Panclog #32: Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Palin’ Around at Perkins
This is the March-iest Panclog since our fantastic and controversial review of John’s Space Age Donuts. It was pretty epic. I assure you that this edition is going to be tasteful and elegant. If you don’t think so, the Panclog Pals recommend you watch a couple episodes of Masha & The Bear in its original Russian. This will calm you down and make you happy. Enjoy today’s Panclog review of Perkin’s Restaurant & Bakery.
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery is a chain restaurant that specializes in tasty pies and greasy (in a good way) food. We went to the Perkins at 87th Street and I-35 in Overland Park, KS. This location is open 6 AM – 12 AM Sunday through Thursday and open all 24 hours on Friday and Saturday. Check out their website to find a location near you.
Location/Environment: The environment is cultivated, like many other chains, in a style that promotes continuity between locations. The first thing you see when walking in is a tantalizing baked goods section. This comes into play later. Keep your eyes peeled. The environment is one that is warm with wood – paneling, booths and checkout counter all be-decked in a light stained oak. The location of this Perkins is perfect for people getting together. It is right off the highway and has ample parking.
Service: The service at this Perkins is everything you want from a chain restaurant. Our server not only gave us recommendations, but also kept our coffee full at all times. Coffee being full is the key to being an awesome server.
Wait time for food: 5 minutes
Menu/Selection: Perkins specializes in American cuisine. They are known for their baked goods that they hawk at the front counter. The Peanut Butter Silk pie is something that every human deserves. Buy one for your favorite Panclog writer. The menu offered by the restaurant is quite large with many options, with breakfast getting a couple of dedicated pages. The devotion to breakfast is much appreciated. The breakfast choices are typical, including various styles of pancakes, French toast, eggs, and assorted breakfast meats. Perkins does have a wide assortment of muffins served warm and tasty. Perkins is in the midst of a push to get late night diners. Check out these specials.
Check that out! All you can eat pancakes! Half priced pie! Perkins knows what those late night diners want. You can always find something you will want to put in your mouth. Read their extensive menu here.
Big Country Smasher (Jared)
Breakfast is not just for when you wake up.
My mother, the saintly Shari, once told me of the mythical “California Menu.” This means that whatever is on the menu is available all day. I believe this is the reason why famous people and fancy technological people (techies) live in California. If you can get breakfast at any restaurant then you are 83% more likely to live a happy and successful life.*
*I made this statistic up. But try to disprove it!
This dreamy California menu brings me to restaurants that serve breakfast all day long: IHOP, Denny’s, Steak & Shake and Perkins. Ask me what I want for dinner and I’ll tell you it’s gonna be BRINNER! Breakfast for dinner is the king of meals. It feels wrong but I assure you it is so right.
Song obsession of this clog: Beacon Hill by Damien Jurado. Enjoy.
I would have to say that Perkins has not done themselves proud in the marketing department, as that I don’t believe they have definitively declared themselves as a breakfast-focused restaurant. And without this clear focus, many diners may perceive Perkins as a place of ill-repute. Not all chains are bad. Not all Mom & Pop shops are amazing. I give you a recommendation to make your life better. Try all the breakfast places and then decide which ones are bad. The bad ones you don’t have to go anymore. But here is an even better recommendations, if you hear about a breakfast spot that you don’t know is good or not. Send it on over to us on twitter. We will give you the sweet hookup on whether or not its worth your time.
Let’s get a good look at my meal that is interestingly named The Big Country Smasher.
Looks interesting, am I right? Let’s break down what is inside this dish. The crust is smashed up tater tots (I have a hunch that this gives it its name.) These tots are the salty greasy foundation of a well-balanced breakfast. Next we have not 1, not 2, but 3, the holy trinity of breakfast meats, ham, sausage, and bacon. Can you go wrong with throwing all of the breakfast meats into a breakfast dish? That is a rhetorical question. On top of that meat, an egg that is cooked to your liking. I chose over-easy because I love making a mess. Then we add the warm comforter that is sausage gravy. Then garnish with some freshly shredded cheddar cheese. Yep all of that in a bowl. It is something to take in. I’ll admit that, though this dish isn’t the prettiest, it hits the spot.
