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  • Actors: Rick Sebak
  • Directors: Rick Sebak
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003SKWR78
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,625 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Breakfast Special-A celebration of great morning meals across America. Oh, bacon and eggs! Corned beef hash! Buckwheat pancakes! This BREAKFAST SPECIAL is a celebration of going out for breakfast! It's French toast in a diner, lobster hash at a grand hotel, and something called "loco moco" on the big island of Hawai'i. It's risotto in Ohio, Scotch eggs in Oregon, congee or "jook" in San Francisco, and breakfast with a Cuban touch in Florida. It's grits and gumbo in Georgia and a place to take your pooch in Portland. This documentary is part travelogue, part food show, and part portrait of America as explained and enjoyed by people who get up early and find good food. Warning: This program may make you hungry and inspire you to go out for breakfast.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Texas Reader on July 15, 2010
Saw broadcast on PBS last night. They traveled to new breakfast restaurants. Last 2 were in Portland -- brand new restaurants, trendy, "hip" serving veggie sausage and rosemary gravy, and a very strange clientele...... not that there's anything wrong with that.

I'm not saying the show is bad... it's just not the nostalgic, Americana feel of Diners, Hot Dogs, Ice Cream, etc..... I hope this is not Mr. Sebak's new direction, I feel I've lost an old friend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 50 REVIEWER on August 14, 2010
This PBS show is similar to others that Pittsburgh native Rick Sebak has produced for WQED and PBS. (Hot Dogs and Sandwiches were two others.). In those he visited places that are local traditions. This time most of the places - not all - were started in the last 10 years. And, except for Portland Oregon, San Francisco and Columbus OH most are in small out of the way places that you probably won't get to in your life.

But the food looks greats and the customers who are interviewed are true fans. Many eat at this places five times a week. Of course many of them look like they do too. Nearly all are places serving high fat, high carb items and HUGE portions. So this is not a "healthy" show. But the art of "plate"-ing is definitely shown.

The DVD version has two bonus features. First there is a short series of "promos" that were aired to advertise the show.

Next is a 13 minute "Making of" featurette in which Sebak tells how they set up the itinerary and shows clips of places which they visited that couldn't fit in the 56-minute PBS time frame. (They are planning to edit into Part 2. Among those places, they visit Philadelphia, Raleigh, NC and two restaurants in HAWAII.

My frustration in watching this DVD was in not being able to get to any of these places and many are one of a kind. Luckily I watched the show after dinner so I didn't need to rush out after watching it to get a five egg omelet (with gravy), bacon, sausage buckwheat pancakes and real maple syrup. (Hungry yet?). Fans of Sebak's shows will enjoy this but don't look for places that have been doing this for years (except for the Maple Inn pancake place in upstate New York (which is only open 9 weeks a year but has been doing it for over 30 years and STILL has long lines).

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 12, 2010
Originally broadcast on public television, Breakfast Special is a delightful documentary on DVD that blends elements of travelogue and food show to offer a portrait of what it's like to enjoy fine early morning cuisine in America. From savory bacon and eggs to buckwheat pancakes to corned beef hash, grits, gumbo, and more, Breakfast Special tours the corners of America to reveal unique touches on classic favorites. Additional features include a making-of video, formerly unseen footage, and promotional spots. A gourmet's viewing delight, highly recommended. 60 minutes, widescreen, English SDH subtitles.
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I've seen this about six times and look forward to another replay or two during the membership drive running in my area.

The businesses featured in this program show different versions of the American dream being played out, and serving a tasty breakfast of comfort food, too. Several of the owner-operators of these unique places are refugees from Corporate America. Others are keeping long-established family traditions alive.

I want to eat at all these places, especially the buckwheat pancakes (New York maple syrup farm) and the spinach and egg dish (Tybee Island).

The newest restaurants in this special (and there were hints of a possible second part) were in the Columbus, Ohio area. The twists and creative versions of traditional foods didn't bother me. Every established dish was once a cook's innovation.

IMO, this program is Americana all the way, well told and inspiring.
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