Sunday we paid a visit to the The Beacon restaurant before I had to report to work. The Beacon has long been a cornerstone of the Wichita dining scene located just west of Douglas and Washington. It was our first time there and we were not disappointed.
The Beacon is your typical diner with typical diner food, but they are best known for their breakfast which is served all day everyday. Do note that they are only open till 2 or 3 in the afternoon, so if you get a B&G (biscuits and gravy) craving at 10pm on a Tuesday night you will have to look elsewhere unfortunately. As you walk into The Beacon you are met with a whiff of air that is still trying to adjust to Kansas’ new smoking ban. Thank the Lord they finally passed this ban. It makes people with The Asthma, like myself, much more inclined to frequent establishments that were once smoke-filled dens of cancer. Anyway they still have the always trendy ceiling fan air filter combo which now just helps to soak up the sweet smell of hot cakes in the morning. The walls are adorned with nautical and maritime pictures and painting. Apparently some of them are for sale for what seemed to us to be steep prices, but I’m sure if you take one home it doubles as a hashbrown scented air freshener.
On to the main event, which is typically the food, at least on this blog. I had a strong, unrelenting desire for sweet buttery pancakes on this particular morning, which is no different from the other 6 days of the week. Yes I am a total pancake whore. I ordered the regular plain pancakes and a couple of eggs sunnyside-up. I’m not sure if it was the fact that I was rather hungary or that I always make pancakes with reduced fat bisquick that clouded my judgement, but these pancakes were absolutely awesome. They were the perfect combination of sweetness and texture that one looks for in a world-class hot cake. The eggs were also perfectly done. Now I know there are some of you non-believers out there thinking that American breakfast fare is so simple that a drugged mule could produce a good omelette, but that is not true. I would have to say in my rather unprofessional opinion The Beacon dominates The Good Egg and Jimmy’s Egg as far as their pancakes are concerned. It is a simple meal, but sometimes those are the easiest to screw up.
Stephanie ordered a short stack of chocolate chip pancakes. It was half chocolate and half pancake which is exactly the way it should be. I prefer my chocolate chip pancakes plain and was happy to eat them minus the syrup since they are already so sweet. I also ordered a side of hashbrowns to cut into the sweetness. These were cooked perfectly. The outside nice and brown and crisp with the potatoes inside nice and soft. They don’t have much seasoning on them so be prepared to use salt or if you like ketchup.
The other great thing about the Beacon are the prices. We were shocked when we got our total for 5 adults at the end of breakfast. We spent around $40 including the tip. This is a great little place to hit up when you need a break from the chain breakfast places.