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Week No. 5 • Perkins Restaurant and Bakery

Breakfast for me on Tuesday was pretty light, so I thought: Why not combine a little breakfast with my lunch? And that's exactly what I did at Perkins along Highway 61 in Hastings.

I got all I could handle and more with the Sunrise burger, one of five limited-time-only burger offerings at Perkin's.

It was described like this on the menu: "Enjoy the decadent combination of our luscious hamburger patty topped with a sizzling fried egg, Applewood smoked bacon, golden hash browns, American and Monterey jack cheeses and sour cream, all on a fresh bun. It's the burger for breakfast lovers, 24/7."

You read that right. A fried egg. Hash browns. Bacon. Cheese. More cheese. And sour cream. All piled on top of a patty.

I think it'll end up being breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Four other burgers are featured on the limited-time menu. Here are summaries of the others:

• Four cheeses and a burger: A patty with Pepper jack, American, swiss and cheddar cheeses, mayo, lettuce, tomato and pickles;

• Bleu bayou: chipotle bleu cheese dressing, onion straws, lettuce, tomato and pickles;

• Sassy pepper jack: bacon, pepper jack cheese, ranch dressing, lettuce, tomato and pickles; and

• Tangler: cheddar cheese, bacon, onion straws, bistro sauce, lettuce, tomato and pickles.

You have your choice of fries, a side salad, a cup of soup or fresh fruit for $7.99.

There are four burgers on the regular menu: A bacon supreme burger ($8.49), a regular ol' hamburger ($6.99), a mushroom and swiss burger ($8.79), and a cheeseburger ($7.69).

Don't miss

Kids eat free dinner at Perkins on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Don't drive by without buying a mammoth muffin. Don't forget that breakfast is served all day. And don't forget they're open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Don't like burgers?

In addition to the special burger menu, Perkins is offering a special summer menu with selections like mango-glazed shrimp, tilapia, apricot BBQ pork chops and roasted red pepper chicken pasta.

About Perkins

For many people around Hastings, Geoff Maltby was the face of Perkins here. Well, I'm here to tell you he's not around anymore. Maltby took a job with Perkins as a regional manager in the Tampa/Sarasota area of Florida.

The general manager at Perkins is Erik Kirsch.

The original Perkins was opened by Matt and Ivan Perkins in 1958 as a pancake house in Cincinnati, Ohio. There are now approximately 500 Perkins in locations across the U.S.

What Christina says

Regina Medical Center dietician Christina Gapp looked over Perkins menu and had this to say about healthful options there:

"Perkins is a great family restaurant when it comes to pleasing all palates.

"If you go online, you can find out the nutrition analysis for nearly the entire menu. For example, 3 small pancakes provide 14 grams of fat, 60 grams of carbohydrate (4 carbohydrate choices), and 13 grams of protein. Add a piece of fruit or some milk, and you have a hearty breakfast. You can cut calories by skipping the added margarine or butter and using a sugar-free jelly or syrup, or topping the pancakes with your fruit.

"Tuesdays are excellent choices for dinner, as you can bring kids along to eat for free. Order mashed potato, applesauce, broccoli, corn, salad, or a fresh fruit cup as healthy sides. Kids can join the birthday club and always have an activity to work on at the table while waiting for food.

"Lowfat muffins are a good bet if you are watching your calories. A lowfat muffin has about 8 grams of fat; versus the lemon poppyseed muffin, a favorite of mine, which has an eye-opening 33 grams of fat. Maybe next time you want a favorite with your coffee, you can split it with a friend or family member !"

As always, if you have ideas, comments or suggestions about this piece, please let me know. My phone number is 651-437-6153 and my e-mail address is crichardson@hastings