It is oft said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why then doesn’t it command more attention and respect in the culinary world?
There are television shows about cupcakes, grilled meats, odd and esoteric ingredients, candy and sandwiches, but breakfast is relegated to an occasional guest spot on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” and “Top Chef’s” egg challenge.
Fortunately for Grand Strand residents, the folks at Croissants Bistro & Bakery in Myrtle Beach regard breakfast as yet another opportunity to do what they have been doing for years – delighting, and occasionally challenging, local palates. More to the point, they make breakfast something worth getting out of bed for – no cold cereal or watery coffee and nothing instant.
The experience starts with a stroll past their pastries: Expect to feel a child’s giddy delight. The offerings range from the simple to the Seussical. If you are a dessert for breakfast person, consider the luscious carrot cake and you’re sure to have had at least two vegetable servings.
As for their coffee, bravo! So particular am I about my morning brew, that, more often than not, I will have my coffee at home before going to breakfast. Croissant’s drip is so tasty that I have never even been tempted by their seductive espresso offerings.
That is a restraint that abandons me when it comes to their menu. I have three faves!
Their eggs to order (perfectly over easy every time with crisp bacon and creamy grits), the eggs Benedict (made even more decadent with a croissant in lieu of an English muffin) and be still my taste buds, the Lowcountry shrimp and grits with fried green tomatoes and black barbecue sauce. Were I to be offered a last meal this would be a contender; it is so sublime that it is still amazing sans shrimp – a tip for vegetarians that I learned from Dawn Yager, another Croissants devotee.
What’s that you say? You don’t have time for this kind of breakfast?
Croissants has just introduced online ordering for pick-up or delivery ($50 minimum). I found the system easy to navigate, my order was ready at the requested time and presentation was well executed.
I would like more information about how secure the site is, since they ask you to register with a credit card, or an option to order as a guest. Also, the additional charge for lettuce and tomato on a $10 turkey sandwich, albeit with a side, should be rethought.
Those quibbles aside, Croissants is absolutely one of my top favorite breakfast spots, local and otherwise, and I appreciate online ordering as a way to expedite things on both ends of the transaction.