I’m not going to give you the same ol’ spiel about how J and I aren’t really breakfast people. Saturday’s we usually sleep in late, do a little shopping and find a couple new restaurants to for lunch and dinner. This particular Saturday was a little out of the ordinary. J was getting up early to do some volunteer work and I was shooting a hockey game at Munn Arena. It just so worked out that by the time she was getting home, I would be leaving to head to East Lansing, so we got up an hour earlier than she needed to be up and went and found breakfast.
Flap Jack Family Restaurant is a small, local chain of family restaurants in the Lansing area. We picked the store on South Cedar because it was close to our place. It was a dreary day and by a little after 7:00, the parking lot was starting to fill up. Since it was raining, I parked as close as I could, but I mistook some spots by the door for handicap spots, so we parked on the opposite side of the parking lot and ran inside.
Once inside, we were shown to a booth. The layout at Flap Jack is the typical family restaurant style with booths and tables scattered throughout the space. There’s not a whole lot of privacy, but it’s not supposed to be a real intimate setting. When the hostess seated us, she asked if we wanted coffee. J said yes, so she grabbed a couple coffee cups as she was bringing us to the table.
The waitress came over with coffee for J, but I don’t drink coffee, so I ordered an orange juice. I planned on going home and going back to bed, so I didn’t want any caffeine. By the time the waitress came back with my juice, we were ready to order.
The menu is typical breakfast food with not a lot of unique items, but you definitely get your money’s worth with anything you order. J ordered a waffle and the waitress talked her into adding whipped cream and fruit. She didn’t have to twist to hard to talk J into it. J also wanted a side of bacon, so she added that as well. She said the waffle was really good. The bacon was not cooked enough for her, so I ended up eating that. Her meal was filling. After eating at 7:00 AM, she didn’t eat again until almost 6:00 PM after her afternoon nap.
I ordered the Southern Style Ham and Eggs. My breakfast came with two eggs, southern style pit ham, hash browns, and three silver dollar pancakes. I had a ton of food. The waitress brought out the ham and eggs and said they were working on my pancakes. At that point, I felt there was more than enough food. The ham was really good. Really, really good. I don’t know what constitutes southern style pit ham, but it was better than the cold slice of ham I was expecting. I don’t like hash browns, so I traded J my hash browns for her bacon. She liked the crunchy top and ended up eating most of them. The pancakes could have made a pretty good meal on their own. There were cups of butter already on the table and a tray of maple syrup was put on the table for the both of us.
Our bill was $23 which seemed a little high for breakfast. Typically, breakfast is the quick, cheap meal of the day. There’s not a lot of high priced food involved, so I’m not really sure where the price came from, but I can’t complain too much because it held me over until I was able to get my next meal at 11……PM and J said she didn’t get hungry at all until much later in the day. We were only in the restaurant a total of 25 minutes. Things moved quickly. We had given ourselves another 20 minutes I was happy with the speed of getting the order out to us. Flap Jack was good. Maybe a little expensive, but good. I’m really glad we took the time to get up this morning and go to breakfast. We both had long days and it’s pretty unusual for us both to do extracurriculars on weekends, so taking a little bit out of time to start the day with breakfast was a good idea.