If you didn’t know, Perkins is known for their baked goods. If you go to a restaurant and they say that they are known for something, a good plan is to always try that something. Brent and I tried the blueberry muffin at the behest of our server. Here is a picture!
Yep, it was that good. It was so good that Brent thought about eating the wrapper. I would say this muffin was more cake-y than other muffins I have had. Some people butter their muffins. This muffin was so fluffy and flavorful, the butter was unnecessary. Even better about this muffin is that it was a cheaper add-on because I had one of the Perkins specials.
Perkins is a good breakfast spot. I would not say it is great, but it definitely should be added to everyone’s rotation. If you don’t have a rotation of breakfast spots, hit me up and we will start getting that morning grub on.
Big Country Smasher: $9.29
Blueberry Muffin: $0.99
French Toast Breakfast (Brent)
A Perkins Panclog makes for a nice alliteration. It is not often when we get to play games with language while celebrating one of the few joys in life, breakfast. I recall mentioning that we were going to Panclog Perkins to my spouse and her response was incredulous, “Really, that place?” I am not sure my darling wife feels that Perkins is Panclog worthy. Sure, it is a national chain, and sure, it is not at the top of our list of restaurants, but we at the Panclog are equal opportunity breakfasters.
Perkins is exactly what you would expect it to be. A restaurant in the same vein as Shoney’s, Bob Evans, and, to some degree, Crackle Barrel. On long road trips, I like to stop at these types of restaurants to stretch my legs and grab a decent meal. Usually these establishments are clean and pleasant with staff who are kind and friendly. The Perkins that Jared proposed we patronize is no different from what you would expect and is inviting and warm. Albeit the restaurant was relatively empty for its size when we arrived at seven in the morning. We have been to this particular Perkins a couple times and it has wanted for customers each time.
Jared was kind enough to purchase a blueberry muffin as an appetizer for our breakfast and shared it with me. Rather than slice the pastry in half like untrusting acquaintances, we shared it in a fashion that was more akin to Lady and the Tramp. There is nothing awkward about two grown men sharing an unadorned cupcake in this fashion. Get out there with your best buddy and go for it.
On a side note, how brilliant is having an appetizer before your breakfast actually starts. The depth of wisdom shared by the Panclog team is remarkable. The Breakfast Buddies should begin getting dessert as well. I wonder what breakfast ice cream would be like. Perhaps just vanilla ice cream with some crispy rice cereal thrown on it. Maybe a maple-flavored cheesecake with a crust made of grape nuts. I could go for an apple pie filling pastry pocket (wait, isn’t that already a thing?). We often say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is time that we treated it as such, and make it a multicourse experience.
For this particular Panclog I opted for the French toast breakfast with a side of scrambled eggs and sausage links.
Just a simple basic breakfast really, which was kind of what I was in the mood for anyway. The toast was cooked well with a satisfying crust on the edges and not too soggy in the middle. Sadly, there was not enough butter provided in my opinion. A breakfast place that brought out a butter-filled ramekin on the side would win me over in a heartbeat. Just to sound more fussy and entitled, a powdered sugar shaker placed on the side with be terrific too. That way you could get a nice pool of melted butter on the French toast and sprinkle enough powdered sugar on the top to make a nice glaze. This, my friends, pushes French toast to its highest heights.
The eggs and sausage were good, but nothing that would generate a lot of excitement. Overall, that is what you could probably say about Perkins in general. The restaurant is good and you will not leave disappointed, but I do not see it revving anyone’s engines. Some mornings that is exactly what you need. Thus, I would recommend going to Perkins and putting the establishment in the normal cycle, but I would not suggest that you choose it above some other places. If you had to choose between the Big Biscuit here in KC or Perkins, head on over to the Big B. However, if you are heading on a long trip out of town and you are looking for something that is consistent and friendly then pop on in to Perkins. Perkins will fulfill those expectations.
French toast breakfast – $8.29
Coffee – $2.29
Overall: Perkins has earned the right to be visited on a regular basis. Try it and tell us what you think.
Brent – Perkins earns 3.25 stars out of five.
Jared – C++ or B– Both of these are now real grades. Its better than average and worse than great.
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