Sunday, January 29, 2023


In a cafe for breakfast, would you choose hash browns or pancakes for a side?

Can you tell we were hungry for breakfast when we wrote this poll?

When you go to a breakfast restaurant, like a diner or cafe, you often get a choice for a side. Ham, eggs and… pancakes? Hash browns? If we were taking your order right now, which would you pick for your side, pancakes or hash browns?

Before you run out to breakfast, tell us in the poll. If you don’t like either pancakes or hash browns, leave a comment and tell us what side you’d pick instead.

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1 year ago

It’s always hash browns or home fries for me and pancakes for my husband.

1 year ago

Waffle House – Hash browns with everything added, except chili. Waffle House Chili is a Yankee version. Real Texas never adds beans to Texstyle Chili.

Gary W Mayberry
1 year ago

Why not both. Hash browns (or home fries), eggs & sausage AND pancakes. Don’t eat it all then, got to save half for tomorrow you know!

1 year ago

Where are you people from? 🙂 GRITS ….. with lots of butter. A northern boy that has been in Florida too long.

Thomas Boltik
1 year ago

Oh.. and just an add: my usual breakfast when eating out is a bowl of chili and a grilled cheese sandwich with bacon and jalapeno peppers. my friends think I’m nuts, but I’m happy!

Thomas Boltik
1 year ago

Pancakes are NOT a ‘side’ sausage is a side. Ham is a side. Bacon is a side. Even Grits is a side. thats why you find them in the ‘sides’ section of the breakfast menu. Pancakes. are like eggs, omlettes or waffles. they are what you get a side WITH!

1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas Boltik

I totally agree!

1 year ago

Just had pancakes this morning in Los Algadones, Mexico while waiting for my yearly dental check and clean.

Last edited 1 year ago by dave
Tommy Molnar
1 year ago

If we are eating out (not very often) for breakfast I order hash browns and tell them to “burn ’em”. I want them crisp, not swampy where it seems like they accidentally fell into the frying pan and someone quickly ‘rescued’ them.

Thomas Kainz
1 year ago

Usually I get hash browns for my side and my wife gets pancakes ,then we share.

1 year ago

Home fries, the wife and I split them and then we only have them once a month. Pancakes are a main dish in our world. And is easier to make pancakes at hone and we do it without sugar.

Jed Smith
1 year ago

At home I make pancakes regularly (though I eat them as the main course not the side). So when I am at a restaurant I most often go for what is different from home.

1 year ago

Hash browns if they’re homemade. Some breakfast diners have started using hash brown patties like the ones in fast food restaurants. That’s a perversion!

Diane Mc
1 year ago

We don’t eat breakfast out enough to weigh 200lbs :-). It’s a treat for us, which we enjoy when traveling. I’m hash browns & toast with my eggs, My husband is pancakes. Husband puts eggs on top of pancakes so that becomes the “meal”. And sometimes sometimes I’ll steal some of his pancakes.

Lil John
1 year ago
Reply to  Diane Mc

Eggs ON the pancakes. Glad someone else likes that. I’ve been putting the eggs between two pancakes for 50 years. Some folks say eeeyou, but I like it! Salt and pepper on the eggs, break them up and then put syrup over the whole thing. Dang, I just made myself hungry.

Diane Mc
1 year ago
Reply to  Lil John

Husband excited to know he isn’t alone.😂 He also salts and peppers eggs and then the syrup all over. Not lots, but still syrup on top. Oh, butter on the pancakes. And break up the yolks so they run😊

1 year ago
Reply to  Diane Mc

He is most defiantly not alone. Without the salt it looks my favorite.

Steve - Alaska
1 year ago

There is a small restaurant located n Palmer, AK ( called the Noisy Goose) that has the best pancakes EVER!! If we go there for breakfast, I always order, eggs, bacon, hash browns AND pancakes!! After that I am a happy man for two to three days!!! If we go to other restaurants, I seldom order any pancakes!

1 year ago

When eating out I always have hashbrowns as pancakes, to me, seems a meal in itself. However, as a young boy I spent the night at a friend’s house and his mother served sliced tomatoes with bacon and eggs. I had never had that combo before, but I liked it. Now my wife and I have poached eggs on toast with bacon and sliced tomatoes almost every Sunday.

1 year ago
Reply to  Ray

I’ll have to try that. Finding good tomatoes is a problem.

1 year ago

Neither. I don’t want to weigh 200 lbs.

Ed Thomas
1 year ago

Here in the South, you can get Grits instead of hash browns. Pancakes are still a main dish.

Tim Haigler
1 year ago
Reply to  Ed Thomas

Grits all the way

1 year ago

Bacon, eggs, and hash browns.
And I agree that pancakes are the main dish rather than a side.

Neal Davis
1 year ago

Never go somewhere for breakfast, so purely hypothetical choice of pancakes. Ideally I could get more scrambled eggs with my order of scrambled eggs. You can have my bacon if you want it, especially if you give me a few of your scrambled eggs.

1 year ago

I always thought of pancakes as the main event. Potato cakes are a great compromise.

1 year ago
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