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East Egg

June 27, 2010

  • 6907 Sears Drive
  • Portage, MI 49024
  • (269) 366-4344
  • Website
  • Menu

Several months ago when we ate at the Craftsman Chop Company, there was a new building being constructed in the parking.  I noticed a sign inside that the new building was going to be a breakfast joint.  Earlier this spring, East Egg opened and we’ve been making plans ever since to stop in for breakfast, but every time we drive by, there’s a line out the door.

J got me out of bed for breakfast on a Saturday morning.  We thought maybe Saturday would be better than Sunday.  No such luck.  We pulled into the parking of the building on Sears Drive between Romence Road and the Crossroads Mall and still found people sitting outside waiting for a table.  J didn’t want to give up so easily, so we parked in front of the Chop Company and made our way inside to see how long the wait would be.

There’s a hostess station right inside the door and an L-shaped bench that is not nearly enough room for the crowds we always see there on weekends.  J checked in with the hostess who said it would be about twenty minutes.  We noticed a lot of tables clearing out as we were standing there, so J put her name in and we stood in a corner to wait for our name to be called. 

It was actually less than the twenty minute estimated time when we noticed a table open up in the corner of the restaurant farthest from the kitchen.  Sure enough, after a quick scrub down, the hostess showed us to that table with a couple menus.

The dining room is just one big space that is packed full with tables.  There is a lunch counter in the back near the kitchen and that’s also where you would pick up carry-out orders.  The quirky feature of the space is all the home made, cloth eggs that line the room above the windows.

Since we were able to look over the menu while we were waiting, when the waitress came for drink orders, we were ready to put our food order in as well.

For me, it was a no brainer.  There was a Steak & Eggs on the menu and it was really well priced, so that’s what I went with.  The steak is a 5 oz sizzler that I had cooked medium rare.  It was seasoned really well and had a good, salty crust.  J said it looked like I was struggling to cut it, but it’s a steak that cost $7 with a whole plate of sides.  I have nothing to complain about.  It was a little tough, but it actually tasted really good.  The plate came with two eggs, two slices of toast and hash browns.  I asked for the eggs over medium, but she most have thought I said over easy.  Not a big deal.  I don’t mind the runny yolk.  The hash browns had a good crust on them and they were cooked all the way through.

J ordered the Blueberry Crepes.  Her plate was two blueberry filled crepes that were topped with more blueberries and powdered sugar.  She said the crepes were very light and delicious.  She also mentioned that there were so many blueberries that the dish was very sweet.  Her order came with hash browns and they were done exactly the way she likes them.  There was a nice, solid crust on the top and the potatoes were cooked all the way through.  No raw potatoes on that plate.

The really impressive thing about East Egg was the speed in which they crank out the orders.  We had barely got settled when the waitress was coming out with two plates of food.  No kidding, it couldn’t have been longer than five minutes.  Ten at the most, but there’s no way it took that long.

The bill for two pretty good size plates of food was exactly fifteen bucks.  We had been scared off by the wait in the past, but probably won’t be in the future.  They did a really good job of turning tables and what would have been a half hour wait at other breakfast joints was about half that at East Egg.

The food was delicious.  It’s very fresh and very reasonably priced.  It’s not your typical greasy spoon diner.  It’s more of an upscale place with the dive prices.

Steak and Eggs

Blueberry Crepes

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