Let's Go To Angelo's
We'll have coffee, sausage and hot buttered toast
Yes this breakfast is really the most
Oh, what a wonderful thing to do
Eggs over easy, hash browns and you.
We'll go to Angelo's . . .
Local guitarist Dick Siegel croons the above as part of a folksy tribute to the popular Ann Arbor landmark. The only time I saw Michigan head football coach Lloyd Carr in person he was enjoying breakfast at Angelo's among the many sports trophies and pictures there.
Carr was a bit smaller man that I had imagined him to be. Certainly, he didn't appear as intimidating as Michigan State fans must find him when he's prowling the sidelines during the annual U of M/MSU gridiron clash. I don't remember if Carr had eggs over easy, but my favorite Angelo's breakfast is the eggs benedict with the home-made, thick-sliced bread toasted just right.
I'm a breakfast hound. Keep your Japanese steakhouses, your Italian bistros, your seafood chowder houses . . . just cook me a fresh omelet on the weekends and I'll be fine. I've probably done toast and coffee at most diners and coney islands locally.
Another A2 breakfast fav is The Broken Egg on Main Street. It's a spot so wildly and lavishly decorated for holidays like Valentine's Day that you'd swear you were sitting in the display window at a Hallmark's. Plush toys and themed knick knacks hug every nook and cranny. Oversized skillets are their specialty.
My wife favors Big Boy's for their coffee and waffles. I like the fact that they have blackberry jam for my toast. The only other area restaurant I know to carry BBJ is the Cracker Barrel, a ten-mile drive east on I-94.
One local daybreak eatery I haven't broken bread at yet is the Fleetwood Diner. This hole-in-the-wall throwback to the 60s aptly features hippie hash--onions, feta cheese, broccoli and potatoes. When a second Fleetwood diner opened briefly near Ypsilanti, I grabbed my chance to try some.
One bad experience I can recall looking for my morning wake-up meal is when I strolled into a Denny's at going on seven in the morning. The hostess announced upon seating us that they were not serving breakfast yet. What?? No eggs over easy, hash browns and toast? We promptly left. I'm sure Dick Siegel would have too.