Illinois B&Bs cook up best breakfasts in national contest

Chestnut Street Inn's Elvis Toast with Candied Bacon.

Chestnut Street Inn’s Elvis Toast with Candied Bacon.

Chicago Tribune

It was a savory-versus-sweet smackdown, but in the end, the latter prevailed in a national contest to find the country’s best B&B breakfast.

The Elvis Toast with Candied Bacon by Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield, Ill., snagged the No. 1 spot for 2017 in’s annual tournament.

“It’s literally the ‘King of Breakfasts,’” innkeeper Monika Sudakov said in a news release announcing the results.

“We used to live in Las Vegas, and of course, Elvis was King of the Strip, so we thought we’d play on his favorite food: a peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich,” added Sudakov, whose four-room property is about halfway between Chicago and the Quad Cities. Nightly rates start around $119, and cooking classes and dinners are available;


The let’s-not-even-ask-how-many-calories-are-in-it dish turned out to be the top vote-getter among the 16 finalists duking it out on the Facebook page of, billed as the largest B&B travel site, listing more than 10,000 properties worldwide.

The 16 finalists were chosen based on recipe creativity, among other things, by a panel of guest judges.

The runner-up — a savory Potato, Ham and Cheddar Waffle — also hails from Illinois. You’ll find that dish being served at the Aldrich Guest House in Galena, a five-room inn with rates starting at $145 a night;

Other breakfasts that got a lot of love from voters include a trout cake with poached egg from the Good Medicine Lodge ( in Whitefish, Mont., and a ham and cheese souffle roll served at Miss Spenser’s of Longview Farms ( in New Virginia, Iowa.

French toast tends to fare well in the annual contest, now in its sixth year.

In 2016, Bananas Foster-Style Banana-Pecan Stuffed French Toast by Weller Haus Bed, Breakfast and Event Center ( in Bellevue, Ky., near Cincinnati took first place.

Feeling inspired? Check out the 16 finalists and their breakfast recipes at


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