Breakfast menus evolving at restaurants

Oatmeal and crêpes on the rise, while French toast and skillets decline

Healthful, handheld and upscale items are in at breakfast. Skillets and traditional dishes are out.

That’s what Los Angeles-based menu research firm Datassential found when reviewing breakfast offerings on more than 4,750 restaurant menus in its database.

Oatmeal was mentioned on nearly 14-percent more chain and independent restaurant breakfast menus in 2010 than it was in 2008. Skillet mentions fell by 10 percent. French toast, biscuits and gravy, and chicken fried steak

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