Dining With Denise Neil

Breakfast for dinner? Burgers for breakfast? Where to get the right meal at the wrong time

McDonald’s will begin serving breakfast all day on Oct. 6.
McDonald’s will begin serving breakfast all day on Oct. 6. Mark Lennihan

This is America, so of course we should be able to eat a drive-through burger for breakfast or an omelet for dinner if we darn well please.

On Tuesday, McDonald’s confirmed that it will begin serving breakfast all day starting on Oct. 6. Breakfast service used to stop at 10:30 a.m., but when the change happens, McDonald’s egg McMuffins, hotcakes, sausage burritos, fruit 'n yogurt parfaits, hash browns and biscuits will be available to whomever, whenever.

But McDonald’s won’t be the only local fast-food restaurant serving the right meal at the wrong time.

If you listen to the radio in Wichita, you’ve likely heard Spangles pitch woman Rene Steven touting the chain’s burger-for-breakfast policy. Since Spangles first opened, customers who crave a pre-dawn cheeseburger have been able to order them there, said marketing director Stephanie Huckins. The chain also offers several of its breakfast items all day: the sourdough ham and cheese omelet, the breakfast club on pita, the ultimate bagel, cinnamon pancakes, regular pancakes and French toast sticks.

People would be surprised how many burgers the chain sells in the morning hours, she said.

“When you think about it, third shift people are ready to have dinner, and they don’t always want to eat traditional breakfast, so it’s nice to cater to those people,” she said.

Sonic also serves its entire menu all day, meaning the drive-in’s customers also can have chili cheese dogs for breakfast or French toast sticks for dinner. Burger King started serving Whoppers and other burgers for breakfast last year. But it stops cooking breakfast at 10:30 a.m.

Wendy’s doesn’t serve breakfast.