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8 Power Breakfast Spots

August 30, 2013
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/227441
Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, Ca.

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Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, Ca.

Agents, producers, actors and directors from all corners of the Los Angeles basin out-health one another over kale and mushroom egg white omelets, fresh carrot juices, and blueberry yogurt smoothies at this elegant and legendary Pink Palace where power breakfasts have increased 15 percent just in this past year.

The Breakfast Klub, Houston

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The Breakfast Klub, Houston

Not all power breakfasts are health-oriented. Thanks to its convenient midtown location between downtown and the Texas Medical Center, Houston's go-to power breakfast spot offers politicians, oil executives, bankers, CEOs, doctors and lawyers the chance to indulge in katfish & grits, or wings & waffles. "We've seen an uptick in the 7 A.M-9 A.M. weekday breakfast business in the past two years. A lot of people come to meet people they've never met before — a lot are out of towners meeting local business people," says owner Marcus Davis.

The Breslin, New York

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The Breslin, New York

The Ace Hotel's lobby-turned-office brims with Manhattan's mobile set recharging on Stumptown coffee and electricity, but its naugahyde-banked dining room The Breslin, helmed by celebrity chef April Bloomfield, serves up fruit smoothies, full Englishes, and fried PB+Js to a downtown-meets-uptown creative set.

Petrus and Cafe TOO, Shangri La Island, Hong Kong

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Petrus and Cafe TOO, Shangri La Island, Hong Kong

Asian hotels are legendary for their worldly breakfast buffets, but none more so than this bustling hotel buffet plating up everything from fish-flecked congee and lotus paste buns to dense dinklberger bread, flaky croissants and Eggs Benedict, ideal for multinational business meetings. Buffet-wary CEOs can ascend to gilded 57th-floor Petrus, where Victoria Harbor views and eggs (soft scrambled with mascarpone or shirred with truffled goose liver) add an empirical flavor to your morning.

Duck & Waffle, London, England

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Duck & Waffle, London, England

It's a mixed crowd here, with everyone from the city elite to young entrepreneurs and the fashion crowd. Early birds come to impress their out-of-town clients with a view of London's Shard and Gherkin spiked skyline should beeline to the Heron Tower's 40th Floor. The artisan 'Full English' includes Scottish black pudding and trotter-braised beans while the signature Duck 'n' Waffle dish features a crispy leg confit and fried duck egg with a drizzle of tangy mustard maple syrup. 

East Bank Club, Chicago

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East Bank Club, Chicago

Frequented by Oprah and Jennifer Hudson, this Chi-Town's fitness club features a juice bar serving up combos like the Energizer (Carrots, Apples, Beets and Celery) and smoothies like the Chicago Storm (Mango Sorbet, Banana, Coconut, Pineapple Juice, Orange Juice, Fat-Free Vanilla Yogurt). If your morning Pilates or butterfly stroke laps leave you in need of more protein, hit the Grill for a heftier vegetable breakfast burrito or plate of sweet potato and chicken hash. 

Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, D.C.

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Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, D.C.

An array of international newspapers greets the morning politicos at this Georgetown go-to overlooking Rock Creek Park. Here, Jay Z and Beyoncé go unnoticed while senators, lobbyists and policy shifters like Hillary Clinton (who purportedly has a favorite corner table) get all the attention. Signature dishes include the Virginia ham, Gruyère, and egg on toasted brioche, Chesapeake crab and Boursin stuffed egg-white omelets and organic oatmeal with local apple butter. 

Good Day Cafe, Minneapolis

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Good Day Cafe, Minneapolis

The Twin Cities suburb is home to companies like General Mills and Allianz while 17 other Fortune 500 Companies are nearby. "I hit up Good Day Cafe due to its convenient location; it's a great place to see and be seen by current and potential clients," says Alexis Walsko of Lola PR, a 17-year old PR agency. The easygoing eatery is frequented by former Chicago Bulls player and All 4 Kids founder Trent Tucker and Rich Kupchella, CEO of Bring Me The News who come for the famed quiche spiked with roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions, fontina and basil, Kobe corned-beef hash, and apple soufflé pancakes. For lighter fare, try a Dreamsicle smoothie, made with mandarin oranges and vanilla yogurt.