Which came first, The Egg and I movie, or the restaurant chain?
Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray were the not so old MacDonalds who had a chicken farm in the 1947 movie, preceding the restaurant chain of the same name by many a year.
The restaurant chain had its origins in Colorado in 1987, and now includes an outlet off Hull Street Road in Midlothian. It’s open only for breakfast and lunch, and the egg, cooked in an array of benedicts, omelets or simply boiled, scrambled or over easy, is the star here.
There is your everyday eggs benedict, crab cake benedict, veggie benedict, hiker’s benedict and Parisian benedict. Omelet offerings include spinach bacon and mushroom, a Mexican omelet, a Denver omelet, a Greek frittata, or you can craft your own with a choice of any three of 28 ingredients.
The lunch menu is a mix of a made-from-scratch soup of the day, salads and sandwiches.
We visited on a recent Saturday morning to enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the sunny, open dining room.
Start with their coffee, the dark roast rainforest bold, which is excellent. They’ll keep refilling as long as you like, and even give you a to-go cup for a caffeine-ated charge.
We kept it simple on this visit.
I had two scrambled eggs with ham, grits and sourdough bread toast; Donna ordered two eggs over easy with bacon, grits and raisin bread toast, and Susan checked out the biscuits and gravy with ranch potatoes and two boiled eggs.
The restaurant was crowded, but our server was cheerful, quick and efficient, making for a pleasant dining experience.
The raisin toast spent a bit too much time in the toaster and was a bit burned, and the gravy was a bit bland and needed some peppering up.
But the eggs were cooked to perfection for each of us, as you’d expect of a diner where “Egg” is part of the name.
The cost with tip came to $37 for three.
We’ll be back, and try out one of their signature omelets, or maybe a Belgian Waffle Eggspress next time. It sounds eggs-cellent…
ON THE MENU
WHAT: THE EGG AND I
WHERE: 6121 Harbourside Center Loop, off Hull Street Road in Midlothian
HOURS: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekends
LEARN MORE: theeggandIrestaurants.com, (804) 639-3140