The next morning, we arose from our dutiful slumbers and ventured out towards an aggressive breakfast. Ironically, BabyStacks Cafe was also suggested by the same local who suggested Carson Kitchen. It was equally amazing (albeit differently) and was yet another magical food oasis off the strip.
My wife chose the house specialty, the Lolo Rick’s Adobo Fried Rice. Described as the “locals’ favorite” and “a traditional Filipino fish”, this omelette was stuffed with marinated shredded chicken and fried rice and topped with green onions. To me, it was like a Mad Mex burrito with better tasting chicken and rice. The shredded chicken was spiced beautifully and stood up to the heavy egg (and was there ever a lot of it to stand up to). She ended up having a quarter plate of eggs left when all was said and done. It was delicious, but it was a LOT.
Never one to see a food challenge and back away like a normal person, I went with the Chili Skillet. Hawaiian-style chili, with white onions, topped with shredded cheddar and monterey jack cheeses, and two over medium eggs, all over crispy, skillet-fried potatoes. The chili wasn’t tomato-based and I really enjoyed the crumbled sausage, spicy kick of the raw white onion, and the beautiful crunch of the tiny cubed potatoes throughout. It was like a decadent bowl of chili cheese fries. They weren’t shy with the spice and I found myself grateful for the upgrades to the “standard” buttermilk pancakes that my wife and I made.
Of course we opted to go big (as we were on vacation and couldn’t go home just yet). My wife went with the Hazelnut pancakes, literal hazelnut pancake batter drizzled with fudgey Nutella, hazelnuts, and homemade whipped cream with more hazelnuts. It didn’t come with syrup and for that I am thankful. It was like eating Nutella Cake, with whipped cream, for breakfast, and it was amazing. I went with the more sensible, but equally insane (nutty?) White Chocolate Macadamia Nut pancakes. Within my buttermilk battered pancakes were melty, creamy white chocolate chips, and crunchy, buttery macadamia nut pieces. Atop my buttermilk pancakes with white chocolate chips and macadamia nut pieces were MORE white chocolate chips and macadamia nut pieces. It came with syrup.
I’d like to say we were never hungry again, but you know me well enough by now to know that wasn’t true. We were however, absolutely satiated, comforted body and soul, as we treated ourselves to a wonderfully rustic, home-style breakfast.