May 4, 2007
start to the day
At 9:30 on a Wednesday morning, Ellen and I didn’t anticipate crowds or inattentive service at Eggtc., 5107 Main St. We lucked out on one but not the other. Our waitress was slow to refill our coffee cups or check on our meal.
Oversized cups of coffee ($1.85) arrived so hot that I added two small ice cubes. I sipped my brew and admired Eggtc.’s sunny ochre-colored walls and mustard ceiling, deep red wood tables and paneling, and high-backed booths with dark-tone upholstery. Abstract oil paintings in primary colors lined the room, where the massive fireplace undoubtedly beckons during wintertime.
Service was better at 9 a.m. on Saturday despite the continuous flow of customers. Maybe the restaurant instinctively ratchets up its service in anticipation of weekend crowds. When I requested a decaf to replace the decaf Mocha Latté ($3.25/$3.50) I initially ordered, our waitress made the change swiftly and left the first item off our bill without a word. Given the hubbub in the place, our meal arrived fairly quickly.
French Toast ($3.99) was probably the best meal we ate during two visits. Although the menu mentioned three pieces of raisin or sourdough bread, the plate arrived with four thick, raisin-studded slices doused in a rich egg batter, fried to perfection and dusted with powdered sugar. Warm syrup in a tiny pitcher completed the dish. When served with two creamy scrambled eggs (99 cents each), I had difficulty finishing this delightful entrée.
My husband, Mark, ordered the Classico ($5.99), a filling medley of two eggs, choice of meat, and breakfast potatoes or fruit and bread. He added a pancake for a dollar more (a waffle or muffin is also available). Mark’s fried eggs oozed golden goodness from the first bite. His English muffin had some crunch, and the pancake was pleasantly sweet but flat rather than fluffy. One piece of bacon was cooked medium and the other was slightly undercooked. The breakfast potatoes were diced into small, tender cubes with a decent amount of salt. Some grilled onions or peppers would add a nice touch.
On another visit, Ellen ordered a Create Your Own Omelet ($4.99, plus 50 cents for each ingredient), and we were puzzled that she needed any kind of hot sauce because she had asked for chorizo. It lacked the reddish color or spiciness of many chorizos. The fresh mozzarella arrived in two small slabs atop the omelet rather than melted inside with the meat, diced avocado and black olives. Four sourdough toast triangles and a beautiful fruit mélange of strawberries, red grapes, cantaloupe and banana completed the plate.
My Eggs Benedict Florentine ($7.49) was very pretty, the muffin/egg/hollandaise, fresh spinach and tomato slices sitting in a shallow-lipped white dish atop a black plate with fruit. The eggs were perfectly cooked but the hollandaise lacked the tangy sharpness I typically expect. I added salt and wished my muffin was pre-toasted and crunchy. Of all the flavors in this entrée, the tomato’s sweetness stood out most. Fruit also accompanied my meal.
Other breakfast items include quiche with breakfast potatoes or fresh fruit ($5.99), biscuits and chorizo gravy with breakfast potatoes ($4.29), a breakfast pizza with Monterey Jack cheese, scrambled egg, diced tomatoes, green peppers and red onions on sausage gravy ($6.49), or one of two breakfast sandwiches ($5.99) — a variation on a traditional BLT, and a combo with scrambled egg, cheddar, and ham or sausage.
Adventurous diners might try the Crepe Dolce ($6.49), which features a guava cream cheese-lined crepe filled with strawberries, drizzled with a light mango sauce, and topped with diced mango candied ginger, pecans and mint; or the Despierto Burrito with Breakfast Potatoes ($6.49), which features scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, chorizo and onion wrapped in a tortilla, with sour cream salsa and cilantro. Sandwiches, salads and a soup of the day crowd the lunch menu.
During our Saturday visit, a constant flow of customers began around 9 a.m., and waitresses called several apparent regulars by name. Eggtc. offers decent food at great prices; the cost of each breakfast visit for us hovered around $20, before tax and tip. Some fine- tuning of individual menu items and service will only enhance their reputation as a favored breakfast spot.
Lisa Waterman Gray can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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