Breakfast Items You Can Order At Perkins Ranked Worst To Best

The very first Perkins eatery opened its doors in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1958, and at the time it was a primarily focused on pancakes and waffles. Nowadays, the restaurant chain operates much differently. It has roughly 300 company-owned and franchised locations located in 32 states as well as two Canadian provinces, and the menu looks vastly different from decades ago when the Perkins endeavor began. Guests can now enjoy a slew of breakfast options served all day long, an array of burgers, sandwiches, and entrees, plus an assortment of soups and salad. There's even a bakery that makes a wide variety of pies and other treats.

Now, even though you can show up at a Perkins for any meal of the day, many of the customers show up for the breakfast options. Everyone needs a little perking up in the wee hours of the morning, so why not venture to a place that has the word perk in its name? With such a plethora of breakfast options to choose from, it can be tough to figure out where to direct your attention. So we've compiled a list of the items that'll give you a morning spring in your step and the ones that might just leave you dragging your feet for the rest of the day. These are Perkins breakfast items ranked worst to best.

20. Scratch-Made Belgian Waffle Platter

A stack of pancakes, waffles, or French toast just wouldn't be the same without the wonderful combination of syrup and butter slathered on top. However, one thing that sets waffles apart from their breakfast brethren is their unique texture. They have little square indents pressed into the top, which are basically syrup and butter traps. The sweet and rich toppings nestle into those little crevices to ensure every bite has the full trifecta of flavors. This structural design might tempt you into ordering the Scratch-Made Belgian Waffle Platter at Perkins, but we strongly suggest you ignore the temptation.

The look of the Belgian waffle is terrific. It's super thick and the circumference is almost the size of a dinner plate. Plus, it's littered with those awesome topping pockets to trap flavor. However, the consistency of the waffle will seriously let your appetite down. While the center of the waffle is soft and warm, the batter that surrounds the middle is overcooked and tough to chew. Even a hefty amount of syrup and butter can't salvage the discouraging texture. You do get two eggs and bacon with the waffle, but that's the only plus.

19. Top Sirloin Steak and Eggs

You might not think of steak as something you include alongside other breakfast foods, but steak and eggs is a classic breakfast dish served all over. The combination of the light eggs and rich steak works well together, and it offers a powerful protein punch to start the day. At Perkins, you can order up the Top Sirloin Steak and Eggs if your inner carnivore is calling out to you. However, this is one call you should let go straight to voicemail.

The dish comes with a 6-ounce grilled top sirloin steak topped with garlic butter, eggs any style, your choice of either hash browns or breakfast potatoes, and then the option of three pancakes, a muffin, or buttered toast. Obviously the steak is the star of the show here, and that's the issue. No matter what temperature your steak is cooked, you literally have to rip it apart with your teeth. The meat is overly chewy and bland, so shelve that carnivorous urge when it comes to this dish.

18. Country Sausage Biscuit Breakfast

Biscuits are one of those carb-filled breakfast items that pair so well with just about anything. They're buttery and flaky and make for great breakfast sandwiches. If biscuits are your thing, Perkins offers the Country Sausage Biscuit Breakfast option. But, sadly, this dish just doesn't do biscuits justice for more reasons than one.

This breakfast platter includes two sausage biscuit sandwiches dressed in cream gravy and American cheese. It's served with two eggs any style, two strips of applewood smoked bacon, and your choice of either hash browns or breakfast potatoes. You do get a lot of bang for your buck here, but the bang is slightly disappointing. The texture of the biscuits are far from flaky, and instead feel a little dried out. The cream gravy is rather bland and it cools off quickly, which gives it a gummy consistency. These biscuit sandwiches will likely nothing more than leave you dissatisfied you ordered them.

