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Healthy eating plans which recommend lemony lentil soup for lunch and whole wheat salmon roll-ups for dinner often endorse a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast.

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100 Favorite Dishes: Oatmeal at Oddfellows Cafe

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Healthy eating plans which recommend lemony lentil soup for lunch and whole wheat salmon roll-ups for dinner often endorse a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. Oddfellows Cafe's oatmeal is almost certainly not the oatmeal those menus' writers have in mind.

The oatmeal at Oddfellows isn't irredeemable: For an extra buck, it comes topped with fruit, which has plenty of nutritional value. But nothing else about the stove-top cereal evokes the feelings of deprivation and virtuousness that might stiffen a dieters' resolve first thing in the morning. The oatmeal is buttery and brown sugary, with crushed walnuts floating in a surface pool of oatmeal likker and fat.

A scoop of the spoon reveals a hive of steel-cut oats, which are bulbous and chewy compared to the dusty flakes that occupy microwave-bound bowls. A single serving is extraordinarily filling, and just might see you right through lunchtime (although a nutritionist would surely like to remind you that skipping meals is not a healthy strategy. Greek yogurt and almonds, anyone?)

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