We’re breakfast people, my husband and I.
In fact, I haven’t slept in on a weekend since we got married. At home during the week, he prepares a working man’s breakfast of toast, sausage and fresh-from-our-chicken-coop eggs. There’s usually enough left over on his plate to feed me as well.
But on the weekends, he enjoys heading out early and letting someone else do the cooking.
When it’s my turn to pick, you’ll find us shortly after sun-up at the Hy-Vee Deli in Boone.
Being an expert on pancakes, I can tell you that some of the best pancakes in Iowa are to found as close as the local Hy-Vee Deli. Light and fluffy, smothered in melted butter and maple syrup, the pancakes make getting out of bed early on a Saturday worthwhile.
For a bit of crispy protein, I always pair my pancake with a side of fresh, hot bacon. And since we’re big milk drinkers, while he orders I head on down the aisles and purchase a full quart of milk for us to share at the table. It saves a few pennies, and we nearly always finish the entire quart between the two of us.
Now, for my husband, the Hy-Vee breakfast skillets are among his very favorites. They are piled high with eggs, hash browns, sausage, cheese and an assortment of chopped veggies — there’s practically a whole day’s worth of goodness in a single skillet. But somehow, he always has room to finish off what’s left of my pancake, because as good as they are, they are so generous that I always have some to share.
While the food is good, and the service always prompt and friendly, we also enjoy the sport of people watching at the Hy-Vee Deli. It seems to be the place where a town comes together.
We see old friends, but mostly we enjoy chatting over the paper while having a real comfort food meal that neither one of us had to cook.
Before we’re done, I’ll stock up on our favorite broccoli salad from the deli, and perhaps a few of their home-baked cookies. (The oatmeal raisin come highly recommended.)
Starting the weekend with pancakes, bacon and a leisurely pace at the Hy-Vee Deli is a great way to launch the weekend.
1111 Eighth St.
Kitchen hours: 5 a.m. – 8 p.m.