Breakfast, lunch, dinner or?
I’m not a fan of breakfast although many are.
My favorite meal out is lunch, sometimes dinner.
I think I’m in the minority though.
How about your favorite?
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Breakfast, lunch, dinner or?
Dinner out is a weekly affair. It’s our hobby.
Breakfast and lunch are much rarer occurances. One or the other once in several weeks. We used to have a short list of lunch places that we’d visit but I don’t think we’ve been to any of them since 2019. I do enjoy a full cooked breakfast though - something beyond my own cooking skills.
Dinner, hands down. It’s The Big Meal in my day. I’m not a huge breakfast person, so brunch outings are generally wasted on me, and I’m also generally too lazy to leave the house for a meal in the morning. Plus if I do feel like a big to-do brekkie at home, I usually have all that I would want or need (well, besides eggs benny ).
It’s a bit of a bummer, tho, bc one can usually get better deals at more $$$ restos for lunch than for dinner; I just don’t have the capacity for a big lunch.
Lunch for business. To be able to already sit in a nice restaurant and order wine at noon - heaven!
Dinner for personal meetings - being in a good restaurant can feel like a nice evening out. Like being at a theater.
Breakfast I like to keep simple. Only when I’m at a nice hotel or agriturismo I will eat until I’m full.
I used to be more about dinner out.
Over the past 3 years, I have decided I like brunch, lunch or dim sum out the best. I don’t like sweet breakfasts- so the food I order at brunch or lunch is savoury.
I’m only eating on patios, or getting takeout these days, and it’s harder to enjoy a dinner on a patio in Toronto, compared to a lunch when the sun is shining.
I don’t like big or long meals anymore, so the meals I have out at lunch or dinner are rarely more than 2 or 3 small courses. Sometimes, they’re meze or tapas-style, sharing 4-6 small plates with a friend, taking home the leftovers.
- Breakfast at a diner!
- Dinner-- Americanized Chinese
- Lunch/dinner-- burger & adult beverage at a pub.
I’m a big fan of pub food lately. Probably half my pandemic resto meals have been pub-to-go or pub patio food.
The menu at our local (food) pub:
I see they have braised lamb back on the menu, after several months absence, so we’ll be back there soon
Wow those are different prices compared to London! With such a menu and these prices I’d probably eat there every week…
By the way, what is ‘coronation style’? I’ll be in London again next week for business, but we’re going with a large group now so for one night they made us choose from a catering menu. I saw coronation chicken and eton mess, both I’ve never had.
I assume it must be some take on coronation chicken and, of course, with Liz’s Jubilee just passed, it seems very appropriate. So, probably, lightly curried mayo with a sweetness from raisins or some such. Eton Mess may well be my favourite summer dessert.
And, yes, once you get outside London’s central business/touristy area , prices become much more reasonable. When I was regularly visiting our National Archives, I stayed in Brentford and Richmond and restaurant prices were much the same as at home
For some inexplicable reason it is hard to get a shoulder of lamb in the USA. We can get leg of lamb, but it is usually (and sadly) boned. We can get loin chops and usually but not always rib chops, shanks, and shoulder chops, usually cut pretty thin. I would love a large cut of lamb braised for hours.
I don’t know where in the US you are located, but if it’s not a major urban area, a local farm might be the ticket. We’ve bought half a lamb the last couple of years, and get all the cuts we want - shanks, legs (bone-in), chops from all parts, innards, and lots and lots of ground lamb
There is some discussion of Coronation chicken here. The egg , chicken or other chopped sandwich or salad thread
And Coronation Shrimp here
BRITISH - Fall 2020 (Oct-Dec) Cuisine of the Quarter.
I like it. Many pre-made sandwich shops (EAT, etc) and M& S, Boots, Sainsbury’s, have Coronation chicken sandwiches to go. The pre-made sandwich game in the UK is lightyears ahead of Canada’s.
I’m in the Southeastern US and it’s pretty similar, although I can regularly get bone-in leg and the rib chops etc. that you mentioned. But I haven’t seen shoulder in years at the grocery or the (admittedly few) meat markets I stop at sometimes.
To @bbqboy’s question, in general I prefer lunch to dinner, and we rarely eat breakfast out. Usually lunch is not so crowded as the same spot might be for dinner, and I really hate having to shout to make myself heard to others. Plus with a large family, cost is a consideration and I could feed us lunch at (e.g.) a favorite Persian restaurant for $140 whereas the same thing at dinner (although larger proportions) would be closer to $200. (Side note - we’re all water drinkers which here is just free tap water - we’d spend a lot more if the kids were having sodas and we were drinking wine.)
My exception about breakfast is if we’re on vacation, then I really like to eat breakfast out at least a few of the days. But I think that’s because I run into stuff for breakfast that I wouldn’t normally make myself for breakfast. Seafood frittatas or loco moco (thick hamburger with eggs over easy sitting in a big bowl of rice with gravy poured over), conch eggs benedict, etc.
It’s a massive, massive business. All of the outlets pretty much offering the same sandwiches. I would guess there’s major wholesale production going on.
Seeing as a sheep is getting butchered, I wonder what the shoulder meat is getting used for. Minced?
I love a good diner breakfast–french toast, bacon, hash browns, scrambled eggs. Yum!
I also go to Chinatown for roast pork and duck, I just can’t replicate these at home.
I used to work for a catering logistics company that supplied most of the UK train operators. As you can imagine we supplied a lot of ready made sandwiches. There are indeed companies who supply a number of retailers.
The UK are a world leader in ready made sandwiches ( make of that what you will) with other countries manufacturers coming to the UK for advice. It started with staff in a Cambridge branch of Marks & Spencer knocking up salmon and even pilchard sandwiches in the early 80’s’ and is now a £8 billion industry. This Guardian long read charts the history and I found it really interesting. It’s also available as a podcast episode.
Late lunch early dinner/supper on a Saturday (Linner/Lupper). I cannot relax at lunch during the week and have no patience to sit through breakfast in a restaurant. Dinner at most San Francisco restaurants on a weekend are such a mad scene I prefer to eat early.