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A history sweeter than pie.

Perkins started out as a local family restaurant in 1958 in Ohio, as a single pancake house. It is now transformed into the nation’s leading family restaurant, with nearly 300 company-owned and franchised locations in 32 states.

Perkins started with dozens of pancake and waffle options, but soon enough they grew to offer American staples like breakfast all day, hearty steak plates, juicy burgers, and a wide selection of handcrafted handhelds, soups, and salads. The most iconic piece of Perkins Bakery is, you guessed it, homemade pies.

Grouchy had a craving for some potato pancakes this weekend, and to my knowledge Perkins is the only place to get them. So to tame the craving, there are three locations in Rapid City to meet your needs. The original on Mt. Rushmore Road, one on Lacrosse and for the Rapid Valley/Box Elder folk’s one on Elk Vale Road. Grouchy stopped just a little after 9 pm night and for a Friday night it was very quiet. Just two other tables so I received prompt service. I ordered the California Eggs Benedict and potato pancakes. The Cali benny is much like the original eggs benedict, but instead of Canadian bacon it has regular bacon, sun-dried tomatoes and slices of avocado, topped with the rich and creamy signature hollandaise sauce. A fun take on a classic.

I am a coffee snob, I love my coffee and if I can’t have my Starbucks I usually don’t order coffee when I eat out, but I do make an exception for Perkins coffee, they have the best coffee of any restaurant around. My breakfast (at 9 pm) arrived, there is something about eating breakfast for dinner that makes you feel like you are doing something naughty, but if this is naughty than I don’t want to be good! Everything was as I ordered it, hot fresh and supper tasty. The only thing I have to say is the avocado was over ripe and brown. We all know what happens once you cut into an avocado, and without the avocado it just is not the same. The potato cakes were amazing, if you have never had one you definitely should try them. Most people eat them with apple sauce but I like mine with butter and sour cream. Perkins earned 4 ½  star, the food was amazing (can’t hold the avocado against them, that is just the nature of the avocado) and service was very good. My meal came to $16.96, well worth it. Hours of operation are seven days a week from 6 am to midnight. And don’t forget about the homemade pies that Perkins is famous for.

Until next week, stay healthy and enjoy the 45th annual LNI. Good Eats


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