11.19.2012

On a Mission: Finding American Breakfast in the U.K.

Before you judge me, hear me out. The British do plenty of things better than Americans:
  • Style-wise, they blow us completely out of the water. We couldn't dream of being more fashionable! 
  • They are a witty bunch. You can't beat a good conversation with a delightfully smart Londoner. Hopefully this is rubbing off on my convo skills, so I can impress all my friends back home. 
  • Those accents! I've been here for 2 months, and I still love it. 
However, there is one thing that they don't do better. BREAKFAST. Let me show you a picture of the typical British breakfast: 

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I mean, baked beans? (specifically Heinz Baked Beans, the British are obsessed with this). Boiled tomatoes? Mushrooms...not mixed in an omelette? I just...don't...understand.

To further my distaste for English Breakfast is my OBSESSION with American Breakfast. I am a breakfast girl all the way. And boy, do we have it down perfectly! Golden pancakes, fluffy eggs and crispy bacon (the Brits call this 'streaky bacon' as it has streaks of fat in it...HAHA!).

So, you could imagine my excitement when I found out there are some diners boasting to serve American Breakfast here in London. I had to check it out!!

First Attempt: The Breakfast Club in Soho


A cheeky establishment with an undeniably great name! 




Verdict: The sausage was amazing (another thing the British do better). But the pancakes were a little burnt and the eggs were less-than-desirable. This place had a fantastic atmosphere, but sort of failed at American Breakfast. 

Second Attempt: The Diner in Shoreditch





Verdict: This is the best replica I've found. The pancakes were pure perfection, and truly a bite of home! Although I ordered a burger (well done, which they called 'cremated'...LOVE THE WITTINESS), I tried my friend's breakfast and was delighted to taste those fluffy eggs I was dreaming of.

So far, The Diner has the BEST American Breakfast I've found. Will I stop here or continue searching????? To be continued...

19 comments:

  1. Can't lie, that English breakfast looks awesome. When I went to St. Lucia, our hotel served primarily English breakfast (most of the vacationers are from the UK). It was pretty yummy, but I also enjoyed it because it wasn't something I eat on a daily basis.

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  2. I shouldn't read this in the morning when I'm at work with no breakfast in my tummy... the last plate with the pancakes is making me soooo hungry. However, the first couple of plates look yucky!! Ew.

    D.

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  3. I like an English breakfast but get exhausted by the lack of choice (although in cornwall they had smoked haddock and I jumped all over it after three consecutive weekends of Full English). I can take you for American breakfast here though! I can't vouch for the pancakes, although they looked good, but the Eggs Benny was really nice!

    O.K. sorry for being the biggest flake on the planet. Yes, come that weekend (although if the weekend before were possible, that might also be amazing, because I don't know what the hell is going on, but if you shoot me an email at rubyslipperjourneys(at)gmail(dot)com I'll explain why I'm being the above-mentioned flake.)

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  4. it's like 9pm and these breakfasts sound AMAZING.

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  5. 'Merica, ain't not Merican breakfast witout gravy on it!

    *cough cough*

    Anyways, it sounds like my weird obsession with finding a good hamburger in Japan. A quest still not fulfilled.

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    1. Brian, you're getting all southern on me! The South is infecting you :)

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  6. This post made me hungry.

    And I'll admit you guys do breakfast best!

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  7. I like British breakfast, but it's so greasy and protien heavy which I don't always like. You just gotta find a box of pancake mix and enjoy to your hearts content. That's what I did while living in Cambodia. We even taught our host family how to make them, and sometimes they would sneak the mix and add it randomly to their desserts.

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  8. oh come on, no one really eats that all the time, it's a proper greasefest! not a fan at all, i just have cereal, porridge or toast and that's it.

    the diner is fab, and their milkshakes are mega!

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    1. ha, don't worry...I didn't think you did! We don't eat our American Breakfast all the time either, otherwise we'd all die of heart attacks by the age of 30.

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  9. haha! I love this. So great. And what a fun adventure! I have a friend living in london right now. She's on the search for the best cup of hot cocoa. :)

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  10. Also, I want to follow your blog, but can't find where.

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    1. Alright I put a little follow this site thing in the sidebar, so there you are! :)

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  11. I want to go to the Breakfast Club just for the Pac-Man mug. Yeah, that's right... I'd order something not what you ordered and enjoy the hell out of drinking Pac-Man's coffee.

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  12. How fun to find your American breakfast over in London! I know the full English Breakfast, and am not a big fan. You might know what is a typical Norwegian breakfast and the English one is just too heavy for me. But I've never tried an American one, and now I got real curious for those pancakes!

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    1. You SHOULD be curious about pancakes!!!!

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  13. glad you like the StickyGram idea btw

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  14. Are you going to Ireland during your time there? Irish breakfast is pretty good. Except for black pudding. I don't even want to know....

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    1. They have black pudding in England too. Want me to tell you what it is? heh.

      I have been to Ireland, but I would gladly go again!

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