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The Magic of Morning Meals

As someone who has always been an early riser, I have a deep appreciation for the beauty and wonder of breakfast and brunch. There’s just something about starting the day with a hearty, delicious meal that sets the tone for the rest of the day. And let me tell you, I’ve tried my fair share of breakfast spots – from the greasy spoon diners to the trendy, Instagram-worthy cafes. But when it comes to brunch favorites that are truly worth waking up for, a few stand out as true culinary gems.

Wendy’s Breakfast: Worth Getting Out of Bed For

Let’s start with the breakfast offerings from a fast-food giant that’s recently joined the morning meal game: Wendy’s. Now, I know what you’re thinking – fast food for brunch? Hear me out. Wendy’s has really stepped up their breakfast game, and let me tell you, their new Cinnabon Pull-Apart is worth every bite.

Imagine warm, cinnamon-sugar rolled dough, coated in that signature Cinnabon cream cheese frosting – it’s like a nostalgic trip to the mall food court, but way more delicious. And the aroma? Oh, it’s heavenly. I’m talking about that mid-90s mall smell that just makes you want to dive right in. Trust me, you’ll be pulling those fluffy, gooey bites apart and pairing them with a hot or cold brew, creating a breakfast party every single morning.

But Wendy’s breakfast doesn’t stop there. Their flaky croissants will have you hooked, and their buttermilk biscuits, whether you go for sausage, bacon, or chicken, are the reason breakfast is so important in the first place. And let’s not forget about their fresh, delicious coffee – hot, cold, or with that Frosty creamer, it’s always a winner.

Brunch Gems in St. Louis

Now, let’s venture beyond the golden arches and explore some of the must-try brunch spots that are worth waking up for, starting right here in my own backyard of St. Louis.

Feast Magazine has highlighted some true brunch favorites in St. Louis that have had me jumping out of bed in the morning. From the classic French toast at Brasserie by Niche to the indulgent crab cake benedict at Sardella, these local spots are serving up some of the most mouthwatering brunch dishes that will have you begging for seconds.

And let’s not forget about the beloved Rooster, which has become a staple in the St. Louis brunch scene. Their creative takes on classic breakfast fare, like the Chorizo Breakfast Burrito and the Cinnamon Swirl French Toast, have quickly become fan favorites. Trust me, once you’ve tasted their brunch menu, you’ll be planning your next visit before you’ve even finished your meal.

Breakfast Bliss in Venice Beach

But the brunch magic doesn’t stop there. Let’s take a trip to the West Coast, shall we? Gjusta Bakery & Deli in Venice Beach is a true gem when it comes to early morning eats. As someone who’s always been an early riser, I made my way to Gjusta one chilly morning, eager to see what all the fuss was about.

From the moment I stepped inside, I was captivated by the aroma of freshly baked bread and the bustling energy of the bakery. The menu was a veritable feast for the senses, with an endless array of pastries, breads, and gourmet deli items that had me struggling to decide what to order. But when I finally settled on the Baked Eggs and Anchovy Toast, I knew I had made the right choice.

The Baked Eggs, with their divine tomatoey Chermoula sauce, were the perfect balance of savory and comforting. And the Anchovy Toast? Well, that was an experience in itself. The crusty, grilled sourdough bread, layered with salty-umami anchovy goodness, was a revelatory bite that had me wishing I had a fizzy water on hand to cleanse my palate. But the tomatoey sauce from the Baked Eggs did the trick, creating a harmonious flavor profile that left me completely satisfied.

Pancakes Worth the Altitude Adjustment

Now, let’s shift our focus to the sweeter side of brunch with a recipe that’s sure to have you reaching for your spatula. High Altitude Bakes has shared a pancake recipe that’s been a game-changer, especially for those of us living at higher elevations.

As someone who’s spent a fair bit of time in the mountains, I can attest to the challenges of baking at high altitudes. Pancakes, in particular, can be tricky – too flat, too gooey, or just plain disappointing. But this recipe for “Our New Favorite Pancakes” has been a revelation. With just a few simple adjustments to the baking powder, these pancakes rise beautifully, resulting in a fluffy, cakey texture that’s simply divine.

The key, as the recipe suggests, is to resist the urge to flip the pancakes repeatedly, which can flatten them out. Instead, use the gentle push-and-slide technique to check for doneness. And trust me, the effort is well worth it when you take that first bite of these perfectly cooked pancakes, drizzled with maple syrup or your favorite toppings.

Brunch Bliss Awaits

Whether you’re in the mood for a Cinnabon-inspired indulgence from Wendy’s, a classic brunch feast in St. Louis, a gourmet delight in Venice Beach, or a stack of altitude-adjusted pancakes, there’s a brunch favorite out there that’s worth waking up for. So, why not start planning your next brunch adventure today? Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.

And don’t forget to check out Home Cooking Rocks for more delicious recipes and culinary inspiration to make your brunch dreams a reality. Happy eating!


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