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A Smiley Face Breakfast Buffet

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September 12, 2016 / American / By
Katie Schenk

 

Breakfast is becoming quite a special occasion in my life. Now, I know it’s difficult to make a quotidian meal into a celebration, but that’s the way it’s going. I just have this strange idea that if I can get that right, everything else in my life will fall into line.

Although I am striving for another type of breakfast altogether, my dad seems to have found the secret to his perfect morning meal.

Once a week, he heads over to the local Eat‘n Park for a senior’s buffet breakfast. They know him there; indeed, there is a seat reserved for him complete with a coffee mug ready to go.

The friendly servers are a little less sure what to do when my father enters with an entourage. Suddenly, there’s a mess of menus, beverage orders, and figuring out where to put us that won’t throw my father off completely. It’s sorted quickly and efficiently, mind you; it’s just that it’s a break in routine.

That’s not a bad thing. Just because you find the perfect breakfast routine, that doesn’t mean you can never deviate from it. I’m fairly certain that I’ll need a full English breakfast every now and again, even if I feel the pull towards Swiss mornings.

 

Eat‘n Park is definitely a departure from the way we normally eat breakfast. Buffets just aren’t such a thing outside of the States. You may find something a little more cafeteria-styled, but the concept of all-you-can-eat is still foreign.

This particular buffet is my dad’s favourite breakfast; it’s his idea of morning perfection – and his meal doesn’t vary. He follows the same routine, same path, and takes the same amount of coffee every time he’s there.

The boys were excited to try everything, as they always are when they’re at a buffet. Me, I considered ordering plated food; there were definitely options.

In the end, I served myself a plate of all sorts of fried and fatty goodies.

It was about as far from a board of cheeses, jams, yoghurts, and freshly sliced artisan bread than you can get. And, it’s miles away from a croissant and cup of strong French coffee. But, you need that sometimes. At least I do. It may not be perfect, but it can still taste like heaven.

(And, if you happen to be a youngster, expect a smiley cookie at the end – though you may be too full to eat it for hours… days…)


Eat'n Park

Country: United States

Province/State: Ohio

City: Mentor

Address: 7061 Chillicothe Road

Zip/Post Code: 44060

Location Tips: Just off Mentor Avenue, near the Walmart

Phone: +1 440 255-5300

Website:http://www.eatnpark.com/...

Price Guide:$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

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