Bare Breakfast

Bareburger’s Flight of Pancakes for the pancake-obsessed eater (Photos by Steve Mosco)

Since its inception in Astoria, Queens, way back in 2009, organic burger joint Bareburger has expanded rapidly across the country and even throughout the world. Now the purveyors of grass-fed goodness are turning the clock back to the morning, with an all-new breakfast menu at its Plainview location.

Tottie Too Hottie is loaded with tater tots and more.

The breakfast menu at Bareburger dips from waffles and pancakes, to plates, bowls and omelettes, to greens, tacos and sandwiches, along with top-notch coffee. Inventive takes on classic breakfast fare abound, with Bareburger’s signature flair for not-so-common meats making its way onto the menu. Just a few of the options include Waffle-Wiches, featuring two waffle sandwiches with wild boar sausage, sunny poached eggs, American cheese and sticky sauce; Eggy Pop tacos with scrambled eggs, smoked brisket, queso fresco, pickled red onions, habanero mayo and salsa verde; and a Ranchero Fundido bowl, with sunny poached eggs, spicy vegan chorizo, queso fundido, avocado, pickled red onion, black bean salsa and corn tortilla chips.

For a first timer, the manager recommended the Tottie Too Hottie bowl, with tater tots, sunny poached egg, queso fundido, black forest bacon, guacamole and spicy pico de gallo; as well as a Flight of Pancakes, which includes stacks of any three of Bareburger’s pancakes.

The Tottie Too Hottie featured a base of crisp tater tots with a blanket of fundido (melted cheese) and crisp, deeply flavored bacon crumbles. Overall, the dish had the perfect amount of subtle morning heat with the pico de gallo kick mellowed nicely by the guacamole. Breaking the yolk and letting it drape over the rest of the dish added a solid offering of fatty unctuousness that all breakfasts need. It could have used another egg, which can be added upon request.

Much like a beer flight gives aficionados a chance to try multiple brews, Bareburger’s Flight of Pancakes is a crucial dish for pancake fanatics who stress over which flavor flapjack to order. The pancake menu includes five varieties: Flaptax, which are classic pancakes; Chocolate Thunder, with chocolate hazelnut spread and whipped cream; Bananarama, with bananas, candied pecans, caramel sauce and whipped cream; You’re My Boy Blue, with fresh blueberries, whipped cream and homemade blueberry syrup; and Coco Loco, with toasted coconut, lemon curd, fresh blueberries and blueberry syrup.

While completely subjective, the Bananarama reigns supreme as the caramel sauce and candied pecans offer a flavor and textural combination to behold. You’re My Boy Blue runs a close second, thanks to mouthfuls of blueberries and the instantly addictive blueberry syrup.

Rounding out the menu is Bareburger’s waffle options, which include both standard waffles and four varieties of Chicken & Waffles. Choose between Buffalo & Blue; Sticky; Wham Bam and the straight-up classic. Sure, Bareburger is known for its burgers, but its crisp and dynamic fried chicken is potent enough to make you think twice before ordering any time of the day.

Bareburger serves breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 399 South Oyster Bay Rd., Plainview

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Steve Mosco
Steve Mosco, the former editor-in-chief at Anton Media Group, is a columnist for Long Island Weekly's food and sports sections. He fancies himself a tastemaker, food influencer and king of all eaters.

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