Of course I did not visit every restaurant in Chico to decide this was the best in town, but I did ask two instructors at my meeting about places to eat breakfast in Chico. The both named two, and I went to both. They were both above average, but Morning Thunder wins out by a nose.
The food was exquisite. I had something I believe was called a California Omelet. The taste of course was far above average, but it was the exceptional preparation that set this meal apart from the norm. The omelet contained cream cheese and sprouts, both of which can be problematic in a dish. But not at Morning Thunder. The omelet was able to be cut with a fork without spilling sprouts out the sides of the meal onto the plate. The cream cheese was expertly engineered (best term I can come up with) to provide taste and pliability without a mess. I was impressed with the way the meal just worked.
And then there was the coffee. It had a coffee shop flavor and a restaurant (not coffee shop) price. There was even a choice of type: regular or French. I chose the French roast and I was not disappointed. It was the darker, more flavorful choice.
Even the bread here was extraordinary. Not simple toast, but it was either a garlic bread or it had a garlic butter spread on top.
The servers seemed exceptionally well-trained. They even had a dedicated beverage refresher that roamed the restaurant refilling drinks.
This place went way beyond the norm in every aspect of the meal. The only very slight downer was the ambience. It was chrome and plastic, very reminiscent of the 50's style found along Route 66. It is not a warm and fuzzy feeling, but due to the friendliness of the servers, it was not unpleasant either.
If my travels bring me back to Chico, I will definitely come back to Morning Thunder.
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