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Griddle like you're at a diner

The Calphalon Unison Nonstick Short Order Griddle makes it easy to cook a classic American diner breakfast.

The backsplash and raised edges make it easy to flip eggs, pancakes or any other breakfast items.
The backsplash and raised edges make it easy to flip eggs, pancakes, or any other breakfast items.
Williams Sonoma

Eating out at a restaurant can sometimes seem like a magical experience. But the coordinated dance between the back of the house and the front of the house is one that relies on timing, skill, and experience. However, all that being said, there is still an element of surprise when a plate of eggs, hash browns, and bacon gets set down in front of you in a matter of mere minutes. Yet this feat happens in diners across the country countless times a day.

Replicating that experience at home is not necessarily the impossible task it may seem to be. Behind the scenes at a diner -- it is usually safe to say -- there is not an army of wizards and leprechauns making magic. However, the short-order chef does have one piece of equipment at his or her disposal that helps to facilitate the magic: the flat-top griddle.

Most of us do not have the means to outfit the home kitchen with an additional big piece of equipment. We can, however, add the Calphalon Unison Nonstick Short Order Griddle. Complete with backstop and raised edges, the 14-inch-by-10-inch pan offers room enough to cook up a full-fledged breakfast. It's capable of transforming the home cooktop into something greater than the sum of its parts. And it also offers an additional benefit similar to one of the perks of eating out: the nonstick pan cleans up easily and is dishwasher-safe.