4. Bison Sausage From Break Of Dawn
Who's free for breakfast?
Anne Marie Panoringan
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We had to check our archives to make sure this particular dish wasn't written up yet, since our fellow Weeklings have given accolades to a good portion of Dee Nguyen's Laguna Hills menu already. But can you blame them?
Being closed for three and-a-half months was a lesson in missing something once it's gone. We weren't particularly craving the comfort meals of Break of Dawn until it was no longer available. Then we couldn't wait for it to open again.
Over the years, his menu has changed and evolved. We would split a couple of dishes with a friend each time, slowly maneuvering our way around the selections. Their Hawaiian sausage and rice was a favorite (except when we craved tempura fried eggs). And while sweets aren't a common occurrence, it's always difficult to turn down French toast creme brulee.
The day they reopened, we joined a group bright and early to share a meal. Sunday is not exactly a funday at 8 a.m., but we made the best of it. At our end of the dining room, three of us shared four dishes. Yet it was one specific plate that woke our senses.
You may think that a plate of rice and sausage is nothing to get excited about. Au contraire, my friend. Like all perfect plates, it was the balance, the sum of its parts that pushed this meal towards the top of our list. Sticky onyx rice was a stark contrast to the Calrose variety we're used to washing. A confit of lemon and garlic was prepared with spinach and sun-dried tomato. However, all we could focus on was how delightful the bison would taste-- and it delivered. We don't expect to win you over with a description and photo, so hurry up and order it already!
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