Granola Greats, Coast to Coast

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Granola first was invented in the 1860s (not the 1960s) and eaten by health nuts of the day. It was a severe dish made from nothing but double-baked sheets of whole wheat dough that were supposed to be crumbled into a glass of milk and chilled overnight, becoming flavorless nutrition paste. Granola remained a counter-culture icon through the hippie years, when the Wall Street Journal described it as “something a horse might be fond of … about as chewy as leather – and not quite as tasty.” It has come a long way since then, and while some varieties are indeed drab (and others as outrageously sugary-sweet as a candy bar), there are great granolas to be eaten throughout the land. These are the ones that send us into orbit.

 

1

Blue Scorcher Bakery Cafe

A worker collective restaurant with high-minded principles, Blue Scorcher serves wonderful pastries, good Oregon coffee, and a seasonal-local vegetarian menu.

2

Kettle

A classic southern California coffee shop, open round the clock, serving high-quality square meals with especially good breakfast. Kettle muffins are a must!

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3

Cottage

The best sunny southern California cafe, from magnificent granola and homemade pastries to superb fish tacos and so much more. The Cottage is a La Jolla must!

4

Indian Gardens Oak Creek Market

Modern food in a vintage Arizona waystation makes Indian Gardens a best bet for healthful meals, fresh-pressed cider, lattes, and great sourdough bread.

5

Pasqual’s

Pasqual's is Santa Fe's favorite corner eatery, serving bright, modern versions of New Mexico classics. Corned beef hash is some of the best in the West.

6

Queenie’s

Cafe, bakery, tea room: Queenie's is a charming little Tulsa, Oklahoma restaurant with fine pastries, hearty breakfast, and a roster of salads & sandwiches.

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7

Blue Heaven

House motto: "Blue Heaven: you don’t have to die to get there." The outdoor terrace is a magical place for breakfast (or lunch or supper) on Key West.

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Claire’s Corner Copia

A vegetarian treasure in New Haven, Claire's is famous for Lithuanian coffee cake, Mexican meals, and hot soups accompanied by freshly baked bread.