5 BIG breakfasts: Drake Diner, Mullet’s and more

5 BIG breakfasts: Drake Diner, Mullet’s and more

Brunch is a weekend thing. Breakfast is a Tuesday thing. Or any day, really. The point is that you don’t need to wait until Sunday for an awesome morning meal. And it doesn’t need to be served with melon slices and Champagne. It just needs eggs, cheese, bacon, pancakes and some coffee to go with it.

Here are five big breakfasts that will have you seriously considering skipping lunch. They don’t reach food-challenge levels of absurdity, but they’re more substantial than Special K and a banana. So wake up and smell the hash browns, because it’s time for the most important meal of the day.

Whole Hog

Don’t get too excited about this name — it’s not actually an entire pig. The Whole Hog is one of the options on the Drake Diner’s omelet menu.

It’s a three-egg omelet loaded with bacon and chopped-up sausage links and topped with Monterey Jack cheese.

The only way you could cram more pork into this is if you used pig eggs for the omelet, which science currently says is not possible. This is like a mini Bacon Fest on a plate, but without tickets selling out in minutes. The sausage isn’t Graziano’s, so if you’re looking for a bit of heat you might want to sprinkle on some Tabasco sauce.

If that’s not enough, it also comes with a side of hash browns. Or fruit for an extra $1.69 if you’re trying to be a little healthier. But you just ordered something called the Whole Hog, so let’s not kid ourselves.

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Drake Diner

Find it: 1111 25th St.

Cost: $9.49

Breakfast served:
7 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Saturday,
7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.

Breakfast meatloaf

Bacon has crept its way into pretty much every meal (including dessert), so it’s only fair that other meals start trying to make inroads into bacon’s breakfast territory — like the breakfast meatloaf at Mullet’s.

Of course, it probably doesn’t hurt that the breakfast meatloaf is made with bacon and pork sausage.

The dish is served like an open face sandwich, with the meatloaf patty sitting atop a large, rectangular biscuit. It’s topped with two eggs cooked to your specification, red peppers, potatoes, mushrooms and onions. Then it’s all doused in a Monterey Jack cheese sauce.

This is pretty much the epitome of Mullet’s down-home style of dishes. It’s big, it’s got a biscuit, it’s made from bacon and it’s covered in cheese. If this breakfast had a wardrobe it would be a denim vest and cut-offs. It would drive a rusted-out old truck and would always have a cooler of fishin’ beers with it, despite rarely having any fishing poles.

Basically, this breakfast may be your new best friend.

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Find it: 1300 S.E. First St.

Cost: $8.95

Hours breakfast is served: 7-11 a.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Cozy Mess

Many restaurants have a dish called a Garbage Plate, which seems to be a bit of just about everything.

It’s a good concept with a not-so-appetizing name. Cozy Cafe found a way to make it sound a little big friendlier with the Cozy Mess.

It’s hash browns cooked with ham, bacon, sausage, green peppers, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos and cheese, then served with your choice of eggs on top and toast on the side. If you want, you can get it topped with sausage gravy for an extra dollar.

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The great thing about the Cozy Mess is that every bite is different. Bacon might dominate one forkful, then you’ll hit a pepper deposit with the next. Maybe you’ll get a rainbow of everything after that.

No matter what combination ends up on your fork, it’s all delicious.

Cozy Cafe

Find it: Seven metro Cozy Cafe locations, find one at cozycaferestaurant.com

Cost: $9.95

Hours breakfast is served: Breakfast hours vary by location.

Cinnamon French toast

The Machine Shed is well known for its cinnamon rolls, but as a responsible adult you probably realize that a cinnamon roll alone is not the best start to your day. The Machine Shed has given you an out.

The cinnamon French toast is French toast made from one of the restaurant’s mammoth cinnamon rolls. It’s sliced up into thinner strips, dipped in a batter of eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and cream, and then cooked. You get all the joy of eating a cinnamon roll, but with some added protein from eggs. It’s not exactly oatmeal, but it’s got to be healthier than just a pastry. Right?

The cinnamon French toast comes with no sides, but it would be surprising if you needed them.

You can order something extra à là carte, but you might be tempting your fate.

The French toast does come with fresh butter and a mason jar glass full of syrup. It’s the same glass you get water in, so be careful that you don’t take a swig by mistake. Or, actually, go for it — maple syrup is awesome.

If you’re looking for more traditional options, the Machine Shed has them in spades. Pork chops and eggs, pancakes, omelets and more.

Pretty much every option at the restaurant is way too much for any one person to eat. Which is part of what makes it an ideal breakfast spot.

Machine Shed

Find it: 11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale

Cost: $6.99

Breakfast served: 6-11 a.m. Monday through Saturday with limited breakfast 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Breakfast buffet 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Specialty cakes

Pancakes are a solid breakfast food, but it can be tough to get excited about them. Pancakes tend to pale compared to the crispy waffle, with its many places to collect syrup. So how to you make a pancake more interesting?

Make it the size of the plate, and stuff it with blueberries, chocolate chips or apple cinnamon. The Waveland Cafe’s specialty cakes are huge and stuffed with the ingredient of your choice. And this isn’t one of those “One blueberry per bite” pancakes. At times it seems like this is more fruit than cake, with tons of flavor packed into every bite.

The pancakes are big enough that you need to be careful with your use of syrup. Too much and it might flow right off the edge and onto the table. It’s like breakfast Tetris — the perfect amount is needed.

The regular order includes two, but if you think that’s too much a single pancake is also available.

Waveland Cafe

Find them: 4708 University Ave.

Cost: $3.75-$6.75

Hours breakfast is served: 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday

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