Opinion: Local Gems to Scout on Avon’s Hour-Delay Days

Kaitlyn Mason | Web Managing Editor

Breakfast: the most important meal of the day (or at least, that’s what we’ve been told). While some students eat breakfast daily, some struggle to find the time on a regular school day. That’s where the beauty of hour delays come in: while some students spend the extra hour catching up on sleep, others use this time to go out and get breakfast or hang with friends.

Junior Sophia Garcia said she spends her time getting a bit of extra sleep but while still going to get breakfast with her friends.

“I usually go to Big Apple Bagels,” said Garcia. “It’s on the way to the high school from my house and there’s a lot of big tables for huge groups to sit.”

Garcia said her go-to meal is normally a bagel and smoothie. BABs is popular among Avon students – senior Michaela DiPalmo said she enjoys the local eatery as well.

“During my sophomore year, there was a physics unit that not a lot of people understood, so a group of us got together [at Big Apple Bagel’s] around 7 a.m. to work on the unit,” said DiPalmo.

DiPalmo said her reason for sticking to Big Apple Bagels is the low price and flexibility.

“It’s cheap, and you can either hang out or just grab [it] and go,” DiPalmo said.

Senior Evan Gosnell said while he does enjoy BABs, Emmy’s Pancake House is his go-to breakfast spot for hour delays.

“I really enjoy their pancakes,” said Gosnell.

Gosnell’s favorite memory of an hour-delay day is when he took his girlfriend to Emmy’s for the first time. Now, he goes with her to get breakfast nearly every hour delay.

Avon High School’s next hour delay is on Jan. 8. If you’re looking to get some food, check out the places listed below. Not craving bagels or pancakes? There are plenty of other options!

Emmy’s Original Pancake House & Grill

7508 Beechwood Centre Rd., Ste. 300, Avon, IN 46123

Deemed a local favorite, you can find clusters of Avon students huddled around pancakes at this restaurant on one-hour delay days. Emmy’s is in the mid-price range and opens at 6 a.m. daily.

Ella’s Pancake House

1118 N. Avon Ave., Avon, IN 46123

Previously called Bella’s Pancake House, Ella’s offers pancakes, waffles, and breakfast skillets in the mid-price range. Ella’s opens at 6 a.m. daily and is located directly next to CVS on Avon Avenue.

Big Apple Bagels

8115 E. U.S. Hwy. 36, Avon, IN 46123

Opening at 4 a.m. and closing at 5:30 p.m., BABs is a local sweet spot for high school students both in the morning and afternoon. If you still want to sleep in, this is the perfect in-and-out breakfast spot.

Hotcakes Emporium Pancake House & Restaurant

5201 E. U.S. Hwy. 36, Avon, IN 46123

If you’re not in the mood for pancakes and waffles, this is the place to be. Offering hearty breakfast skillets starting at 6 a.m., Hotcakes is notable for large portion sizes at a mid-price range.

Waffle House

9221 E. U.S. Hwy. 36, Avon, IN 46123

If you’re low on dollars but still craving a classic American waffle, Waffle House is a go-to. The low prices are unmatched, and the restaurant is open 24/7.

Still undecided? Here are the most honorable restaurants outside of Avon town limits.

Metro Diner ($$) 302 Dan Jones Rd., Plainfield, IN 46168

Flap-Jack Pancake House ($) 414 W. Main St., Plainfield, IN 46168

Oasis Diner ($) 405 W. Main St., Plainfield, IN 46168

Bread Basket Cafe & Bakery ($$) 46 S. Tennessee St., Danville, IN 46122

Star Pancake House & Grill ($) 6011 Gateway Dr., Plainfield, IN 46168

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