There are precisely two things I need in the morning: breakfast and coffee. When I’m home, satisfying these two requirements is no problem, but sometimes I want to treat myself to breakfast out, and then things fall apart: Once I breach the confines of my apartment I have to decide whether I want good coffee, or good food.
At any of Long Island’s million or so Starbucks, I can get a good cup of American coffee, or something based on a real espresso. But I have never had even a halfway decent morsel of food there.
At any of Long Island’s million or so diners, I can get a good plate of eggs over easy, sausage, and fairly good home fries, but I’ve never had a great, or even very good, cup of coffee.
I have been known to bring my own breakfast into Starbucks, but I don’t have the nerve to bring my own coffee to the diner. And why should I have to? I know diners are in the business of delivering quantity, but I would happily pay real money if a diner offered, in addition to the regular coffee, a mindfully made cup of joe.
Does anyone out there know of a diner that makes really good coffee? Or even a bagel shop?