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Breakfast Portraits {10} | J.F.T. on Film

Posted in Breakfast Portraits by thebreakfastdictator on November 25, 2009
J.F.T. on Tri-X | Honey's

J.F.T. on Tri-X | Honey's



Breakfast Portraits {2} | Melissa Choi

Posted in Breakfast Portraits by thebreakfastdictator on October 8, 2009
Melissa Choi | Artisan Boulanger Patissier

Melissa Choi | Artisan Boulanger Patissier

“I feel like somewhere different. How about Frangelli’s? I hear they have great donuts.”

“Sure. Where’s that at?”

“Ritner. Between 8th and 9th.”

“Look at those donuts, made by old Italian women at 3 o’clock this morning. Amazing. I don’t even know what to get.”

“They say the jelly donut is the best.”

“I don’t care for those.”

“Neither do I, but I should probably try it…”

We purchased a few of the best donuts I’ve had since Sunrise Donuts in Idaho Springs, CO and since there was nowhere to sit and make a photograph, we meandered over to 10th and Snyder to try out the 10th St Cafe, which had OPEN signs on the door but was clearly not.

“Now what?”

“I don’t know.”

“Me either. I don’t know the deep South. It’s a different neighborhood down here.”

After seeing the same random guy sitting on two separate blocks and on two different houses’ stoops, we finally ended up at the Artisan Boulanger Pasissier, a French Bakery in Italian South Philly run by an Asian Couple on the corner of 12th and Morris. The coffee wasn’t too bad and after all those donuts, I couldn’t even approach the “Chocolate Bread” that I ordered, saving it for Lunch, which was fast approaching. Warm sunlight was streaming in the giant windows along 12th and I pulled out the Hasselblad, exposing about 4 frames of Tri-X. My goodness, I love that camera and its unmistakable, aggressive shutter sound.

Melissa browsed the Metro while I sipped hot coffee and wished we were part of the the cast of a Tarantino film.

For a minute, it certainly felt like it.

The Breakfast King | Denver, CO

Posted in Diner Review, Travel by thebreakfastdictator on September 1, 2009
Beth Carlton : Breakfast King Waitress

Beth Carlton : Breakfast King Waitress

He stands at the corner of Santa Fe and Mississippi. One hand mightily grasps his scepter, the other rests confidently on his hip. His crown rests cocked, while he strongly looks over his empire, confident that he stands above the rest. And he does.

I first visited the Breakfast King in the autumn of 2005. It has remained the Standard for breakfast joints to live up to, and thus far, the King still remains in control of his subjects. The threat of revolt is low, for few can combine the atmosphere, wait-staff friendliness, and more than merely edible food into one top-notch diner experience.

Very little has changed at the King since my first jaunt across the country and this is a good thing. Smoking’s been subtracted and Wi-fi added; nothing more. It still feels like walking into a Tarantino film, though Jewels and Vincent are notoriously absent. The lush orange booths are large and welcoming while the matching table-tops beg for elbows connected to arms connected to hands holding mugs that’re ready for re-fill after re-fill of coffee which the more than wonderful waitresses (complete with outlandish eye makeup) will drop into your cup long before it approaches empty. The register remains a relic from days gone by further adding to the King’s delightful charm.

Beth Carlton was our waitress on this mild August morning. We watched her whir around the diner floor, from table to table, smiling and sitting with her customers to take their orders. What a doll.

I ordered the Denver Omelette (what else!?), adding jack cheddar and tomatoes to it at a scant sixty-cent upgrade. Your choice of bread (I took Rye) and potatoes (I suggest the Chulupa Hot Sauce to top them with) are included with all Omelettes. The Omelettes are massive and cooked with care. Despite my all too strong bias for this place, there are fewer places I’d rather purchase one.

Our group was large and we were in and out in under an hour, but for those of you who like to linger, there’s a long silver bar for just that. Susie, Beth or any of the other sweethearts on staff’ll keep ya company there while you read the Post or catch the morning news.

Ratings (they’re awfully high, but trust me, you won’t see them this high again):

  • Atmosphere – 9.5
  • Service – 9.9 (no one’s perfect)
  • Food – 8.5
  • Coffee (out of 5) – 2.5
  • Affordability – 8


  • Denver Omelette: $6.35
  • + cheese and tomato: +$.60
  • Coffee: $1.75
  • Tax: $.70
  • Tip: $2.00
  • Total: $11.40

More Photos can be found here.