Extra Crispy began the year as an embryo. Back in January 2016, the site was just a glimmer in the eyes of forward-thinking Time Inc. executives who had a feeling the internet would welcome a breakfast website with open arms. And, oh, how they were right! Extra Crispy launched early in the morning on June 1 to loads of praise. Before June, some people would hear about Extra Crispy and go, Huh? A breakfast what? But once we were off the ground, publishing work by many fine writers, photographers, and chefs, their reactions soon became more like, Of course, an entire website about breakfast. I must subscribe to your newsletter! Which we're certain you already said, too.
Since launch, we looked for a Bacon Critic; hired a Bacon Critic; threw a bacon- and bloody mary-soaked festival in Manhattan called The BreakFestival; and published hundreds of recipes, videos, How Tos, personal essays, hot takes on hot cakes™, and two stories for the hotly debated Goats category. (Editors who were in favor of creating /goat were indeed on the right side of history.)
So, now let us do what people do when a year ends: pat themselves on the back for all of the cool stuff they did. In no particular order, here are the pieces our readers and editors loved the most during the six months in 2016 that Extra Crispy was a fully formed egg.