Budget Beat: $2.99 Breakfast at 12 East Café
If you live or work downtown and need a quick and cheap(!!) breakfast, you can do no worse than 12 East Café, right across the street from the light-rail stop on Jefferson and 12th streets. Here's the deal with this place (btw, it's right across the street from New Times' office): It's not gonna blow your mind with amazing food, but the breakfast is better than average and the place is highly accessible if you work anywhere near downtown.
So, what could this $2.99 breakfast possibly be? A muffin and a couple of grapes and canteloupe slices in a cup? Nope, you get the full complement of breakfast staples: egg, bacon or sausage, and a couple of pancakes. The egg is prepared however you'd like, the bacon is crisp and flavorful, and the pancakes, well, they come straight from an over-the-counter mix, but who cares? Remember, you're spending only $2.99 to consume The Most Important Meal of the Day.
Get the Dining Newsletter
The week's top local food news and events, plus interviews with chefs and restaurant owners, dining tips, and a peek at our print review.