Breakfast and Brunch

Breakfast and Brunch

WATCH THIS: The eye-opening First Watch Bacado Omelet.

Morning meals can be eye-openers on several levels. Yes, they start your patrons' days out right, but breakfast also can be a business-boosting proposition. Among this month's recipes, you'll find a world of bright ideas for updating your breakfast and brunch menu.

From First Watch Restaurants in Sarasota, Fla. comes the recipe for a Bacado Omelet, featuring bacon, avocados and Monterey Jack Cheese. Other egg-based ideas include the Huddle House Breakfast Wrap, and the San Antonio Sandwich with Pico Sauce, from John Zehnder of Zehnder's Restaurant in Frankenmuth, Mich.

Potatoes are a good way to start off the day, and several of our recipes show why. Consider Chef Dany Wilser's Potato "Scramble" with Butternut Squash, Pasilla Peppers and Jack Cheese, from Ella's in San Francisco. Other ideas include Halibut with Idaho Potato Crust accompanied by Potato and Smoked Bacon Hash and Poached Egg.

If you're looking for more out-of-the-ordinary inspirations, check out the recipes for Breakfast Polenta Crostini with Ham and Wisconsin Asiago, the Union Square Breakfast Strata, Orange Oatmeal Brulee, Tea Scones, and Maple Sweet Potato Pancakes. These ideas, and more, are featured on the following pages, along with beverages for breakfast menus.