Finding breakfast on a Sunday morning usually isn’t a challenge…unless you need to eat by 7 a.m. so you can get in a yoga workout. Most places in downtown don’t open until 8 or 9 and serve nice brunches, but that unfortunately wasn’t going to work for me. So, I got up, and started wandering around downtown a little bit in the hopes that I could find a cafe or a diner that was open. But after about 10 minutes, I decided to head back to the Renaissance Hotel to the p2B Bistro for breakfast. I figured the Renaissance is a nicer hotel, and the bistro seemed like a place that could have some decent food, so I would give it a shot.
It was obvious when I walked into the restaurant that most people opted for the buffet. Bacon, potatoes, waffles, sausage, and omelettes all looked and smelled delicious, but not a one of them fit with the current phase of my nutrition plan. So instead, I ordered what I’m not discovering to be the default “healthy” option on so many breakfast menus; an egg white omelette with spinach, tomato and feta (hold the bacon). The nice thing about the fact that this seems to be the default option for so many restaurants is that I’m starting to develop a nice comparison set of egg white omelettes. And while this one wasn’t as bad as the one I had at the airport hotel in Atlanta, it still was not anything special. The omelette itself was heavier than you would expect with egg whites, and the tomatoes were virtually non-existent while the feta made an appearance every other bite or so. I topped it off with Tobasco in a desperate attempt to find some flavor, but to not much avail. I ended up walking away disappointed with a heavy feeling in my stomach.
I’m sure that the other breakfast items were delicious, but why is it so difficult to find a healthy breakfast option that actually tastes good? I’ve been a bit surprised at how much trouble I’ve had finding something high-protein, low-carb, low-fat in the mornings when I’m not at home. And I knew I was set myself up for disappointment from the moment I walked in, and needed to do more work to get out to some place that really focuses on breakfast. But I don’t think it should be an unrealistic expectation to find a hotel restaurant capable of serving a decent quality, healthy alternative, especially given the number of people that pass through every week. I will definitely not be going back to the hotel restaurant the rest of the time that I’m here, especially with so many other places in the near vicinity.