Breakfast really is my favorite meal. I could eat it three or four times a day if it were available to me. This past Sunday was my first of many weeks to sample the great breakfast fare Erie has to offer.
So, two Steelers fans and a Browns fan walk into a diner … wait, no.
It was homecoming weekend for Mercyhurst, so a lot of alumni were in town. My friend Amanda Harnocz was visiting from Cleveland (the Browns fan referenced above) and decided to join Amanda Flick and me at the Zodiac Dinor, 2516 State St. It was my second visit and both of their first, so we all were pretty new to this. Our server didn’t pull any punches and let the Browns fan know where his loyalties were. On the menu, a certain omelet caught my eye: the Zodiac Stuffed Omelet. It wasn’t what was in the omelet that intrigued me; it was the challenging sentence after the description. “We bet you can’t finish it.” Oh yes I can, menu. Yes, I can. One Amanda ordered a home-style Belgian waffle, the other got some eggs and home fries, and I went with the Zodiac Stuffed.
While we waited, we discussed a lot. We figured out that Amanda H. quite possibly has a caffeine allergy she didn’t know she had, talked about how the diner itself reminded us of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and commented on how our friend Michelle doesn’t have much in her kitchen. There were a few bigger tables of people, so our service was a little slow, but conversation kept us busy while we waited. Our food came out, and I was prepared to crush this omelet. It was big (see photo above). Stuffed with peppers, onions, mushrooms, ham, sausage, hash browns, and cheese and came with two pieces of Italian toast on the side. The meat and vegetables were perfect. I would maybe ask for the hash browns to be a little crispier for some added texture, but it was delicious. The toast had a little bit of a fryer taste to it for some reason, but with some jelly it was fine. I wasn’t trying to race to finish it, but I had my plate cleared in about eight minutes. Easily finished. I had a few bites of both the Belgian waffle and the home fries. The waffle came smothered in melting butter. It was nice and light with great flavor. The home fries were crispy on the outside and extremely hot, but soft on the inside.
This was a great meal to start out my breakfast tour. I cannot wait for all of my weeks to come.
Until next week,
Andrew – Beard vs. Food