The Breakfast Conundrum

After 5 years of serving me a shitty breakfast, I put my foot down.  I will no longer be giving the 3rd and Spring Garden Dunkin Donuts my business.  I don’t have a personal problem with the guy who toasts the bagel but he’s terrible at his job.  He aims for speed rather than serving a proper bagel.  That being said, I’m looking for new options and here is the breakdown.



dunkin-donuts-solar-lg-jpgDunkin Donuts

Location: ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆
Price: ⋆⋆⋆⋆ – $4.87 for a medium coffee, sesame seed bagel w/ cream cheese, and a glazed donut.
Analysis: If you are interested in my breakdown you can read this post. The bottom line is that the bagel tastes like shit even though I’m addicted to their coffee. The price is decent and the location is perfect which is why I’ve gone there as often as I have. Wait time can be long if there is a line.



Johnny's HotsJohnny’s Hots

Location: ***
Price: ** – $6.00 for a sausage, egg, and cheese + a Lemon Snapple
Analysis: Johnny’s Hot’s is on Columbus near the Sugar House. This requires me to drive about 5 minutes to get there which isn’t horrible but it’s not great either. The price is hefty if I add a drink. I think the sandwich is tasty and the staff is nice. Wait time is usually 3-5 minutes as it’s cooked to order.




Location: ⋆
Price: ⋆⋆⋆ – $4.54 for a bacon, egg, and cheese sizzli and a medium coffee
Analysis: I can drive to the one on 11th and Race which I saw was shutting down, the one on 21st and Hamilton, or the one on Columbus near Club Risque. Each one takes 5-10 minutes which is longer than I’d like to go for breakfast. The price is what I consider exactly average and the sizzli is the sizzli that I’ve grown to expect. It’s average. I can make the coffee myself which I like but I don’t think that puts Wawa over the top. Parking at any of them but Columbus can be an absolute nightmare which means if I’m not there by 7:30, forget about it.




Location: ⋆⋆⋆⋆
Price: ⋆⋆ – $5.34 for a sausage, egg, and cheese on a sesame seed bagel, and a Half and Half Nantucket Nectar
Analysis: The price is fairly high for a homemade breakfast sandwich. It takes about 4-5 minutes for the sandwich to be prepared and if there is a line (which there never is) it could add minutes. It’s right on my way to work on parking is free on the street as long as I get there by 8am.  The sandwich is above average.



springgardenrestaurantSpring Garden Restaurant

Location: ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆
Price: ⋆ – 7.00+ tip
Analysis: A restaurant that opens at 4 or 5 in the morning and cooks quickly. It’s sit down so I’d have to allocate at least 20 minutes to the meal which is what usually keeps me away. It will also cost upwards of 7 bucks plus tip which would get pricey for breakfast. I always liked the idea of waking up early and reading the paper at a diner with the regulars. For whatever reason, I don’t do it often. I’ve only ever gotten the omelet for breakfast and it’s average.


As you can read, it’s not an easy decision.  Each one has their perks and downsides.  Of course I could just make my breakfast at home which I’m leaning more and more to but I haven’t quite got there yet.  My perfect world would be waking up, pee / brush my teeth, out the door, drive to work where a breakfast cart sells me a sausage egg and cheese for $3.00.  Has anyone tried Subway breakfast?  I could also include Plaza Pizza in this list but haven’t had it enough.

By |2015-06-24T08:25:18-04:00June 24th, 2015|My Life|2 Comments

Johnny’s Hots is More Than Food

johnny's hotsToday I witnessed a sense of loyalty at a breakfast spot that I was aware of but this interaction today cemented it.  On Delaware Ave near Fishtown there is a little spot called Johnny’s Hots.  They open early in the morning and close in the afternoon.  They serve breakfast sandwiches for breakfast and roast pork, cheese steaks, and meatball subs for lunch.  The owner is John and he hires an all girl staff.  I’ve been going there for almost 10 years now and it finally clicked today why this establishment is so successful. Customer relations.

johnnyI stopped going to Johnny’s for breakfast for the last few months for no other reason other than it’s further away than Dunkin Donuts.  Instead of a 1 minute drive it’s about a 5 minute drive.  As I made my way today I passed dual traffic lights by the Sugarhouse which slowed me down.  The Sugarhouse is building another wing which is a tragedy because it shows how much money it takes from the local citizens.  I parked in front of Johnny’s and was expecting the same cashier but something had changed in the months I’d been away.

blbcreditcardThe girl taking the orders was a knock out not in the model sense but from a normal girl perspective working as the cashier in a sandwich shop.  That sentence sells her short.  I mumbled some odd questions about whether they had Nantucket Nectars Half and Half (she said they had Snapple’s but I know that’s diet) and settled on a lemon Snapple.  As I waited for my sausage, egg, and cheese, 3 people ordered their food.

  • Guy 1 ordered a green Naked Juice and some other drink without even saying a word to the cashier.  He said hello to John, the owner, and John commented that he brought in the Strawberry Mango version of the Naked drink.  This is a case of the owner purchasing items that his customers drink.
  • Guy 2 was waiting behind 1 when the girl who makes the sandwiches asked if he was eating.  He replied no.  It was obvious that he comes there everyday.
  • Guy 3 walked right up to the ordering area (which is different than the cashier) and ordered his sandwich.  You don’t do this unless you’ve been there hundreds of times before.

building-customer-loyaltyOne thing was obvious to me, these people come here practically every day to eat their breakfast.  They get to know the employees and the employees treat them like family.  This type of business is becoming more of rarity when a-holes like myself eat at chain restaurants to save a few bucks.  I was taken aback from the loyalty.  I also will probably go back just to check out the cashier again which is a brilliant hire by the sound owner.  The girl who makes the sandwiches also has a secret crush on me but it’s such a secret I’m not sure she knows it.


By |2014-07-30T08:07:36-04:00July 30th, 2014|My Life|0 Comments

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