We wait all year for this breakfast and when our vacation finally arrives, we eat this every single morning.
Actually, I could eat this every single morning of my life. (So could The Husband, as it is his breakfast of choice on vacation too.)
Before the sleep is fully rubbed from our eyes, we're dressed and out the door, walking a block along the docks of the back bay to Uncle Bill's Pancake House, a Jersey shore tradition since 1962. Even with eight locations, it still has the feel of a mom-and-pop establishment.
You know what to expect at Uncle Bill's (it is branding at its best) - the green-aproned and sun-kissed tanned waitresses, the busboys placing the flags in the flowerboxes, the tent card with the waitress's name, and - if kids are in tow, the complimentary post-breakfast individual-sized moist-towelette packet and a lollipop.
And this. Oh, yes, this ... the breakfast that we anticipate 51 out of 52 weeks of the year:
It is the Stuffed French Toast, the first item on Uncle Bill's paper placematted menu. It is the exact same every time we get it - except for the price, which seems to increase a bit each year, but which could cost $100 and still be worth every melt-in-your-mouth bite.
I don't have a recipe but I do know that it is made with homemade sweetened cream cheese and homemade cinnamon butter. Even if I did have a recipe, I know there would be no way to re-create this. And I'm not sure if I'd want to, really.
It is pure perfection (and pure cholesterol, a cardiologist's nightmare) on a plate.
It is tradition.
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