What the world needs are more good egg restaurants, and I’m a little surprised Waco hasn’t really had one until this year. Sure, you can get your cackleberries at places like IHOP and Denny’s, but a restaurant that specializes in the noble egg is a rare gem indeed. And such a place is particularly welcome in a community with a large after-church crowd, such as Waco.
The Egg and I opened this past October in the Franklin Village shopping center on Franklin Avenue (where Outback Steakhouse and Petco are also located). Headquartered in Denver, Waco’s franchise is owned by Mike and Eva Beheler, who have already made a name for themselves in Waco’s foodiverse with their Wing Stop eateries.
Tell me you’re not salivating after I list some of the menu choices:
Six variations of Eggs Benedict, including one with crab;
Omelettes and Frittatas ranging from a basic ham and cheese to one with Portabella mushrooms, bacon and asparagus;
Chile Rellenos and Huevos Rancheros (editorial comment: allegedly good for hangovers). Some of the Mexican items come with pork green chili and/or chorizo if desired.
And that’s just for starts on the breakfast menu…they also serve a lunch menu with a variety of sandwiches and salads. Standouts on the lunch menu include the Chicken Apple Walnut Salad and the Veggie Greek Wrap. Heartier fare is also available in the Cheddar Cheeseburger and the Reuben.
The sandwiches come with a choice of kettle chips, side salad, cottage cheese, fruit or soup and are priced around $8 – $9.
The Egg and I is open Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and on weekends until 2:30.
The only thing that could make it better, IMHO, is if it had hours that catered to the nighthawks. 24 hours of egg accessibility would be perfect, but breakfast and lunch are a welcome addition to the Waco dining scene.
More eggy goodness:
The Egg and I menu: www.The EggandIRestaurants.com
Jim McKeown’s Bohemia blog about eggs: http://bohojo.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/eggs-eggs-eggs-by-jim-mckeown/
Diner lingo to help you order: www.hungrymonster.com/humor/Restaurant_Lingo.php
“The Egg and I”, a memoir by Betty Smith about chicken farming in Washington state: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Egg_and_I