At The Hampton Inn Breakfast Bar, Utica, N.Y.

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This morning Kish and I got the most important meal of the day at the Hampton Inn breakfast bar in Utica, N.Y. For something that’s self-serve, buffet-style, and no extra charge — which means you’ve already paid for it — it wasn’t bad.

The oatmeal was hot and good, and I topped it with cranberries, almond slivers, and brown sugar. I had a toasted English muffin, and Kish and I sampled some maple sausage slices and a “bagel topper,” which is scrambled eggs and melted cheese on a toasted bagel half. Not bad, either! The coffee was hot and the OJ was cold. In a nod to green sensibilities, the tray was made of recycled paper, too.

We served ourselves, stoked up in short order, and hit the road in good time. That’s the point.

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