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Side Hustle: Five Great Breakfast Starches

In celebration of Breakfast Week we take a look at the some sides to go with your bacon and eggs.

In order to be truly comforting I would argue that any breakfast worth waking up hungover for needs a starch component. Bread is all well and good, but some form of potato or corn is especially desirable as they tend to bring significant flavor enhancement to the meal. Frankly, there is something rather perverse about a diner breakfast without home fries, hash brown potatoes, or grits. Here then are five variations on the morning starch theme worth seeking out.

Grits: Pie's 'n Thighs

Fried catfish, grits, and eggs at Pies 'n Thighs.

Southern comfort food specialist Pie's 'N Thighs may be best known for fried chicken biscuits but the restaurant also serves up some delightfully goopy grits with cheddar and hot sauce, either with eggs or, even better, with fried catfish.

Grits, The Manhattan location of Pies 'N Thighs.

Potato Pancakes: Veselka

Veselka

"We used to make home fries but I wasn't happy with the quality" says Veselka owner Tom Birchard when question as to why he stopped serving the diner staple. It is unlikely anyone complained when the Ukrainian restaurant switched to the bronze hued potatoes pancakes — with their supremely crispy crust and a creamy interior — as the standard breakfast side. They are a compelling dish on their own or as part of a bacon or kielbasa and egg breakfast.

The griddle at Veselka

Home Fries: Joe Junior Diner

How Joe Junior Makes Home Fries

Joe Junior.

The home fried potato is the staple of any diner breakfast and Joe Junior serves a classic version. The diner goes through between two and four heaping hotel pans full of the potatoes during the day. At breakfast there will be a mountain of spuds on the griddle at all times.

Home Fries: Santina

Spicy potatoes at Santina.

Santina may have killed breakfast recently, but you can still get these impressively crisp and surprisingly piquant potatoes as early as 10 a.m.. Eater critic Ryan Sutton found them mesmerizing -- "they evoke spicy vegetarian pork rinds stuffed with more pork."

Hash Browns: Tick Tock Diner

Tick Tock Diner

The shredded hash brown has far more currency in diners outside of the city than it does in NYC greasy spoons, which tend to favor the home fried potato. But if you know where to look you can find the rarer, but arguably superior, shredded alternative. Like Tick Tock Diner, for example, which will serve you up a heaping tangle anytime, day or night.

Pies 'n' Thighs

166 South 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (347) 529-6090 Visit Website

Veselka

144 2nd Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10003 (212) 228-9682 Visit Website

Santina

820 Washington Street, Manhattan, NY 10014 (212) 254-3000 Visit Website

Joe Junior

167 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003 (212) 473-5150

Tick Tock Diner

481 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001, USA

Santina

820 Washington Street, Manhattan, NY 10014 (212) 254-3000 Visit Website

Joe Junior

167 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003 (212) 473-5150

Veselka

144 2nd Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10003 (212) 228-9682 Visit Website

Pies 'n' Thighs

43 Canal St, New York, NY 10002 (212) 413-7437 Visit Website
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