Filmmaker Whit Stillman on the joys of a 7-Eleven breakfast

Where does indie filmmaker Whit Stillman turn when he’s looking for a quick bite to eat in the morning? The answer might surprise some of his fans: 7-Eleven.

On Wednesday, the “Last Days of Disco” director took a break from tweeting about world politics and the films of Ernest Lubitsch to profess his admiration for the convenience store’s breakfast offerings – particularly its egg, cheese and bacon croissant sandwich and 100% Colombian medium roast coffee.

While 7-Eleven might not be the first dining establishment that comes to mind while thinking of an artist who has made a career exploring the comedic exploits of the Urban Haute Bourgeoisie, Stillman explained in an email to Page Six that the ubiquitous chain has become a reliable go-to for him as someone who splits their time between the US and Europe.

“Yes, I’ve been feeling pretty close to 7-Eleven these days,” he wrote. “In the neighborhoods where I land when returning from Europe the local 7-Eleven is usually your best bet at 4 a.m. — and often the rest of the day as well.”

While the convenience store is his current breakfast spot of choice, Stillman hasn’t soured on other chains, particularly Dunkin’ Donuts, Denny’s and Burger King.

“I’ve not abandoned long-term loyalty to Dunkin’ (their traditional ‘Donut shop’ brew) which was featured in ‘Damsels in Distress’ (mostly Dunkin’ written) and have tried to report on other good breakfast dining alternatives such as Denny’s and Burger King,” he continued in his email.

So what draws Stillman to these most American of dining establishments?

He explained, “Returning to the US from Europe, one tends to awake in the early a.m. and such spots are a godsend — as well as being easy on the wallet.”


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