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TLO Restaurant Review: Sunnyside Diner

10:02 AM EDT on July 11, 2023

The most maligned meal has to be breakfast.

For many years, so-called experts have claimed it's the most “important meal of the day,” but for me, that importance is usually marked by a quick, nutritional breakfast shake that holds me over until lunch – the meal that I personally believe to be the most important meal of the day.

But, I am now trying more breakfast meals and kind of dig the brawny gruff morning vibes they deliver, so I thought I'd stop by Sunnyside Diner – located on the edge of downtown at 916 NW 6th St. – and see what they have to offer.

Even though it was damp and gray outside when I stopped by last Friday, the crowd inside was pretty palpable, omitting feel-good breakfast vibes and soothing background chatter. The cheery Sunnyside mural on the back wall gave the place a post-modern feel, basking the eatery in a new-wave retro aesthetic.

With my steady ladyfriend in tow, we shook off the raindrops and grabbed some seats near the counter. After being delivered a steaming cup of jolting coffee—my main drug of choice—we placed our orders.

My desayuno darling had the lump-free Biscuit Debris ($11.99) – an open-faced biscuit layered with cheddar cheese, sausage gravy, poached eggs, jalapeños, and fried chicken. Now that sounds like a good time, all the time!

This kitchen sink concoction is triumphant in its simplicity: all the best breakfast items are placed fluffy in a sumptuous biscuit enclosure, with results being truly mind-boggling. The sausage gravy and poached eggs do a lot of heavy lifting, but, in the end, the fried chicken is so mouth-watering it couldn’t be helped.

For my own breakfast, the (supposed) King of Rock and Roll is back with the Fat Elvis Cakes ($11.99)! It’s a short stack of loaded pancakes topped with fresh bananas, bacon, candied pecans, and a hunka-hunka peanut butter, served with warm syrup.

This was a testament to Elvis’s timeless music and massive weight gain because I am sure it put a few more pounds on myself!

The iconic taste of ludicrous sandwiches and down-home flapjack are here, creating a perfect storm in my mouth. The hotcakes were above-standard, the peanut butter was super-smooth, and the candied pecans were a good treat. Maybe we could double-date with Honeybunny’s Velvet Elvis this weekend?

With my breakfast a rousing success, we decided on a 10 a.m. movie, Asteroid City. Even though Sunnyside was still packing in people in as we left, the crowd at the picture show was nearly nonexistent…and, I have to say, luxurious.

Although I'm still not sure breakfast is the most important meal of the day, Sunny Side does a great job making sure it tastes good. Plus, it gets you up early and helps beat the crowd at the movie theatre. Nothing wrong with that!

Cómpralo ya!


Follow Louis on Twitter at @LouisFowler and Instagram at @louisfowler78.

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