Eggs Rothko, Egg, Brooklyn
There are a hundred different names for an egg in toast, but we've only ever seen one Eggs Rothko. It's a thick, thick slice of brioche with an egg cooked in the middle, and all of that's covered in a blanket of melty Grafton cheddar. The delicious cheesey oils meet the already buttered bread so that no bit of brioche is untouched; it's got all the merits of a grilled cheese, plus the added bonus of a runny egg. It comes with tomatoes and one side of meat: pictured here is excellent country ham (from Col. Bill Newsom's), though we find the scrapple even better.
Eggs Stanley, Stanley Restaurant, New Orleans
A classic Eggs Benedict topped with two enormous, delicately cornmeal-battered Louisiana oysters. So plump that, when you slide a fork in, delicious briny juices soak into the English muffin, just like the egg yolk. Delicious.
The Garbage Plate at Franks Diner, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Franks is known for its garbage plates, big ol' hashes of potatoes, eggs, green peppers, onions, jalapeños, and choice of meat(s). They're less elegant than your typical omelet, but just as satisfying. A Full Garbage has five eggs, a half has three, and you can get up to three meats in one — or go all vegetarian. Here's the Half Garbage Plate with sausage. Even at half, the thing is filling. Even at half, the thing is delicious.
Grilled English Cheddar Cheese, The Dandelion Pub, Philadelphia
Ideal for bleary-eyed late-risers, it's breakfast and lunch in one, equal parts bacon and eggs and grilled cheese and pickles. When it comes to morning-after eating, it doesn't get much better than this. Paper thin pickles and crisp-chewy bacon are sandwiched with melty Quickes English Cheddar between buttery slices of Pullman. Plop in a runny fried egg that coats everything in yolky goodness and this is the kind of sandwich that will leave any stomach satisfied.
Green Eggs and Ham, Friendly Toast, Portsmouth NH
Cutesy name, but awesome breakfast. Two poached eggs are set atop a thick slice of baked ham on a base of anadama toast, and smothered with a tangy, creamy dill sauce. The cornmeal-molasses anadama, a bread unique to New England, provides a properly hearty base for the salty ham and gently oozing egg yolk.
The Friendly Toast: 121 Congress Street, Portsmouth NH 03801 (map); 603-430-2154