Gazedibles: Daybreak Dishes 

People think the “wake-up-word” started with Apple’s Siri. You can ask Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana or say, “OK, Google” and a virtual assistant is suddenly at the ready. But the technology was available long before the age of smartphones. In fact, it’s embedded within each of our brains. Test it out on a loved one. Say, “It’s time for work” or “Let’s get up and exercise.” … Nothing? Hmm. Now say, “Want to get some breakfast?” Here are some places our intelligent brains suggested.

By Greg Elwell Photos Garett Fisbeck  and Gazette file

Jimmy's Egg at 16 & May Ave.  mh
  • Jimmy's Egg at 16 & May Ave. mh

Jimmy’s Egg

multiple metro locations

3741 NW 39th St.

jimmysegg.com

405-949-5522

Oklahoma Gazette Best of OKC voters know Jimmy’s Egg is the best breakfast in the metro, and with good reason. The Oklahoma City-based eatery has expanded into other states and is ubiquitous here at home. The food is delicious, the prices are reasonable and the service blends affability and efficiency. Jimmy’s Egg serves coffee, omelets and pancakes fast enough that everybody has time for breakfast before work.

Meat lovers sandwich on everything bagel at Old School Bagel Cafe in Moore, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Meat lovers sandwich on everything bagel at Old School Bagel Cafe in Moore, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015.

Old School Bagel Cafe

multiple metro locations

6210 Northwest Expressway

oldschoolbagelcafe.com

405-603-3086

The school might be old, but the bagels at Old School Bagel Cafe are baked fresh daily. Start the day with a sliced and toasted everything bagel smeared with cream cheese. Those hungry for something more substantial should order the Fire Cracker made with chorizo sausage, habanero jack cheese and egg or Meat Lovers Bagel loaded with the sausage, cheddar, egg and ham. If you miss breakfast, don’t worry; the cafe makes great lunches, too.

A crowd through the glass for Parker Cunningham, at District House in the Plaza District, where he performed songs while his mother author Sarah Cunningham did a reading and book signing event, 1-27-15.  mh
  • A crowd through the glass for Parker Cunningham, at District House in the Plaza District, where he performed songs while his mother author Sarah Cunningham did a reading and book signing event, 1-27-15. mh

District House

1755 NW 16th St.

districthouseokc.com

405-633-1775

This coffee shop and art gallery stays open late, hosting live music shows and open mics. Early the next day, the doors are unlocked for Plaza District denizens and guests who need a strong shot of espresso and a slice of peanut butter, honey and banana toast. During the day, it’s also a quiet spot to get some work done or host impromptu business meetings.

Chicken Fried Steak at Good Gravy Diner. sc
  • Chicken Fried Steak at Good Gravy Diner. sc

Good Gravy! Diner

3703 N. Western Ave.

405-525-0799

Before you try to argue otherwise, yes there is such a thing as bad gravy — just not at Good Gravy! Diner. It offers a menu with 40 varieties of gravy available daily (and another three made Saturdays and Sundays only), and there’s not a bad one in the bunch. Cover a plate of biscuits with creamy sausage gravy; a jalapeño, onion and bacon gravy; or Italian sausage gravy.

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Florence’s Restaurant

1437 NE 23rd St.

florencesrestaurant.com

405-427-3663

Florence Jones grew up on a farm in Boley in Okfuskee County, just a little more than an hour’s drive east of her restaurant. Though she serves far more city slickers than farmers, her menu still proudly shows her roots with four massive Big Boley Breakfasts. Two eggs, rice, potatoes and a stack of three pancakes are served with your choice of pork, turkey or beef.

Sarah Lee shows a tray of donuts at Daylight Donuts, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Sarah Lee shows a tray of donuts at Daylight Donuts, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016.

Daylight Donuts on 10th

2816 NW 10th St.

facebook.com/donuts10th

405-945-0644

Somebody is having a lot of fun in the kitchen at Daylight Donuts on 10th Street. The locally owned pastry shop built its reputation with friendly service and delicious doughnuts. It also stands apart from similar eateries with its selection of colorful and whimsical designs. Kids can nibble on their favorite cartoon mouse or animated fish while adults taste banana nut fritters, gorgeous sticky buns and savory breakfast sandwiches.

A tradition breakfast of eggs, bacon, but with tomato slices, along with some biscuits and a blueberry muffin and coffee.  mh
  • A tradition breakfast of eggs, bacon, but with tomato slices, along with some biscuits and a blueberry muffin and coffee. mh

Shartel Cafe

5116 N. Shartel Ave.

shartelcafeokc.com

405-843-0900

Caffeine cowboys should mount up and ride into Shartel Cafe. The friendly little neighborhood diner has a lot going for it, including quick access to nearby shops and Interstate 235. And for those who take their cup of wake-up juice by the liter, one of Shartel Cafe’s biggest draws is its self-serve coffee station featuring Java Dave’s coffee. Order at the counter and fill your cup as many times as necessary before you face the day.

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