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BEST BREAKFAST

Serlin's Cafe

"Not Good Look'n, Just Good Cook'n," reads a sign above the doorway to the kitchen. True indeed, and that statement reflects the unironic folksiness on hand at this 61-year-old East Side institution, where the waitress is likely to call you "Hon." Actually, the place isn't bad look'n at all, just nothing particularly special: Two rows of high-backed booths sandwich in a few smaller ones in a cramped, wood-paneled room decorated with photos of hockey players and ice palaces past. As soon as you sit down, you get evidence of the good cook'n: Coffee and ice water arrive promptly, accompanied on Saturdays by a small, delicious, complimentary, homemade blueberry muffin. More excellent traditional breakfast fare awaits on the menu: your basic egg combos (including one with bratwurst for $5.50), tasty pancakes and French toast ($4, $5.50 with bacon or sausage, $6.50 with ham), a hearty Denver omelette ($7.50) made with flavorful, thick-sliced ham. But make sure to check the specials on the boards, too: Each comes with hash browns and toast, and there might be steak and eggs, huevos rancheros, or, a bargain at six bucks, eggs scrambled with generous chunks of that good ham. Serlin's serves breakfast and lunch six days a week, and dinner on Thursdays. Not Sundays, though, so you'll have to stay home and make your own breakfast at least once.

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