Sunday, November 15, 2015
The Big Egg Runeth Over
It's been a fun activity of mine to explore different breakfast haunts in my neighborhood since I'm now privy to waking up early with baby. Getting to know my area even more intimately has been a lot of fun and I've made some new mommy friends along the way who've joined me for some delicious breakfast adventures. This one, at the Big Egg was accompanied by Eva and her lovely little daughter Sophia, who I hope Edie can play with soon.
But...about the food!
Previously a food pod on N. Mississippi Ave, The Big Egg was always a challenge to try because of its popularity, and they always sold out early. However, about 3 months ago that all changed, as they opened up their first brick and mortar location on NE Alberta St. and 30th Avenue. What a treat for the neighborhood!
While the storefront is small (it used to be the old Sugar Cube space), it's lovely and inviting and sports their quintessential yellow and brown motif. The interior is friendly and seats about 20 people, with a variety of booth style and counter seating. It's kid friendly, which is fabulous for me right now, and needless to say, I frequent it often.
I've tried a number of their sandwiches already, each being more delicious than the next that I now thought I should give their French Toast a whirl. Really happy with my decision, I marveled at this crunchy breakfast sandwich that was wrapped in crunchy panko and then stuffed with smoked ham and a hint of gorgonzola dolce. It was unlike any breakfast sandwich I had and certainly the most unique french toast. A little taste of vanilla and cardamom in the brioche bread gave it that sophistication and something a little special that'll keep me coming back for more.
Service and Cost:
I usually experience really good service here and this time was no different. Like a lot of restaurants in Portland, you order up at the counter and then wait for your order to be called out. While it's not traditional restaurant service, I far prefer it, as it makes for a more casual experience.
Costs are on the expensive side for breakfast sandwiches but given the high quality of their ingredients, I really don't mind. My French Toast and coffee set me back about $12 total.
The Big Egg - 3039 NE Alberta Street, Portland OR 97211