The C-Town Scoop: Breakfasts of Champions

By Jackie Kelly

Elm Staff Writer

It’s been a long week, and let’s be honest, when most of us think about the weekend, we just can’t wait for the nightlife. But you don’t have to wait until the sun goes down to have a good time. Start your weekend morning, or any morning for that matter, right with an amazing breakfast. From where you ask? Let’s explore.

First let’s start with what you did the night before. Had a rough night? Ellen’s, next to Bennett’s Gas Station at the corner of Cross and High Street, is where you want to be. Squeeze around a table with all of your friends and order some of the best hangover food ever made. In the mood for eggs, hash browns, pancakes, cream chipped beef, and bacon? Whatever you want, Ellen’s has it. As an added bonus, everything is affordable. You can’t beat good food, and great prices. Not to mention the amazing people you’ll meet there. Don’t wait until senior year to make this a weekend tradition.

If you’re searching for a classier way to cure that hangover, look no further than the Bloody Mary Buffet Bar at the Imperial Hotel on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in downtown on High Street. It is perfect if you’re torn between breakfast and lunch. The food is delicious, but you might want to wait for your parents for this one; the Imperial is a little pricier than the normal college student budget allows.

Another yummy sit-down breakfast can be found at the Lemon Leaf Café. Located in the gray building with the pink lemonade doors located at the corner of Cross and Cannon Streets, it is open Sunday-Wednesday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. for breakfast and lunch, and Thursday- Saturday from 7:30 a.m.- 8 p.m. for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you have an appetite for something a little different or worldlier, such as delectable slice of quiche, then this is where you want to be. There is normally a bit of a wait, but believe me, it is well worth it. It’s been said that they have the best (and probably the only) Flannel cakes in C-town. It is also conveniently tucked right in amongst many of the shops downtown.

Craving baked goods? Look no further then Against the Grain. On your walk down to the Chester River stop by this yummy bakery on High Street for the perfect treat. Standing out amongst their many heavenly options are their croissants, which can be filled with chocolate, almonds, etc., and are a great way to satisfy that sweet tooth.

But if your wallet contains nothing more than your student ID and a few George Washingtons or you just don’t have the time to sit down for a meal, you don’t have to feel left out of the breakfast loop. There are plenty of places in C-town to get a great breakfast that is inexpensive and available on the go. Royal Farms offers breakfast sandwiches 24 hours a day at two separate locations along Rt. 213. There is also a charming Dunkin’ Donuts on High Street downtown with all of the reliable DD products to keep you running.

You may have noticed while you were buying your liquor last night that there is a Subway next to Lewes, and they too have a fabulous array of healthy breakfast options. This is a great choice, seeing as all of your calories for the upcoming week have been consumed the night before in liquid form.  If you’re feeling so lazy that you can’t even fathom getting out of your car, there is always the classic McDonald’s drive-thru.

However, if you’re feeling bold enough to travel beyond the walls of C-town, then gas up your car, turn up your radio, and head to one of the surrounding towns. Located a mere 30 miles outside of C-town in Middletown, Del. there is a Wafflehouse, endeared for its fattening breakfasts and flattering fluorescent lights.  Or head in the opposite direction to Easton for the Grand Slam, only available at Denny’s. The best part? They’re open late, giving you the option of breakfast day or night.

Don’t just take my word for it. Eat your way through the town. Who knows? You might stumble upon another great breakfast spot just waiting to be discovered!

Not a breakfast person? Pick up the Elm next week to see the other great things Chestertown has to offer.


This article is written in memory of The Village Bakery. I will forever miss your frozen hot chocolate, array of homemade donuts, and all of the other amazing food and drink you offered during your time here in Chestertown. You had a good run. You will be dearly missed. RIP.


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