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“A Fresh Start”

Breakfast has always held a special place in my stomach. I fondly recall eating crisp bacon and homemade waffles drenched in maple syrup on Christmas mornings as part of a long-time family tradition. In fact, if there’s one meal I had to pick as my favorite, breakfast might be tops. So when I moved to Wichita, I immediately began searching for a delicious place to start the day. Naturally, I consulted our magazine’s Best Restaurants issue and found The Good Egg listed as our readers’ first choice for breakfast.

I had a positive feeling the first time I stepped into the restaurant. The dining area was sunny and inviting, with bright yellow walls and a bold blue border. Large windows and a patio area looked out on Bradley Fair and a nearby lake. The wait staff was friendly and prompt, always roaming nearby to top off a cup of coffee or a glass of iced tea. Even the menu was charming—with sections like Egg-Straordinary, Egg-Ceptional and Crepeggs. So I had high expectations before I ever sank my fork into the food.

On a recent Wednesday morning, I invited three friends to the eatery. We decided to sample different selections, each of which had cutesy names. I ordered the Crabby One (it has nothing to do with the fact that I’m not a morning person), Chris ordered the Light One (no surprise for someone who regularly jogs two miles during evenings), Gary sampled the Castroville (nothing to do with his political beliefs) and Sam tried the Hey Ricky! (a reference to I Love Lucy). Each of the dishes used eggs as part of their ingredients—living up to the eatery’s name—but they had their own healthy twist.

The Crabby One was a variety of the restaurant’s Crepegg—an omelette-like concoction wrapped in a thin, pancake-like crepe. It was filled with imitation crab, spinach, mushrooms, onions, cream cheese, Hollandaise sauce and dried tomatoes. Along with the tender crepe, the crab meat and Hollandaise sauce added a fresh taste I didn’t expect in an omelette.

Chris’ Light One was another type of Crepegg. Unlike my dish, it was filled with cheese, avocado, mushrooms and alfalfa sprouts. An English muffin, potatoes and homemade poppy seed dressing came on the side. Chris said the fresh ingredients added up to a flavorful combination—without the extra calories.

Gary’s Castroville was an omelette that came with artichoke hearts, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, Jack cheese and was smothered in Hollandaise sauce. Unlike some places, the chef didn’t scrimp on the artichokes. Gary asked to substitute a pancake for toast, and rather than get a small bite he ended up with an acre worth of pancake—never a bad thing, unless you’re counting calories.

Finally, Sam’s Hey Ricky! was an usual blend of chorizo sausage, avocado, green chilies, onion and cheeses with salsa and sour cream on the side. The chorizo was fairly hot while the avocado cooled off the palate. The dish made for a zesty breakfast alternative.

Each of the dishes cost about $8, slightly more than an average breakfast at a café—but well worth it for the healthy ingredients and original recipes. Topped with the inviting atmosphere and good service, it was easy to see why readers voted the eatery as the best place for breakfast last year. There was also a wide selection of lunch items, including sandwiches and salads. As a satisfied customer, I’ll be back. I’ll also be interested to see how The Good Egg fares in our next cover story, the “2008 Best of Wichita Readers’ Choice Awards.” I’m guessing it will be good.