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Best Breakfast Orange County 2010 - Jägerhaus

Jägerhaus

Jägerhaus

2525 E. Ball Road

Anaheim, CA 92806

714-520-9500

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Whenever we're asked where to eat before a day at Disneyland, we always respond with the Happiest Breakfast On Earth at this old German standby overlooking the 57 freeway. Spätzle, German whole-wheat dumplings, are common as accompaniments to dishes such as sauerbraten, but Jägerhaus puts them inside eggs with excellent ham and calls it a Schwaben omelet. Sausages of several varieties are available, served with eggs any way and potatoes. If sweets are more your speed, try one of the huge fruit pancakes. "Pancakes" is a bit of a misnomer; rather than flapjacks, they resemble wide soufflés studded with apples, raisins, peaches or cherries. Potato pancakes come into their own here—hearty patties served with sour cream and applesauce. Whatever you get, make sure you get toast on the side, so you have an excuse to eat spoonfuls of owner Sandra Schwaiger's superlative plum jam, a cup of which will be placed on your table.

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Parley Baer
Parley Baer

Jägerhaus is a sweet place, but it's well-below average for German restaurants in the U.S. The roast duck is neither Central European crisp-skinned nor French medium rare. It's edible only because duck is so edible. The Wiener Schnitzel is usually overcooked. And breakfast is OK, but those apple pancakes are inexpertly prepared. The dough is bland, lacking sugar as it does, which contrasts unpleasantly with all the sugar around it. The apples are cut much too thick, providing not only the wrong feeling in your mouth but also a piece of fruit that stays very hot for a long time, torturing your pizza palate. And the overall taste is no more than acceptable. You can get much better breakfast, pancakes and otherwise, at, for example, Johnny Rebs', Original Pancake House, I-Swear-to-Gott-I'd-Rather-Go-to-Mimi's, etc.

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