17. Southern Fried Chicken Biscuit Breakfast

We have to give thanks to soul food and its culinary tradition for allowing the greatness of fried chicken to creep into breakfast. Waking up craving fried chicken might sound strange, but a hearty dish like the super popular chicken and waffles is sure to kick your day off properly. And while Perkins doesn't specifically offer chicken and waffles, they do have fried chicken in the form of their Southern Fried Chicken Biscuit Breakfast.

The dish comes with two chicken and American cheese biscuit sandwiches slathered in cream gravy, two eggs any style, two strips of bacon, and your choice of potatoes. The biggest problem here, as with the sausage biscuit meal, is the consistency of the biscuits. The chicken is fried nicely and holds a decent amount of moisture, but the bone-dry biscuits and bland gravy override the positive qualities of the chicken. This dish would fare much better if only the chicken was included and it ditched the biscuits and gravy.

16. Blueberry Buttermilk Pancake Platter

A stack of golden pancakes is a beautiful sight to behold. They stand looming tall with their fluffy smoothness, dripping with sweet syrup and pats of melting butter. How can you improve something so immaculate? Well, there's a way. You toss some blueberries into the batter before grilling up those discs of doughy delight for a miniature eruption of fruity flavor. Perkins makes an attempt at this leveling up with the Blueberry Buttermilk Pancake Platter, but alas, they don't quite make it across the finish line.

The three blueberry pancakes that come with the dish are accompanied by two eggs any style and two strips of bacon. The pancakes are fluffy, thick, and well made. It's the skimpy amount of blueberries, however, that lets you down hard. You want every bite to offer an explosion of sweet blueberry flavor, but unfortunately only a few forkfuls actually achieve that sensation. The few blueberries that are present are unevenly distributed throughout the flapjacks. Avoid this option if you're craving worthwhile blueberry pancakes.

15. Fabulous Five

Every morning you make a mental decision regarding how you want your day to unfold. So why not decide to start it in the most fabulous way possible? That means starting with a fabulous breakfast to get that brain churning and kick those energy levels into high gear. At Perkins, there's only one breakfast dish that literally screams fabulous from right off the menu — the Fabulous Five.

This menu option comes with, you guessed it, five items. You get one egg prepared however you like, two strips of applewood smoked bacon, and a choice of two buttermilk pancakes or two slices of buttered toast. Obviously if you want the most bang for your buck here you're going to opt for the pancakes over the toast. Not only are they more filling, but pancakes are so much more satisfying flavor-wise. The fact that there's only one egg is kind of a bummer; you're left wanting at least one more for a bit more protein in the meal. Overall, this breakfast is okay, but you might be left yearning for more afterwards.

14. The Everything Skillet

So you're sitting down at Perkins, staring intently at the menu, and your eyes suddenly lock in on the selection of skillets offered. You can't figure out exactly which one looks the most appealing, but you know you want a bunch of different ingredients. So you decide to go with the Everything Skillet, assuming, since it has the word everything in its name, you'll be getting a flavor-loaded dish. However, it might be best to pump the brakes on that thought process.

Now, it's not that this particular skillet doesn't come with a slew of ingredients, because it does. It has grilled ham and a whole bunch of veggies, including mushrooms, green peppers, tomatoes, onions. That all gets topped with shredded American cheese and two eggs any style, and it's all served over a crispy base of smashed tater tots. While all these flavors should come together for one heck of a breakfast skillet, the truth is the whole thing is rather bland. It's almost as if nothing is seasoned before the dish is assembled, so you get a lot of varying textures but without any of the different flavors. The stand out ingredient is the ham thanks to the saltiness. And it's perhaps worth noting that this skillet is a lot more enjoyable when you add your own salt and pepper. 

13. Buttermilk Pancake Shortstack

Slapjacks. Hot cakes. Flapjacks. Pancakes. Whichever term you prefer to use, you're always referring to those warm and fluffy discs of grilled batter that come stacked on top of each other with a dollop of butter along with a (hopefully heavy-handed) drizzle of syrup. Pancakes are a staple breakfast food, so naturally Perkins offers up the Buttermilk Pancake Shortstack. You get three made-from-scratch buttermilk pancakes served with the only two topping those doughy discs ever need — butter and syrup.

