Chef-restaurateur Tom Douglas cares about breakfast. So much that he bakes his own English muffins—now that's dedication. Over at Dahlia, get the mellow, crannied muffin with sausage ($5). It's porky, juicy, and sweet with brown sugar, then layered with fully melted cheddar and a butter-fried egg. Dahlia Bakery: 2001 4th Avenue, Seattle WA 98121 (map); 206-441-4540
For all its recognition and all that it gets right, the McDonald's Egg McMuffin is an inherently flawed product. One that, with a little time and effort, can be improved upon at home. Here's how I make mine. Hopefully, we'll learn some lessons that can be applied to all breakfast sandwiches, not just Egg McMuffin clones.
The Full English Breakfast - A traditional full English breakfast includes bacon, poached or fried eggs, fried or grilled tomatoes, fried mushrooms, fried bread or toast with butter, sausages and baked beans, usually served with a mug of tea. As nearly everything is fried in this meal, it is commonly called a "fry-up". It is truly a national icon and was historically a tradition enjoyed by the working, middle and upper classes.