Saturday, July 21, 2012

West Egg Cafe

Location: 620 N Fairbanks
Cost: About $12 per person

One lucky morning, my team was able to finish rounds freakishly early. We didn't have to be in clinic for almost an hour and thought we could sneak in a quick breakfast beforehand. My resident Dan mentioned a place that he, "doesn't go to for its quality but rather its proximity." That's how we ended up at West Egg Cafe.

Logistics
I'm sure all of the med student readers out there could give me a better idea of what the crowd is like on the weekends. I assume it's lightened up since Yolk came around. There's not much to the layout, just a big open room with some raised seating. The only advice I've got is not to drive because parking in Streeterville is a real pain.

We made it clear to our waiter that we were in a hurry, and he took care of business. Our food came out in maybe 10 minutes. It's one of those pay at the counter establishments, so he made sure to drop the bill plenty early. The portions are large, and like many brunch spots in town, you'll pay somewhere around $10 for your plate.

The Food
Rabbi Kaufman ordered the Egg White Denver Scrambler, Dan got the Crunchberry Pancakes, and I ordered the Breakfast Burrito. The pancakes looked pretty good with a healthy portioning of blueberries and granola. Dan says that's his go to dish. Kaufman left plenty of his scrambler behind but seemed happy enough with it. My burrito was very heavy on the eggs and a bit light on the chorizo it came with. The tortilla fell apart on me pretty quickly and could've used a little toasting. The potatoes were alright. They sort of cube them up, and there was a decent amount of crisp. Maybe they knew how much I hate undercooked potatoes.

The Crunchberry Pancakes

The Denver Scrambler

 The Breakfast Burrito

Overall
It's great that West Egg is so close to the hospital, but I wouldn't travel much more for the food. I think it's pretty standard stuff in a city of great brunch places. I'm not suggesting you go to Yolk instead. I'm suggesting you get out of Streeterville if you want brunch. I'm giving them 2 out of 5 Pearls.


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