Another Broken Egg Café: Another unjustifiable meal

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Another Broken Egg, a chain of restaurants based on the original Broken Egg Café in Louisiana, boasts Southern-New Orleans brunch fusion. Not only are their ingredients “fresh and creative,” their website claims, they’re also very Instagram-worthy.

While I agree that the pop of colors from ingredients like green onions and red peppers against bright ceramic serving vessels yields a picture-perfect photo opp, this restaurant chain offers very little else, falling short in terms of both taste and cost.

The mediocre, poorly executed meals don’t justify the bill, and that’s why Another Broken Egg simply is not worth a visit. 

The restaurants are out to get your money, charging too much for small meal portions and adding extra charges for customization and substitution of food.

Bryant and I visited the Dunwoody location on a Thursday for late lunch, grabbing a table by the window. Among the different patrons, of the few that were in the uncrowded restaurant, were couples and small families.

Our waitress was rather uncommunicative from the start. While she took our drink order and followed through on it, she didn’t verbally interact with us much for the duration of our meal, or even give us a smile.

After an ordinary wait time of ~10 minutes, my Crabcakes Cavallo ($14) and Bryant’s Stan’s Mardi Gras ($12) arrived.

FullSizeRender (54)My crab cakes didn’t have that nice bite that fresh crab often has. I even found a piece of shell in the cakes, just one example of our poorly executed meal. The cakes tasted unpleasantly fishy, as if they had been tinned.

My poached eggs, on the other hand, were perfectly runny and pleasantly mixed in with the “Andouille-infused Hollandaise”, and the whole dish was topped with diced red peppers and green onions.FullSizeRender (55)

Bryant’s Mardi Gras-inspired omelette contained crawfish, shrimp and Andouille sausage, and was topped with green onions, diced tomato and a tomato-based “Hollandaise”. While I’m not very fond of omelettes, Bryant’s was well-made: fluffy and flavorful.

Both of our dishes came with a split English muffin and “country potatoes,” which tasted fine with ketchup and salt, but were nothing spectacular. Our food came in a bright ceramic baking dish with a handle.

The website was right about the picturesqueness of the food. Dine outside on a sunny day and you’ve got the perfect natural filter: sunshine.

I had a qualm with our “Hollandaise” sauces, however. They’re traditionally known to be opaque and light yellow, from the mixture of egg yolk and butter. The sauces that Bryant and I got were translucent and foamy. I’m all for innovation in the kitchen, but these sauces were mis-characterized. A customer that orders a dish with Hollandaise expects and should receive an actual, traditional Hollandaise sauce, unless warned otherwise.

Our restaurant’s version had too much butter, which was evident in every mouthful.

The rest of the menu sounds appetizing, but now I’m officially a skeptic of the Another Broken Egg chain.

They’ve got sweet brunch dishes like pancakes, waffles and French toast, with signatures including sweet potato pancakes and cinnamon roll French toast.

For the health-conscious, they have skinny omelettes, oatmeal, quinoa and salmon dishes. Many of the dishes on the menu are also designated vegetarian, and they don’t sound half bad.

They offer nearly a dozen different omelettes and scrambler dishes, such as the Florida-themed one (crab, cream cheese and Monterey Jack). Most of their signature Benedicts feature poached eggs, some sort of protein and “Hollandaise” suace.

Their burger and sandwich offerings seem average, apart from the Waffle Sliders and Lobster & Shrimp Roll sliders.

However, you’re gonna pay at least $2 for sides like grits, black beans and sliced tomatoes, but no less than $3.50 for more substantial sides like ham, bacon and sausage.

Their alcoholic drinks start at $6 for a simple screw driver (vodka and OJ) and only get pricier from there.

Bryant and I didn’t order any fancy drinks, apps or desserts and we paid $17 each…

Like I said, the menu items sound delicious and the food looks great, but it’s all a facade. Look beyond the menu pictures and realize that these dishes are poorly made, very expensive and not presented in good company.


Last summer I had brunch with my sister and our cousin at the Buckhead location, where we ate in the backroom after a 15-minute wait on a weekend afternoon. My expectations for the meal were set very high after witnessing the full restaurant and busy atmosphere.

But I sipped on watery coffee and timidly ate my Cinnamon Roll French Toast (3 pieces for $10), which was drowned in a sickly sweet Bananas Foster sauce, and topped with strawberries and blueberries, whipped cream, and a cream cheese icing.

I also ordered grits with cheese ($2.59), which was literally just that. Grits and cheese. Maybe I had it coming, but the grits were also unseasoned, gummy and lukewarm. After 5 minutes, they condensed into a solidified mass. I also paid an extra 70 cents for a scant sprinkle of cheese on top of the grits, and I’m still hurting over the whole ordeal.

 

My sister’s Veggie Delight Omelette ($10.29) was also above average, though I couldn’t detect the goat cheese among the tomato, spinach and mushrooms.

 


All locations open until 2PM

Dunwoody: 4745 Ashford Dunwoody Rd Atlanta, GA // (770) 408-0110

Buckhead: 2355 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA // (404) 254-0219

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