This dish doesn't come with any sides, but you can order some if you so desire. The buttermilk pancakes are super light and fluffy, and they have a lovely golden brown color, which tells you the griddle cook knew what they were doing. Pair each pancake with a layer of melted butter that seeps into the dough for a great salty flavor to accompany the sweet richness of the syrup you pour on top. Simple, yet so delicious.

12. Twice & Nice Combo

You have a choice when it comes to breakfast. You can either make things overly complicated with a ton of different ingredients, or you can stick to just a few staples and keep things simple but still delicious. That's what the Twice & Nice Combo at Perkins is all about. Just a few basic breakfast mainstays come into play here for an uncomplicated start to the morning you'll certainly enjoy.

The foods you get when ordering this dish include two eggs, hash browns, and three pancakes. You can get your two eggs prepared however you want, which gives you a lot of options. The hash browns are perfectly crispy with just the right amount of salt, and they never feel too greasy, which can so often be a problem. The pancakes are light and fluffy, and with the addition of butter and syrup they're a sweet treat after the eggs and hash browns. The flavors and textures work in unison to create a simple but gratifying morning meal.

11. Potato Pancake Platter

If you celebrate Hanukkah or have ever been to a Hanukkah celebration, there's a good chance you've seen, or even eaten, the golden potato pancakes known as latkes. If you've never heard of potato pancakes, they're exactly what you think. Press grated potatoes into pancake shapes, grill them until golden brown on both sides, and viola! Perkins offers a Potato Pancake Platter, so you don't have to wait for the Jewish holidays to roll around to get your hands on some. 

The pancakes in this platter aren't served with your typical syrup topping. Syrup and potatoes are two things that just shouldn't mingle with each other. However, you do get a dollop of butter and a cup of applesauce. While applesauce may sound like it's not much stranger than syrup, since both ingredients are sweet, it actually works quite well with the flavor and consistency of the thinly grilled potatoes. It's nowhere near as rich or dense as syrup. Plus, applesauce is a traditional condiment to serve with this Jewish-inspired treat. 

10. Magnificent Seven

Film buffs know "The Magnificent Seven" as the famous 1960 western film about a group of gunslingers hired to protect a small Mexican village from attackers. Perkins enthusiasts know the name from one of the menu items, identically called the Magnificent Seven. One could even make the comparison between the two that the seven ingredients in the restaurant's breakfast dish are hired to stave off an oncoming attack of hunger. And, if and when hunger does strike, this dish does a decent job of warding it off.

The seven defenders of disruptive stomach growling in this dish are three buttermilk pancakes, two eggs any style, and two strips of applewood smoked bacon. The buttermilk pancakes give the dish a wonderful fluffy texture that pairs really well with the crispness of the bacon. The light flavor of the eggs balances out the saltiness of the bacon, and the sweetness from the pancakes' syrup also compliments the salty bacon really well. It's a decent amount of delicious breakfast food and it gets the job done. 

9. Hearty Man's Combo

For many people, it's impossible to truly conquer the day without kicking off the morning with a meal that gives them the mental and physical energy to tackle whatever tasks lie ahead. Some of us prefer a nutrient-packed smoothie, while others opt for a quick grab-and-go breakfast bar. But when a smoothie or bar won't do your appetite justice, you have to look for something rich and hearty to ensure you stay satiated for quite some time afterward. This is where the Hearty Man's Combo at Perkins comes into play.

This dish is certainly worthy of including the word hearty in its name. It comes with two eggs any style, two sausage links as well as smoked sausage, two strips of applewood smoked bacon, either hash browns or breakfast potatoes, and a choice of three buttermilk pancakes, a muffin, or buttered toast. The amount of meat here can get intense, so keep that in mind. It's a ton of food that's meant to accommodate the hungriest of appetites, so if you're not totally famished, make sure you have a friend to help you tackle this spread.

