If you are a local and haven't tried the Breakfast Club for breakfast or lunch it's definitely your best choice in Seaside for American classic food. If you are a tourist, skip it. The strip mall location and interior ambiance are not something I'd choose for a special or even regular meal while on a vacation. Much better to vacation brunch and munch at First Awakenings near Cannery Row or one of a dozen quaint and quality restaurants in Carmel or best of all Jeffrey's at mid-Carmel Valley. The food is consistently good but not spectacular. They'd never make the cut on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. The portions are huge, which I'd gladly sacrifice for better quality and less quantity. Unfortunately the Breakfast Club buys into the mythos that bigger is better...eat here regularly and the only thing bigger will be your waistline and rear. This restaurant is a poster child for larger than necessary portions and fattening of America. It won't change but a perfect solution is to share one breakfast platter with your companion. The days of the "clean your plate club" are long gone. The main reason for repeat visits is that the staff is truly exceptionally friendly from the bus persons to the free spirit attired waitresses who make up in enthusiasm what they lack in professionalism. I'll choose a server with a great attitude over one who is more polished in service standards. Family owned and operated with attention to detail and cleanliness. All in all an excellent restaurant for what it is...a mid level family friendly cut above average food in a plain jane location.
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