Friday roundtable: It's time to commit to a breakfast meal

Geoff Burke

Which breakfast joints would rank in your top three or so, and which would you commit to?

This morning in the SB Nation nerve center I mentioned that some college football recruits are releasing lists of their top FIFTEEN schools. This comes months before they'll eventually sign with their chosen schools. And we got to wondering, what if we treated other things in life like recruits treat picking a college?

Like breakfast.

Martin Rickman sticks with tradition and geography

I've got a lot of breakfast restaurants on me right now, and even though I haven't taken any officials (I plan to do that in the next few mornings), I'm starting to pull together a list. Do I have any favorites? I mean, it's hard to say now, but a couple of names stand out.

Yeah, Bob Evans is definitely in the running. The sausage gravy is really strong there, and the mix-and-match sides are a draw, for sure, for sure.

I am also high on any place with a real emphasis on biscuits or serving all day. It just plays into my strengths and my passions. I know there are a lot of really great breakfast places out there, but I've always wanted to eat biscuits since I was a kid growing up.

There's just such a solid tradition when you talk about Bob Evans. Started small, started humble, but they've been raised into a real dynasty. I would be humbled to eat at an establishment like that. Oh, and the servers are just friendly and helpful; they'll make sure I get the most out of my breakfast career.

And what else can you say about biscuits? They're in a league of their own. There's breakfast foods and then there's biscuits, it's like they aren't even on the same playing field. Just getting the chance to eat them every day and be a part of that experience -- I mean, wow, talk about amazing. So, yeah, that's where I'm at right now, but you know, my mind isn't made up, not even close. Like I said, I'm going to have to talk about it and visit a few places. I'll probably make my decision after the breakfast season.

So if I had to pick, I'd say Bojangles is right up there, yeah, definitely. I've talked to a few people, my family and friends, and they're both really big on Bojangles too.

I don't know if I have a third school up there, but I do know the Original Pancake House is close to home, and they sell corned beef hash as a side, so I can't count them out at this point. Honestly, it's just too early to say.

Thank you sir. I appreciate it sir.

Matt Ufford knows what he's looking for

I am fully committed to ANY SHITTY DINER.

Three eggs over easy, bacon, and hash browns. Take that home fry shit and GET OUT. I said HASH BROWNS. If they aren't shredded and crispy on the outside and taste as much like butter as potatoes, do not call them hash browns. White toast on the side, and DO NOT EVEN TRY to pawn that packet of grape jelly off on me, Gladys. Get me the strawberry, please, and keep the coffee comin'.

Dan Rubenstein not swayed by traditional powers

1. Cici's Cafe, Encino, CA (huevos rancheros)
2. Tamale House, Austin, TX (migas, breakfast tacos, etc)
3. The Glenwood, Eugene, OR (breakfast burrito, cheese potatoes, homemade jelly)

Bobby Big Wheel steps up and orders ... Bojangles

Here's a ranking of fast food breakfasts:

1. Bojangles.
2-whatever. Everyone else because everyone else* is shit compared to Bojangles.

First off, you have the Bojangles biscuit. It's the perfect mix of light and buttery. It is the best fast food biscuit by a country mile. So regardless of what you fill it with, Bojangles wins. I'd take a Bojangles biscuit filled with an old shoe over a piece of crap McMuffin.

Then you have this list of potential breakfast sandwiches. Now you have you standard breakfast fare there, but wait. What is that you see? A Cajun filet?! Oh, but it's breakfast, you can't have a piece of juicy slab of fried chicken flavored with the spices of Southern Louisiana. But it's on the menu. I mean, it'd be disrespectful NOT to order it if you want it. So you order it, you tear apart its wrapper, and you bite in. The flavors of light buttery biscuit, Cajun spice, chicken skin, and juicy white meat all race to hit your brain's pleasure zones, and for one minute all is right in the world.

That's why I commit to Bojangles.

* Apparently there's a place called Tudor's Biscuit World in West Virginia and Ohio, but I disqualified it because "West Virginia and Ohio."

Jason Kirk commits to... gluttony

First, I'd like to thank my Lord and Savior for making me able to eat breakfast. Some people are born without mouths.

I'd also like to thank my family, coaches, teachers, and friends who accompanied me on this journey and did not eat as much as I did, because I am a football player of eating.

As you see, there are three breakfasts before me. There's a chicken, egg, and cheese sunflower bagel from Chick-fil-A, a Waffle House All-Star Special, and a plate of stuff from somewhere else that I don't actually eat but that Coach said I should include because he knows a guy who cooks there. Shout out to that guy.

It is with much trembling and humility that I am forced to eat both of the former breakfasts before you now, as ESPNU films me doing so, because I cannot choose between these two meals. My commitment will be delayed until the end of forever, as an eternity of eating chicken, egg, and cheese sunflower bagels and All-Star Specials is superior to anything God or Nick Saban can offer.

Thank you for coming to my high school's gym to watch me eat.

Your turn! Let's hear your top three breakfast meals from restaurants and your overall favorite.

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