is $8.25 a person.

Within the next week or two, Hamburger Hero at 221 S. Broadway, which I reviewed today, also will begin serving breakfast. It’ll offer bacon and eggs, pancakes and biscuits and gravy and will be offered from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

I’m still thinking about falafel and eggs.

Question of the week: Best egg creation?

I recently had a reader ask me who serves Wichita’s best eggs Benedict. This is one of my very favorite dishes in life, but I”m not sure I’ve had a great eggs Benedict in Wichita — and I think I’ve tried them all.

It got me thinking about egg-based dishes, from omelets to quiches to scrambles.  Which restaurant, in your opinion, makes the best egg dish, Benedict or otherwise?

My two cents: The Anchor, when it did brunch, made a fabulous smoky eggs Benedict using shredded pork for the meat. Otherwise, I’m a slave to The Beacon’s “traditional,” a delightfully low-class version of eggs Benedict featuring  two buttery English muffins topped with bacon, two runny eggs and a big ole pile of almost-melted shredded Cheddar cheese.

What’s your nominee? Answer in the comments section below.

Wanted: Funky cool breakfast spot

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Any time I travel and visit a funky cool breakfast spot, as I did this weekend in Kansas City, I always wonder why Wichita does not have such a place.

Don’t get me wrong — I like our breakfast options here. The Beacon’s Traditional is one of my all-time favorite dishes, and I could live on Copper Oven’s skillets and Riverside Cafe’s breakfast burritos.

But many other cities have fun and offbeat little breakfast places that specialize in cool decor and unique dishes, utilizing vegetables, fresh ingredients and out-of-the-box recipes.

Yesterday morning, I visited Succotash in Kansas City — a fun and delicious spot with thrift store light fixtures, white pleather lounge chairs for booths and servers with beehive blonde buns piled hiply atop their heads.  And the food was killer. The above pic is of my breakfast, a banana walnut French toast made with super thick bread and drizzled in caramel sauce, served with a side of scrumptious bacon and two over-easy eggs.

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My sister, Annie,  had an omelet overflowing with veggies, including thick portabello mushrooms and fresh spinach. The toast was made from a homemade bread, laced ever-so-slightly with a garlic flavoring. She also sampled a bizarre fresh-made-juice, made of blended carrot, celery, cucumber, tomato, parsley, beet, ginger, garlic, spinach and jalapeño. I thought it looked repulsive, but she loved it.

I’ve visited other unique breakfast places on other trips, including Orange in Chicago (home of the Fruity Pebble pancakes) and Aretha Frankenstein’s in Chattanooga (home of the Waffle of Insane Greatness).

I’d love to see something like that pop up here. Hint hint hint.

The Nantucket

Mmmmm. Nantucket.

Mmmmm. Nantucket.

We at the Eagle have the good fortune to be situated right next door to one of the best greasy spoon diners in the city — The Beacon at 909 E. Douglas. And the city has the good fortune of having a greasy diner that makes one of the best summertime lunches I’ve ever had — The Nantucket.

As you can see above, it combines the best of all worlds — a generous scoop of chicken salad, spiked with grapes, pineapple and toasted nuts — plus more fruit than should be legal to eat in one day, a big serving of wavy potato chips and (the best part) one of The Beacon’s famous ginormous yeast dinner rolls.

At the moment, The Beacon (316-263-3397) is serving this gem daily. Usually, it’s just a once-a-week special. And in the winter, it totally disappears. Get it while the gettin’s good.

What’s your favorite summertime restaurant meal? E-mail me.