8. Big Country Sunrise Skillet

If you're a massive fan of breakfast meat (and why wouldn't you be?), then you have no problem tossing as many different proteins into your morning meal as possible. Forget one kind of savory ingredient, throw in as many as your stomach can handle and get wild with your morning routine. Or just head to Perkins and order the Big Country Sunrise Skillet. Perkins definitely doesn't hold back when it comes to tempting the carnivore inside us all.

The skillet comes with the usual base of smashed tater tots. Then it's loaded up with pork sausage, applewood smoked bacon, and smoked ham, topped with shredded American cheese and two eggs, and finally smothered in cream gravy. All of the meats are super savory, so get ready for a heavy, but tasty, dish. The eggs add a lighter flavor to everything, and the cream gravy, although bland, gives every bite a pleasant creamy texture.

7. Granny's Country Omelet

There's nothing quite like a delicious homemade meal made from grandma. So many of us love to bask in the nostalgia of going to our grandparents' house and sitting down for a delicious meal. There is a special kind of love a grandma can put into food that no one else can replicate. Well, if you find yourself at Perkins daydreaming about eating breakfast in grandma's kitchen, you might want to order up Granny's Country Omelet to relive that nostalgia.

The omelet comes stuffed with diced grilled ham, onions, green peppers, shredded American cheese, cheese sauce, and hash browns. Perkins then takes the comfort into overdrive and also piles all those ingredients on top of the omelet as well, so you get nearly double the amount of each one. The omelet itself is light and airy, and the salt from the grilled ham helps bring out the flavor of the other ingredients. Plus, the cheese sauce gives every bite a fantastic warm and rich texture that would make any granny smile wide.

6. French Toast Platter

Toast is one of those ingredients that usually goes hand in hand with breakfast. A little buttered toast offers a nice crunch if you're having something soft like eggs, and you can always pile other ingredients onto a slice and make a mini breakfast sandwich. But when it comes time to take toast to a totally new level, you go the French route. Let's be honest, French toast really isn't toast at all, but that's totally okay because it's one of the best breakfast foods out there. And Perkins offers a French Toast Platter that certainly does its job of stretching a satisfied smile across your face.

The platter comes with three pieces of Vienna bread dunked into Perkins' signature batter, grilled, and then dusted in powdered sugar. They sit alongside two eggs and two strips of bacon to round out the meal. The signature batter used for the Vienna bread is delicious, and each slice is soaked with flavor when it hits the grill. The final result is delicious french toast that is crispy on the outside, while sweet and fluffy on the inside. The addition of the eggs and bacon is also great because you get some protein with the carb-heavy bread.

5. Tremendous Twelve

Balancing flavors and textures is vital when constructing a dish that guests are going to not only enjoy eating while they're there, but order again the next time they visit. But it's not always easy to create a dish that hits all the right notes on your palate. Luckily, Perkins managed to tinker around with their breakfast options enough to put together a morning starter that is super well-balanced. The Tremendous Twelve is a hearty platter of ingredients that are properly mixed and matched for your dining pleasure.

Even though the word tremendous is in this dish's name, the breakfast spread isn't as unmanageable as you might think. You get three eggs your way, four buttermilk pancakes, your choice of four bacon strips or four sausage links, and either crispy hash browns or breakfast potatoes. The real challenge here is the stack of pancakes, which can fill you up quickly. But if you balance out the flavors of everything while you eat, you get a great array of textures and tastes. The bacon is crispy and salty, the eggs are light, and the potatoes in both forms are wonderfully crispy on the outside and soft and warm on the inside. You get a little bit of everything with this substantial meal, which makes it a welcome addition to your belly.

