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Let’s celebrate by looking back at the hits

Extra Crispy Staff
June 01, 2017

One year ago today, the servers at Time Inc.’s Brooklyn office lit up. They grumbled for a while, and then released a thick cloud of smoke. The smoke smelled like maple syrup, and people as far away as the Waffle House in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, could smell the syrup smell. It made them hungry for more waffles. They figured it was just New York being New York again. But no. This time, it was the birth of a special new website. A website all about breakfast. Extra Crispy launched on June 1, 2016, and like Crunch Berries and Jimmy Dean Pancakes and Sausage on a Stick, it was a true American original. As a new kid on the food-internet block, it was met with Wait, what? and How? But its smart, eclectic mix of features and videos quickly converted skeptics into adoring fans—even people who don't eat or care about breakfast.

In its first year, Extra Crispy famously searched for and hired a bacon critic. Scott Gold impressed us with his thorough research and bacon-tasting skills, and he recently ended his tenure with a monster of a feature on the best bacon in the country. We stacked pancakes on Facebook Live. We coined Troll Toast. For whatever reason, we did this. And this. We made some of our favorite chefs do weird stuff on camera, like this and this. Oh, and we’re throwing our second annual BreakFestival in Brooklyn on June 10, and you should definitely come. 

Since Day 1, Extra Crispy has published hundreds of stories and videos. It’s difficult to say what our favorites are. We love all of our babies equally! Some editors are 3-in-1 fanatics, while others are more into diner slang or coffee shops. But since we’ve been alive for exactly one year, it's only right and proper to look back into the archives and give the people want they want: the hits. You should always play the hits. Here, in no order, is a hit parade of sorts from Extra Crispy’s first year. 

 

 

WTF Is a Crumpet? by Alex Tepper

Fried Rice Is the Breakfast of the Gods by Jeff Gordinier

PHOTO BY LOVEISCHIANGRAI VIA GETTY IMAGES

Slogging Along the LA Wellness Breakfast Trail by Jamie Feldmar

illustration by lauren kolm

The Time I Thought I Invented Smoothies by Chris Offutt 

PHOTO BY MELISSA GINSBURG

Why Breakfast Sucks in Washington, D.C. by Jennifer Steinhauer

PHOTO BY SHAWN THEW - POOL VIA GETTY IMAGES

51 of the Best Doughnut Shops in America by Various Contributors

Illustration by Lauren kolm

The City Where Barbacoa Comes From by Michael Snyder 

photo by michael snyder

Mitski Loves Tea More Than You Do by Alex Tepper and Lauren Kolm

Brunch Drink Order of Operations Is Math You Really Need by Margaret Eby

IMAGE BY TIM GRAHAM VIA GETTY IMAGES

6 Tips for Making Crispy Potatoes Every Time by Allison Robicelli

PHOTO BY POPPYB VIA GETTY IMAGES

The Vegan Chain That Might Be a Cult by Morgan Childs

illustration by lauren kolm

Pop-Tarts Are Flammable, So We Set Some on Fire by Shelby Pope

photo by shelby pope

Instant Pot Lemons Are Basically Candy by Kat Kinsman

PHOTO BY YAGI STUDIO VIA GETTY IMAGES

Hippie Breakfast Is the Ultimate Comfort Food by Judy Berman 

illustration by lauren kolm

Unicorn Is Not a Flavor by Meredith Turits

IMAGE BY SARAYUTH3390 VIA GETTY IMAGES

What’s the Difference Between a Welsh and an English Breakfast? by Maxine Builder

photo by maxine builder

The Orange Juice Boycott That Changed America by John Birdsall

illustration by lauren kolm

Greasing the Wheels of Egypt's Underground Bacon Trade by Adam Koppeser

illustration by lauren kolm

The Case for Taylor Ham, New Jersey’s Beloved Mystery Meat by Jim Behrle

photo by david williams

Brooklyn's Avocado Bar Ran Out of Avocados in Three Hours by Kate Welsh

Photo by Alex Tepper

Why Livermush Matters to North Carolina by Sheri Castle

photo by kat kinsman

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