Before Chuck’s cousin Dora’s visit to Tucson ended, we had the chance to join her and her grandson for a couple of early morning breakfasts. Now I admit that I was not present for this first meal so am relying on my Favorite Traveling Companion to fill in the blanks.
The day that Dora was to return to the Phoenix area to catch her flight the following day back to the frigid and snowy Midwest, the four of us gathered for breakfast at The Good Egg.
As befits a young male college student (In my over twenty-five years experience as a college administrator, they usually have big appetites.), Dora’s grandson ordered the Lumberjack Skillet that was built on either a base of hash browns or home fries (he chose the hash browns) and then buried under a mound of melted Jack and sharp cheddar cheeses, two eggs, and a choice from the following: bacon, ham, sausage, mushroom, onion, and bell pepper with a sausage gravy bath for good measure.
Chuck, still full from his monster burrito the night before at El Charro, opted to go “light” with the Day Starter of two scrambled eggs, a ham slice, and home fries. Instead of the English muffin that comes with the meal, he swapped out for a whole wheat bagel with cream cheese.
After much deliberation, Dora selected My Berry Amor—granola crusted pancakes with dried cranberries, blueberries, strawberries with a cran-raspberry reduction substituting for syrup and accompanied with a vanilla cheesecake batter and powdered sugar.
I am always on the look-out for interesting takes on the traditional eggs benedict and The Good Egg has a couple choices that might fill the bill. There was the Florentine with sautéed spinach, mushroom, onion, diced bacon, and tomato. There was the Sunrise with turkey breast, grilled tomato, and avocado. And also the Pesto and Parmesan Benedict with fresh spinach and basil, sautéed mushrooms, grilled shaved ham, pesto sauce and Parmesan cheese.
But what I really wanted was the Farmhouse Benedict with a split buttermilk biscuit (instead of an English muffin), shaved ham, two slices of bacon, two turkey sausage patties, and sausage gravy. Oh, it also came with hash brown or home fries. But there was no way that I could eat all of that and I have learned that eggs benedict doesn’t reheat well.
But wait! There at the bottom of the menu is the notation that all of the benedicts could be ordered as a half order. Perfect! And not just the size. So was the food.
Last year I awarded The Good Egg 4.0 Addies but this year, based on both Chuck’s and my potatoes and my Farmhouse Benedict, I am going all the way to 5.0 Addies.
To review the role of Adler and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.