Best Western Inn - Mishawaka, IN
I know, this is supposed to be a blog about food, so what are we doing listing a hotel?
Because - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and the Continental Breakfast at Best Western Inn in Mishawaka, Indiana deserves to be talked about.
We travel a lot. We stay in a lot of hotels (because we're Princesses and love our AC, hot showers, and fluffly beds). And more often than not, we try to book hotels that have breakfast included. It saves us time and money in the long run.
But let's be honest, there are a LOT of mediocre continental breakfasts out there. Whether there's not a lot of options or it's missing something important (like sausage!), or it just doesn't taste super exciting, they're not really anything to write home about.
But friends, THIS one is an exception!
We didn't snag pictures of everything on the buffet, but here's what I (Jenn) had for breakfast, and it's totally worth talking about. Well ... mostly ...
Ok, before you chastise me for a lack of fruits and healthy stuff, understand that I was weak and totally went for the good stuff (except for a waffle, because I was too full afterwards). But overall, this food was impressively delicious.
Let's start with the Sticks:
These were pretty darn tasty, although two of them were crunchier than I would have liked, but not so badly that it ruined them. I felt like I was five again (I loved french toast growing up), and there's something satisfying about dipping foods in things. The syrup was pretty standard, and although I opted for maple, there was also an option for honey.
I made this. I am very proud.
While I realize that toastables are pretty standard for most CB's, a good CB makes something like this possible. I went with an english muffin, cream cheese, sausage patty, and half-folded egg round. The sausage was really darn good, not too spicy and certainly not bland. The muffin, was pretty standard too, so overall good. but what made it amazing was the egg.
I have to admit, I was skeptical when I saw it. Eggs with things in them usually are a disappointment at best, but not this time. There were little bits of green pepper, ham, bacon, and cheese in each of these omletty masterpieces, and they were so good I ate the other half BY ITSELF! No salt. No ketchup. As is. And it was delectable!
Did I mention they had chocolate milk?
But alas, something had to be less than stellar, and I was so sad to find it to be the biscuits and gravy.
I usually love this stuff. And while I might not care for it being overly peppery or even bland, I'll usually still eat Biscuits and Gravy because it's one of my favorite breakfast foods. Therefore, it pains me greatly to say that this one went unfinished.
The biscuit was hard - but I realized this putting it on the plate. No worries, I thought, the Gravy will soften it up.
This was not true.
By the time everything else was finished, the gravy had barely made a dent in the solid rock that was that biscuit. But I can handle crunchy biscuits ...
.. what I cannot handle is gravy that, hand to god, tastes like bologna.
I don't know how that was even managed, but I was so sad. I tried different bites, and each one confirmed the original assessment - that gravy belonged, solidified, on a sandwich with lettuce and a smear of ketchup.
All of this said though, despite the disappointment of the Biscuits and Gravy, the continental breakfast was pretty darn good overall. I'll definitely eat there again (we like to book this hotel for shows in the area), and give it a solid 3.5 out of 5.