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Breakfast Special

Airs Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 12 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Since 2002, Janette Kaden, one of the founders of the popular Tin Shed restaurant in Portland, Oregon, has been serving wonderful food that has helped revive the neighborhood along Alberta Street. "And we definitely knew that breakfast would be the meal that put us on the map," she said.

As featured in "Breakfast Special," at La Herencia cafe, a little Cuban cafe in St. Augustine, Florida, Manny and Janett Herrero offer savory and sweet breakfast choices.
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Above: As featured in "Breakfast Special," at La Herencia cafe, a little Cuban cafe in St. Augustine, Florida, Manny and Janett Herrero offer savory and sweet breakfast choices.

At Cartwright's Maple Tree Inn, people love the buckwheat pancakes so much that they will wait in a long, cold line just to get in. The Cartwrights tap the trees behind the restaurant and cook up the maple syrup in the basement of this building.
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Above: At Cartwright's Maple Tree Inn, people love the buckwheat pancakes so much that they will wait in a long, cold line just to get in. The Cartwrights tap the trees behind the restaurant and cook up the maple syrup in the basement of this building.

Learn new ways to start the day! "Breakfast Special" is a celebration of going out for a morning meal in America.

Producer Rick Sebak visits interesting and unusual breakfast spots, from a Cuban cafe in downtown St. Augustine to a mid-western eatery in a shopping center outside Columbus, Ohio.

He lets viewers sample pancakes in rural New York state, try "congee" in San Francisco and see what's cooking at the Tin Shed in Portland, Oregon.

The beauty of breakfast is there are so many places where care is taken, where you can live outside a cereal box, where you can start a day with a memorable meal in an interesting spot.

And if you're lucky, like us, you'll strike up a conversation and be part of the breakfast scene yourself. There's more to breakfast than a bowl of cold cereal.

Rick Sebak is on Facebook, and check out Rick's blog.

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Video Excerpt: Breakfast Special

Above: Learn new ways to start the day! "Breakfast Special" is a celebration of going out for a morning meal in America. This clip is a tiny taste of the story from Columbus, Ohio, where blogger Nicholas Dekker led the crew to The Best Breakfast & Sandwiches and to a place called Skillet.

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Breakfast Special: Hot Metal Diner in West Mifflin, Pa.

Above: Hey, you! Wanna taste of HOT METAL DINER? Good food. Saucy waitresses. Lots of attitude. Fun times -- and Hillary! -- all in "Breakfast Special" on PBS.

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Breakfast Special: Square Cafe in Regent Square, Pittsburgh

Above: How about a taste of SQUARE CAFE in the Regent Square Neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA? Cool decor. Groovy people. Obviously great bacon. Be ready for "Breakfast Special" on PBS.