Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Another Broken Egg Cafe

Another Broken Egg is a chain that originated in Louisina and now has several locations spread across the SouthWest region of the country. I usually try to visit and review locally owned spots, but I kept hearing how good this place was....so I thought I'd find out for myself. And with a tagline that reads "Inspiring eggs to excellence" - I was really curious!
3016 Guadalupe St, Austin
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I wasn't sure what to expect when we arrived and were quickly seated. The place had a few patrons but wasn't packed at 12:30 p.m. The waitress greeted us and promptly took our drink orders. Iced tea for the lady, orange juice for me. The menu offers a pretty impressive selection of breakfast and brunch menus. Everything from omelettes to benedicts for the egg lovers, and burgers, salads and sandwiches for those in the mood for something else. We started off with some biscuit beignets - basically 8 small beignets tossed in powder sugar and served with a side of honey dipping sauce. They arrived and we started to kill 'em. They were pretty good...almost as good as the real deal from Louisiana. My only complaint is that they were a little on the hard side. But still worth the effort! We were now ready to order. Lisa decided to go with something called The Castine. It was scrambled eggs, ham, asparagus, mushrooms smothered in Hollandaise sauce on top of a croissant. Think eggs benedict, but with scrambled eggs instead. I decided on Eggs Sardou, which is an English muffin topped with sauteed spinach, artichokes and poached eggs. It is then topped with a mixture of Hollondaise and Florentine sauce. Pretty interesting.
Biscuit Beignets
After waiting a bit, our order was at our table. It was then that I realized I had forgotten to ask for my eggs to be cooked hard! I don't do runny. I hate to send food back...I always hate to be THAT guy. But our waitress was super nice and sweet and fixed the issue in no time. She even apologized for MY mistake. My plate arrived in a few minutes and to my liking. Time to grub! Boy am I glad we decided to visit Another Broken Egg. The food was great! Both our dishes were fresh and made to order. And you can tell they use nothing but fresh ingredients! We were both very happy and satisfied with our meals
Eggs Sardou

The Castine
Overall, I highly recommend Another Broken Egg Cafe. Great food and Great service! I will certainly be back for seconds!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

TenOak

Hey foodies, I've been crazy busy getting my video production company off the ground, so please excuse my absence. But I'm back with a hungry stomach and a new review: TenOak. I've been hearing nothing but great stuff about this spot so we decided to drop by this past Sunday. Let me tell ya....we weren't dissapointed!

TenOak, 409 Colorado, Austin
Photo: MediaMonkey
TenOak is located downtown, right off Colorado and 4th Street. I usually hate downtown places due to the parking situation, but luckily we found a spot right away. TenOak is a nice spot, you can sit outdoors in the open patio or you can walk in and find yourself a table or booth. We were dressed in our Sunday best having come straight from church, so decided to sit indoors to avoid a sweat fest. We sat in a booth and began to play with the computer screen on our table. You can see the menu, log online, play games....pretty cool! For Sunday brunch, TenOak offers $1 mimosas and a full bloody mary bar. Yesss! Lisa had a mimosa and
I went with a bloody mary. After browsing the menu, I decided to go with one of my all time brunch favorites...steak and eggs. I have my eggs scrambles with cheese and the dish is served with a side of potatoes. Lisa went with the build-your-own waffle. You can choose you own topping....she did strawberry. We waited for our meals and I hit up the fully stocked bloody mary bar. It was pretty awesome...olives, peppers, hot sauces! One of the best I've seen.


Soon our food arrived and we were ready to chow down. My plate looked delicious. The steak was cooked and seasoned perfect and my eggs were moist and cheesy...just how I like them. The potatoes were excellent as well. Lisa's waffle was really good as well. The batter had a great flavor and consistency and the strawberries added a nice touch.

Overall, our experience at TenOak was a good one. The only complaint I had was it was kinda hot, even indoors since the doors are open. But that's the Texas heat, not the restaurants fault.

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