5 Breakfast Meccas In And Around West Chester

5 Breakfast Meccas In And Around West Chester

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There are many hot breakfast spots throughout Chester County. Each one with its appeals and downsides. This list will highlight the best (in my opinion) that you can find in your own backyard of West Chester and it's surrounding areas. Hopefully, this inspires some weekend plans.

1. Wawa

Wawa is a treat that very few can enjoy. It boasts delicious, quick, and pocket-friendly options for people of all walks of life. They also have a great selection of food, beverages, and snacks to choose from. If you're in a rush, you can expect the quickest and friendliest service. Another benefit is the free/ $1 coffee days, sizzli specials, and hoagiefest. Some negatives, however, is there is no outdoor seating so you must eat in your car. It can also get really crowded in the morning.

2. Nudy's Cafe

Nudy's is located near the bus station and the courthouse in town, so if you don't have a car it's no problem to get to this location. It's also not that far from West Chester University and can be accessed by bus or by walking. The location is quaint, and the service is quick with polite employees. Great for Breakfast or Brunch with a group of friends. Some negatives are the small parking lot for those who have to drive and the food is a bit bland for my taste. However, do not let that deter you from trying them out. Everyone's tastes are different. They also have many other locations throughout the county.

3. Downingtown Diner

A town classic and the home of the Blob, this little slice of cinematic history serves breakfast 24 hours a day 7 days a week. So whether breakfast is at 8 am or 8 pm, you can expect to get a short stack of platter sized flapjacks. The food is flavorful and the atmosphere is fun and friendly. This location is great for everyone. Some negatives are that parking is minimal, and it can get very crowded on weekends. Especially right after Church on Sunday.

4. 7/11

You wouldn't expect 7/11 to be among the best places for breakfast, but I assure you I can vouch for this one. The 7/11 in Exton, PA saved my ass on numerous occasions when I had to be up at the crack of dawn to catch my bus to work at the mall. It was a safe place to walk to, to get my morning cup of joe, and the breakfast sandwiches were surprisingly tasty. Add to that, the friendly staff who always asked me about my day and how I was doing. Some downsides, however, was the limited breakfast food selection and no established eating area.

5. Shady Maple Smorgasbord

The last location is more of a destination spot. Shady Maple is in the heart of Lancaster County surrounded by some of the activities mentioned in my fall activities article. So why not make a weekend of it with a trip to the biggest buffet you have ever seen. The buffet boasts an array of options, all equally tasty, and you can eat till you drop with the flat rate entrance fee and unlimited self-serve. Also if you have a huge group, they can probably seat you. I've seen a group of 30+ get seated. However, don't count on getting seated with a group that large if you come late. They don't have all the dining rooms open for breakfast.

Also, keep in mind, if you have a large group it can get really expensive, and if you get there late they may not be able to seat everyone in your party together at one table due to space. Also, keep in mind that the buffet area can be really hard to navigate at times. Take two trips if you need to to get food and drink.

I hope you enjoyed this list of the best breakfast eateries in and around West Chester. Maybe you could try one this week or this weekend. Tell me what you thought in the comments.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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My Strange Obsession: Bibibop Addition

I am obsessed with Bibibop.


I am obsessed with Bibibop.

Sounds strange, right? But it's true.

For those of you who have never had the opportunity to experience Bibibop, Bibibop is an Asian Grill set up similar to Chipotle. You're able to go down the line of food, choosing a base (always go with the purple rice), hot toppings (they all slap), protein (the tofu is to die for), some cold toppings (a great way to try kale for the first time), and a sauce (if you don't get the Yum Yum sauce, you're weird.)

And, let me tell you, the final product is always delicious.

I hadn't been introduced to Bibibop until this past year, but once I tried it for the first time, I never looked back. Now I am constantly craving the taste of the Yum Yum sauce. I usually hit up Bibibop once every two weeks, but if I was rich, I would probably eat it every other day.

Though, admittedly, the prices are pretty good. And they celebrate meatless Mondays with 20% off to anyone who doesn't get meat in their bowl.

Plus, it's pretty healthy. Unlike most restaurants, like Chipotle, where your somewhat healthy meal can instantly become bad for you with the addition of something on the menu, Bibibop's entire menu provides nutritional value and offers gluten-free and vegan options.

Basically, Bibibop is the most underrated and most delicious restaurant in the world, which is why my obsession with it runs so deep. Although I would usually admit that obsessions are unhealthy, I think this one might be okay.

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