Big Bad Breakfast

Review by: Michael Stern

Big Bad Breakfast | What to expect

Chef John Currence’s Big Bad Breakfast has been a shining star of cutting edge diners since it opened in 2012. Currence, who became known for the exquisite Dixie/Creole dinners he serves at his very successful City Grocery restaurant in Oxford, said “I want to give breakfast the same consideration we give lunch or dinner.”

What to eat at Big Bad Breakfast

Biscuits with jelly, French Toast or Shrimp and Grits

To that end, he serves outstanding cathead biscuits with house-made jellies or as the exoskeleton of a lasciviously rich breakfast sandwich. French toast is spiked with brandy and served with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Shrimp and grits outdo their Lowcountry inspiration.  We like to get a few of their great dishes and split them among us so we can get a little taste of everything.

Chili dog

What food lover can resist a place that proudly announces it cooks omelets in a blend of butter and bacon fat? Big Bad Breakfast is the place to come if you drank too much the night before. Here you can order what the menu boasts is “a hangover’s worst enemy”. This is a chili dog with slaw, cheddar cheese, pickles, onions, and jalapeno peppers all atop a waffle. Seriously large appetites will want to plow into one of the restaurant’s breakfast skillets — kitchen sink affairs served in cast iron pans.

Lean dishes for those that need a lighter meal

For those who don’t want a meal with oink, the menu has a selection of “Big Bad Lean” dishes: egg whites, granola, bruleed grapefruit, and Anson Mills oatmeal.  These lighter meals are just as good, but they will not leave you feeling weighed down.

Burgers or an Elvis sandwich

Lunch includes artisan burgers, BLTs made with Tabasco aioli. It also includes an Elvis sandwich of peanut butter, bananas, and bacon on white or whole wheat, griddle-fried.  This gives you the savory and sweet thing that everyone needs a little more of.


To drink, choose from among good coffee, freshly squeezed juices, and milk shakes. You can also choose from a roster of alcoholic “big bad libations.”

House motto: “Lard Have Mercy.”

Note: There are more locations.  Please check their website.

What To Eat

BBB Skillet

Red Eye Gravy

Macaroni & Cheese


Yard Work


Big Bad Breakfast Recipes


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