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Perkins Family Restaurants

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    Menu Description: "Oven-roasted turkey breast, real bacon pieces, green onions and fresh tomatoes. In a delicate hollandaise sauce."

    This chain gained a large following early on for its homestyle breakfast menu. Today, even though you can eat from the breakfast menu whenever you like, customers are picking from the lunch and dinner selections just about as often.

    Since it was originally the breakfast selection that made this chain famous, I thought it would be a good idea to hack this great omelette recipe. The Country Club Omelette answers the question "What do you get when you cross a club sandwich and three eggs?" 

    Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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    Menu Description: "Brimming with a blend of diced ham, onions, crisp celery and green peppers folded into a rich, luscious cheese sauce. With hashed browns tucked inside." 

    The same year that Matt and Ivan Perkins opened their first diner, they started selling franchise rights to other entrepreneurs. Back then, the name for the chain west of the Mississippi was still Smitty's, and to the east it became Perkins Pancake House. Soon, the name was changed to Perkins Cake & Steak. But that wouldn't last either. In the seventies the western chain of Smitty's and the eastern Perkins consolidated, and Perkins Family Restaurants, as we know it today, was born.

    Secret breakfast recipes are what originally made Perkins famous. The trademarked Granny's Country Omelette is a popular menu selection from the "Premium Omelettes" column. It is a clever design for an omelette with the hash browns hidden away inside the folded eggs in a compartment separate from the other filling ingredients. 

    Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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    When Matt and Ivan Perkins tasted the food at Smitty's Pancake House in Seattle, they were smitten. Soon they had purchased the rights to William Smith's recipes, which had been perfected at his renowned restaurant that opened just after the end of World War II. In 1958, the brothers opened their own Smitty's restaurants in Cincinnati, Ohio, and eventually changed the name from Smitty's to Perkins. 

    If you've never tried potato pancakes from Perkins, or any restaurant, now's the time. I've given you the option to make the potatoes with frozen hash brown potatoes or with fresh potatoes you shred by hand. It's up to you. Use maple syrup on these hotcakes, or go for a little butter and powdered sugar on top.

    Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

    Update 1/9/17: I suggest increasing the baking powder to 3/4 teaspoon, upping the salt to 1 teaspoon, and only using frozen hash brown potatoes. Thaw the potatoes and squeeze out the water before adding them to the batter or your batter may wind up too thin. If it does seem too thin, add a little more flour (1 tablespoon at a time).