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Cafe: Crackers & Co. Cafe

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but what they don't tell you is that it's delicious during the rest of Earth's daily rotation. Enter Crackers & Co. Cafe, a local chain that's serving breakfast up constantly.

Food Critic Michele Laudig on Crackers & Co. Cafe:

Crackers might fool you at first glance, with a bit of that chain-style design blandness. I giggled at the mention of "warm, rural Tuscan ambiance" on the restaurant's Web site, because the place felt so all-American to me -- it's a no-frills, country-style spot not unlike the places I knew growing up in the boonies of "Pennsyltucky." You know, a down-home restaurant where people go after church, or where retirees socialize over pancakes and coffee.

Indeed, older folks seem to love Crackers. But the restaurant draws all walks of life -- families toting kids and coloring books, young couples, and teens with dyed-black hair and eyeliner, out with mom and dad. They fill up three dining room sections where the tables are draped in plastic tablecloths that look like they were pulled from an '80s time capsule. Silk flower arrangements and lots of painted rooster ceramics serve as décor, and there's an American flag in the corner...full story

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Jonathan McNamara