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Review: Another Broken Egg Cafe in Indianapolis

Fruit Platter at Another Broken Egg Cafe.

Fruit Platter at Another Broken Egg Cafe.
Photo credit: Elizabeth J. Musgrave.

By Elizabeth J. Musgrave
Syndicated Columnist

It’s exciting when a new restaurant opens in town. It’s even more exciting when the concept is something just a little different. Another Broken Egg Cafe opened Monday, April 15, 2013, in Indianapolis at the 96th and N. Meridian area– 9435 North Meridian Street, to be exact–with a breakfast~brunch~lunch concept.

Checking out the new eatery from Ruth’s Chris’ local franchisee owners, I was impressed upon entering at the warm atmosphere, colors and decor. Imagine, if you will, a place where modern French Country decor, whimsical artwork and southern charm blend together harmoniously silently inviting you to sit and sip mimosas, nibble on biscuit Beignets ($4.99) and catch up with friends and family in a sunny dining area or at the roomy bar.

Service is more than the obligatory niceness; there appears to be genuine caring about customers’ needs and an excitement in the staff about the food selection, which includes the familiar with an unfamiliar twist.

Grits? Yes, but with blackberries. Omelettes? Naturally, however they come in such options as: The Floridian with cream cheese, crab meat and Monterey Jack cheese, Bacquezo with bacon, chorizo (made in house), The Mardi Gras loaded with Andouille, crawfish and red bell peppers, just to cite a few.

The menu bears marks signifying items that are Gluten-free, Vegetarian, House-made and Signature dishes. Healthy and indulgent choices give the diner several ways to eat, depending on his mood. For the behaving guest, the Seasonal Fruit Platter ($6.99) currently includes mangoes, pineapple, blueberries, strawberries and more with a dip for temptation’s sake.

Sweet Potato Pancakes ($7.49) arrive to you with one plate-size pancake topped with cinnamon-marmalade infused syrup, spiced pecans and whipped cream. The Southern Crabstack ($13.49) comes in a skillet with a crabcake nestled atop a gritcake and surrounded by Andouille sausage and shrimp saute and a serving of crispy cubed potatoes.

Influenced with comfort food of the Midwest, the southern region and Creole favorites, the menu has a wide variety without going overboard, burgers, salads, a variety of Signature Benedicts and Scramble Skillets, with a lengthy list of sides rounds out the menu nicely.

The full-service bar serves up local spirits, including Fuzzy’s vodka in its well-garnished and infused-vodka Bloody Mary. Perfect-for-brunch cocktails, including Mimosas and Peach Bellinis, are listed at a lower price point than anticipated as are specialty coffee drinks.

Collectible stoneware coffee mugs, handcrafted by Deneen Pottery, are available as a souvenir or gift at the front counter in a variety of colors (I chose periwinkle).

Another Broken Egg Cafe will open a second Indy location toward the end of summer in the new hotel The Alexander and will offer dinner as well. Hours at the north side spot are 7 a.m.-2 p.m. seven days a week. Located in the Meridian North Shopping Center that includes Daddy Jack’s and Kona Jack’s, this is not a Cracker Barrel or Waffle House style morning eatery and will easily become a favorite brunch choice for me.

Must-try items on the next visit are: Cinnamon Roll French Toast ($10.99) a giant cinnamon roll grilled with French toast batter, served with cream cheese, Bananas Foster sauce, berries and whipped cream; Southern Shrimp Salad ($9.99) with mixed greens, grilled shrimp, strawberries, blueberries, sprouts, feta and sliced almonds with garlic French bread; Baked Brie Delight ($10.49) with apples, pecans and raisins sauteed in a Grand Marnier butter sauce over warm Brie cheese with toasted French bread and the Lobster & Brie Omelette ($14.99) a cream-cheese filled omelette with Brie and sauteed lobster meat, topped with a Champagne butter sauce, diced tomatoes and scallions.

Okay…maybe my next two or three visits.

Bottom Line: Another Broken Egg Cafe is a welcome addition to the food scene on the north side with a menu that is lively, portions that are great for sharing and a welcoming ambiance.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at http://www.GottaGo.us and http://www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on http://www.Gottago.us, http://www.BroadwayWorld.com, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

  1. Robin L Quagliesi
    July 14, 2013 at 11:24 am

    We went to have breakfast this morning and to our surprise we only had to wait a short time however after being seated our experience was not what we expected. The server failed to bring a couple of our beverages and seemed annoyed when asked again. He seemed as though he was rushing us however then we waited 35-40
    Minutes to even receive our food at which point it was all incorrect. The manager seemed to be so confused but did not assure us that she was going to fix the problem right away. At this point it took the server another 10 minutes to come to the table to say that he had messed up and they were “fixing” our food. We again waited another 10 minutes at which point we just left. Almost an hour from the time we sat down to eat our food for breakfast is a little long. I asked to
    Speak with the manager however nobody could seem to locate her. I understand it was busy however 20+ years in the restaurant business this was just unnacceptable and would rather spend my hard earned money in an establishment that appreciates and respects their patrons time and money. Good luck and hope you can fix this problem.

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