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PANCAKE BALLS Are The Ultimate Form Of Pancakes In Bite Size

I love breakfast and everything associated with the meal. When savory items are combined with the sweet components, a perfect meal is born. On a recent food crawl with fellow Foodbeast Reach, we stopped by Grits in Fullerton, CA, to try what the chef proudly refers to as Pancake Balls.

While crude-sounding upon first impression, the pancake balls are so much more than their names suggest.

Chef Cody Storts, the genius behind these balls, prepares the staple three different ways.

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The first are the Maple Bacon Coco Puff Balls, for lovers of chocolate. They’re made with candied bacon, ganache, and topped with maple bacon syrup and Coco Puffs. The candied bacon adds the slightest amount of saltiness to an otherwise sweet-heavy dish. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

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Next there are the Toasty Balls made with a cinnamon pastry cream, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and roasted sweet apples. This dish tasted as if we were eating a plate of freshly baked cinnamon rolls for breakfast, but with less butter.

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Finally, the best of the bunch brunch, were the Thai Pancake Balls. These are made with fried pork cutlets, cilantro, shallots, jalapeño, fish sauce, and maple syrup.

Now before you lose your minds over the thought of combining fish sauce and maple syrup, Grits does it in a way that they pair so perfectly together, it’s a harmonious bite of sweet and savory.

Seriously, guys. We’ve yet to finish a dish and immediately order another box to-go for later in the day.

Reach had this to say:

Top 3 things I’ve eaten this year.

You can find the dishes available at Grits daily. The two sweet pancake balls are $13 and the savory costs $16. We advise eating them fresh. As awesome as they are, like all pancakes, they’ll get soggy once thrown into a box for a period of time.

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5K Race With Biscuit-Themed Obstacles, Because This is America

Gone are the days of a simple competitive race through the park — today’s races seem to be evolving and getting more unique and obscure. Don’t believe me? Let me give you the rundown on an event taking place next weekend, April 21st, dubbed the Greensboro Collegiate Biscuitville Bowl.

Like a traditional race, there will be a starting line and finish line, but that’s where the similarities end. Held in the downtown area of Greensboro, NC, the race is themed after southern style breakfast food. What does that mean?

The Biscuitville Bowl will have runners will be sprinting through downtown Greensboro in search of a Golden Rolling Pin, dashing through downtown streets, scrambling through four biscuit-themed obstacles that will require them to slide, crawl, jump and sprint through flour, jelly, grits and buttermilk — all the makings of a good Southern breakfast.

The race is part of a week-long series of events aimed to bring together the city’s entrepreneurs, seven colleges and universities and their cumulative 50,000 students. That’s nice and dandy, but BISCUIT-THEMED 5K RACE SON!

Here’s a look at the Jelly Belly Crawl and the Grit-Iron Tires:

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Denny’s Reveals a 10-Item “Tour of America” Menu

Earlier today, Denny’s announced their latest notable menu addition since their bacon-themed Baconalia line up back in April of this year. The new menu includes six savory dishes, a dessert option and three state-specific beverages that span influences from Florida, Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest.

The menu is highlighted by a Southern Shrimp & Grits dish and and a Midwestern Meat & Potatoes sandwich that’s filled with grilled prime rib, French fries, melted Swiss and American cheese, mayo and smothered in brown gravy. Hungry yet?

We’ve put together a nice slideshow with all the dishes and information about them all: