Best Breakfast

Catalyst Cafe

The Catalyst started out as a tiny coffee cart on Higgins, switched to brick-and-mortar and, over the years, created an empire. It’s a quaint empire, but one that dominates the downtown breakfast scene. Its strategy? For one, the cheddar potato casserole side dish, which is served in place of humdrum hashbrowns. Recently, the restaurant upped the ante with the addition of a green chile/pepperjack potato casserole (you can still get homefries or fruit, instead). The menu is diverse, with a combination of classic egg-and-bacon dishes, as well as bold specials like “Big Hot Mess”—a meat, potato, eggs, biscuit and veggie concoction served with maple paprika cream gravy. If any dish were worthy of such an empire, that would be it. Catalyst Cafe • 111 N. Higgins Ave, #111 • 542-1337 •

Finalists, Best Breakfast

2. Paul’s Pancake Parlor • 2305 Brooks St • 728-9071 •

3. The Shack • 222 W. Main St • 549-9903 •

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