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Full English Breakfast vs All American Breakfast

Updated on August 23, 2017
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Which Country Has The Better Cooked Breakfast - England or America?

I have something to confess: I am English, but much prefer the traditional American breakfast to our Full English breakfast! The first meal of the day has always been my favourite, I usually have cereal or toast but a cooked breakfast once in a while is a lovely treat.

After living in the US for 6 months, I acquired a very unhealthy addiction to the home cooked American breakfasts and although it is terribly unpatriotic, the Full English just doesn't work for me any more!

So what do you think? Are you an enthusiastic advocate for pancakes, biscuits and hash browns? Or do you prefer black pudding and fried bread!

See my pros and cons and join in the debate!

A Traditional American Diner

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Why American Breakfasts Are So Tasty!

Maybe because I was a foreigner in a different land and have a romanticised view on the American way of life, I don't know, but I just prefer these breakfasts and the whole diner experience! American breakfasts derived from our own English one, but expanded to include and develop on dishes from many different countries, such as Mexico, Ireland and Germany.

  1. The portions are HUGE

  2. I like the way American mix their sweet and savoury together (chocolate pancakes with eggs and bacon, anyone?), which I thought was weird and horrible at first. I now find it funny looking at all the combinations you can have, and it actually does work.

  3. Hash browns are a gift from the heavens.

  4. You can get a lot to eat for less than $10.00. And by a lot, I mean you can literally be full until the next day on half a plateful and take a doggy bag home to eat for breakfast the next day.

  5. The free re-fills of coffee, genius.

  6. The characterful diners run by families, with plenty of quirks and charm are wonderful places. Americans are generally a lot more sociable and friendly than English people, if you are foreign people will want to talk to you and get to know you. In return you meet some fascinating people that seem to be straight from a movie.

  7. The range of dishes available are more than you get with a full English breakfast. You can mix it up a lot more with more variety.

  8. I like that you can order your fried eggs to your preference, this is civilised and thoughtful!

A Traditional English "Greasy Spoon"

Premiere Cafe, South Tottenham, N15
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My Thoughts On The Full English Breakfast

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English cooked breakfasts are very tasty but they just don't measure up in my opinion, and here is why.....

  1. There is less variety, you get bacon, sausage, egg (just the one, in the US it is common to get 3!), fried bread, black pudding, beans, mushrooms and tomato. You get that all on one plate, seems a little miserly to me!

  2. I like that there is a nod to eating some vitamin C with a Full English, with the tomato and mushrooms. A grilled tomato is so great.

  3. A mug of tea with an English cooked breakfast is fab, out of a mug that has not been washed properly and still has the lipstick of the previous drinker on the rim.

  4. People watching - eating in a greasy spoon is brilliant for people watching! But in America you will be talked too, in England you will be ignored and if you are a tourist, viewed with suspicion.

  5. English back bacon is amazingly tasty, but is never cooked to the crispiness I want! You would not dare ask for it to be crisped up either.

  6. I think there are less opportunities to eat our Full English breakfast now, Greasy Spoons are becoming scarce and people are too health conscious. I saw packed diners in the States, with families all enjoying a cooked breakfast, I just don't see that in the UK. Please contradict me if I am wrong!

Let's Hear From You! American vs English Breakfast! - There is no middle ground!

What breakfast do you prefer?

Please Share Your Favourite Breakfast Memories! - Do you have a favourite place to go and eat breakfast?

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      Jacobus 14 months ago

      I quite like both, actually. The American penchant for mixing sweet and salty/savoury things may seem strange at first, but it's downright addictive once you've experienced it. Both breakfasts are good for cold weather. Americans are often put off by the inclusion of beans, but British beans are very different from theirs, served in a tomato rather than treacle-based sauce.

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      Spirality 3 years ago

      I love bacon, egg and cheese on toast. Delicious!

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      I'm not big on sitting down and eating a big breakfast typically however our traditional family christmas breakfast is my ultimate sit down breakfast... pan fried potato and cheese leftover pierogi, cold sliced ham, scrambled eggs, bagels, pancakes.... yes.

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      casnider 4 years ago

      The best all around breakfast is on a Celebrity cruise ship in the middle of the ocean.

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      James1978 4 years ago

      The best full English breakfasts are usually done by B&B and guest house owners in my experience.

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      victoriahaneveer 4 years ago

      iHop is always nice!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Man, both of these look so tasty - but I'm not terribly fond of beans, so American may have to win out there... blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      legomanultra 5 years ago

      I like American Breakfasts as well. I used to like to go to the International House of Pancakes or Steak N' Shake, but now I prefer a good ol' fashioned homecooked American breakfast.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I like the American diners too, but I don't order the humungous breakfasts. Maybe some scrambled eggs and two slices of bacon and toast. Diner breakfast food always tastes better

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Both breakfasts sound wickedly delicious. I doubt all the fat, salt and sugar in them is good for your health but as a once-a-while indulgence give me both!

