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Full English Breakfast vs All American Breakfast
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
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.
The portions are HUGE
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.
Hash browns are a gift from the heavens.
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.
The free re-fills of coffee, genius.
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.
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.
I like that you can order your fried eggs to your preference, this is civilised and thoughtful!
A Traditional English "Greasy Spoon"
My Thoughts On The Full English Breakfast
English cooked breakfasts are very tasty but they just don't measure up in my opinion, and here is why.....
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?