4. Triple Egg Dare Ya

Do you wake up in the morning feeling extra daring? Are you ready to venture out into the world and take on something risky but rewarding? Well, if you find yourself sitting at Perkins with the urge to order something bold, you'd be hard-pressed to find something more so than the Triple Egg Dare Ya. Take on the dare and dive into this breakfast platter. You'll find it's absolutely worth the risk.

A hefty amount of food comes with this entree, so trying to finish it all could certainly be considered a dare. You get three eggs any style, three strips of applewood smoked bacon, three sausage links, and either hash brown or breakfast potatoes. But that's not all. It also comes with two buttermilk pancakes plus two slices of French toast. The eggs are the ingredient that plays the most important role here. After filling up on both pancakes and French toast and then savoring the uber richness of the bacon and sausage, the eggs help ensure neither sensation is too overwhelming with their much lighter consistency. Go ahead and order up this large breakfast spread. We triple egg dare ya.

3. California Avocado Benedict

Ordering up the eggs benedict at a restaurant is a great way to start any morning. The combination of eggs, ham, and an English muffin all doused in a rich Hollandaise sauce is difficult to pass up on. And for those who love to get their benny on, Perkins upped the game, offering customers a California Avocado Benedict. It has most of the wonderful flavors of the original breakfast dish plus a few delightful additions.

Like all classic eggs benedict dishes, the ingredients are piled onto an open-faced English muffin. However, with this version, you get two sunny side up eggs, applewood smoked bacon, pepper jack cheese, oven roasted tomatoes, and slices of fresh avocado, all basted in Hollandaise sauce. This thing puts regular eggs benedict to shame. The bacon is super crispy and wonderfully rich, and it pairs perfectly with the creaminess of the avocado. The cheese adds a light kick of heat as well as a creamy texture, and the tomatoes give each bite a sweet flavor. However, nothing here would be complete without the super buttery and slightly tangy Hollandaise. It pairs perfectly with every other flavor and texture for a mesmerizing bite over and over again.

2. Country Fried Steak and Eggs

There's a reason it's a classic — the combination of steak and eggs works really well. The richness of the steak and the delicateness of the eggs make for a meal that never feels too light or too rich; both flavors balance each other out nicely. And then there's chicken fried steak and eggs, a whole new level of flavor and texture that puts a bold, southern-inspired spin on the staple breakfast dish. You may never go back again after trying the Country Fried Steak and Eggs at Perkins. 

The steak served with the dish is lightly breaded and fried, and it comes with a healthy pouring of country-style cream gravy on top. It's accompanied by two eggs prepared any style, hash browns or breakfast potatoes, and the choice of three pancakes, a muffin, or buttered toast. The breading on the steak is immensely crunchy, and it does a fantastic job of trapping in all the rich juices of the steak, so each bite starts with a great crunch that leads to an eruption of rich meaty flavor. The gravy on top is incredibly creamy, and the combination of the crunchiness, richness, and creaminess is a triple threat of great tastes that envelope your mouth in every bite.

1. Brioche French Toast Platter

When it comes time to whip up a meal of French toast, there's only one bread you should use – brioche. Sure, any bread works, but there's nothing quite like a thick-cut slice of brioche. Not only is the consistency astoundingly light and fluffy, but there's a hint of sweetness infused in it, making it the perfect ingredient to pair with syrup and butter. This is why ordering the Brioche French Toast Platter at Perkins isn't just a suggestion, it's a necessity.

With this dish, you get two super thick slices of brioche bread that are hand-dipped in Perkins' special batter and then grilled to absolute perfection. Once they hit the plate they're dusted with powdered sugar and then served to whatever lucky guest ordered them. Even without syrup or butter, the bread is so sweet and rich and it almost expands in your mouth for an immense burst of splendid texture and flavor. But once you hit those slices with a splash or syrup and a dollop of butter, you fall into a culinary fog that blurs the line between reality and fiction. Leaving Perkins without taking at least a few bites of this dish should be worthy of punishment. It's just that good.