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      Satdin 5 years ago

      Nice informative lens you have done

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      I didn't know about Full English Breakfast before now, and am quite thankful I don't have to eat one! My favorite place for breakfast - my kitchen table!

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      reasonablerobby 5 years ago

      This could cause a diplomatic incident, and rightly so too. There are lots of things from the USA and Canada that I love, and I'm afraid the American Breakfast doesn't come close...especially if the secret ingredient is Black Pudding.

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      They both have their places and I'd never turn either down when offered but I feel that the American breakfast edges out the English one. It boils down to basically the amount of variety offered by the American breakfast giving it greater room for adapting to the whims of the day.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      One full English please!

      By Robert Harland

      "To eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day," so said British playwright and novelist W. Somerset Maugham.

      He was of course referring to that great British culinary institution, the full English breakfast.

      This usually comprises several fried foods â bacon, eggs, tomatoes, sausages, baked beans, fried bread (a fried 'slice'), mushrooms, black (blood) pudding and sometimes left-over mashed potato, also fried.

      If you're a Brit, this is food for the gods. But if you have one every day, you're unlikely to be around long enough to enjoy an old-age pension, though Briton Douglas Terrey has just celebrated his 105th birthday and he's eaten a full English every morning since he was 13.

      Also called a full Monty or a fry-up, the full English is available in thousands of cafes and restaurants throughout the day. It's history, however, goes back many centuries to rural England.

      This breakfast delight is what your average English peasant had first thing in the morning to fortify himself before heading off for a day of back-breaking work in the fields.

      Interestingly, rather like that other great British culinary classic, fish and chips, the traditional full English breakfast has made a substantial contribution to the international food scene.

      Hotels and restaurants around the world serve a breakfast buffet on the English model.

      But, for my money, the best full English is still found in the its country of origin. There is even a website dedicated to fry-ups where blogger Dave Fry goes in search of the best in Britain. http://www.ifancyafryup.co.uk/daves-blog

      At his first European Union summit in Brussels recently, newly-elected British prime minister David Cameron was treated to a full English. His host, European commission president, José Manuel Barroso, knew this would make set the right tone and make Mr. Cameron feel at home.

      It's said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and the full English has indeed been copied and renamed in many countries.

      Although the ingredients may differ slightly, in the US the English fry-up has morphed into the full American. There's also the full Scottish, the full Australian, the full Canadian, the full Irish, the full Welsh and from Northern Ireland, there's the Ulster fry.

      But, whatever it's called, lovers of a hearty fried breakfast can thank English peasants all those centuries ago for coming up with the idea.

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      David Dove 6 years ago

      Full english served on the terrace in tropical sunshine - I imagine.

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      GypsyPirate LM 6 years ago

      Loved reading this. I had no idea what a Full English breakfast was, so now I've learned something too.

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      JJNW 6 years ago from USA

      Our American family eats a very light breakfast with minimal fat. An egg on toasted bread, a bowl of cereal with milk, or maybe oatmeal. Now, eating in a restaurant - YUM - I go for the bigger breakfast! (scrambled eggs, hashbrown potatoes, toast with jam, strong coffee)

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      WayneDave LM 6 years ago

      Love a good fry up now and again. Gotta be careful but they are great on a hangover day!

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      poutine 6 years ago

      I love my breakfasts at home. I find them too greasy at restaurants.

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      careermom 6 years ago

      I love eating breakfast at home. It is too hard to find all the right combos in a restaurant. I love crepes with cream cheese and raspberry jams over traditional pancakes. But I do love the sweet being offset with tomatoes and mushrooms. Darn but this lens makes one hungry

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for this...I love to see the British perspective! You might enjoy the PBS program Breakfast Special, which is available on DVD. I want to eat at every place they visited!

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      A typical breakfast for me would be either cereal or yogurt with fruit. But gotta love an old-fashioned American/Canadian breakfast once in a while. Lensrolling to pancakes vs waffles debate!

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      I'm a Belgian, so, I'm accustomed to bread spread with some jam or Liege syrup (which I definitely hate); or croissants and other stuff like that, for breakfast.

      However, my favorite type of breakfast is the English breakfast which I discovered in my books when I was a child and I actually tried when I went on holiday in England for the very first time of my life.

      I then went back on there over and over again, because the country is the most marvelous country I've ever been to, Brits are the most fantastic people I've ever met and they serve an amazingly delicious breakfast in the morning and a wonderful cream tea at 5 o'clock.

      Should I add that, since the very first time he went in the UK with me, my son requires from me to prepare a British breakfast every Sunday morning? Isn't this proof that UK wins the breakfast battle? LOL.

      It was an entertaining page, once again!

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      ravi551854 6 years ago

      i am an Indian and i prefer to eat parantha or chapati with omlate in the breakfast