A shortlist of spots for excellent morning egg-fests
Published: March 30, 2011
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Angelo's 1100 E. Catherine St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-8996; angelosa2.com; $: Plenty of stuff for egg-heads to try here, including eggs Benedict, Florentine, lox Benedict and a standard three-egg breakfast plate with bacon, sausage, ham, breakfast potatoes and homemade toast for $7.75. Omelets include their standard (comes stuffed with your choice of four items), the lox omelet, the farmer's (green pepper, onion, ham, potato), Mexican (chili with beef, cheddar, onion, sour cream and salsa), Greek (spinach and feta), broccoli-and-cheddar, Western (green pepper, onion and ham) and plain. There are also plenty of extras to add on, and no standard omelet costs more than $9.25. All breads are from Angelo's own bakery, adding a touch of integrity to your breakfast. If you're looking for a good home-cooked meal, this family-owned and -run restaurant will make you want them to adopt you.
Berkley Bistro & Café 1999 Coolidge Rd., Berkley; 248-691-4333; berkleybistro.com; $$: Formerly the Berkley Breakfast Cafe, it's still very much a spot for a good breakfast. The fragrance of cinnamon fills the air as patrons patiently await Sunday brunch. Long past noon, customers are asking for coffee refills as they mop up the last of their "international scrambles" or "breakfasts of champions." In any event, this is the spot for a no-holds-barred breakfast prepared the old-fashioned way. That would include four-egg omelets made with Italian sausage, sausage gravy, or chili and cheddar cheese. It would include French toast stuffed with strawberries and mango-infused cream cheese. Befitting the portion sizes, prices are fairly hefty for breakfast, though not out of line with other, more refined establishments. The long menu runs the gamut from such traditional dishes as Eggs Florentine and Benedict, through five kinds of French toast to omelets, frittatas and "scrambles" made with everything from crab, asparagus, portobellos or roasted tomato sauce to chorizo or "gyro meat." The Bistro & Café offers a unique combination of upscale food and reservations with a laid-back atmosphere and free Wi-Fi for the hungry blogger.
Beverly Hills Grill 31471 Southfield Rd., Beverly Hills; 248-642-2355; beverlyhillsgrill.com; $: For Sunday brunch, be prepared to wait at the bar for as long as a mimosa or two. But once you get your seat, you can choose from a half-dozen scrambles, omelets and frittatas, from the humble vegetable scramble (mushrooms, leeks, tomatoes, spinach and garlic-herb chevre; can be made with egg whites) to the lobster Cobb omelet (smoked bacon, avocado, tomato, onion and blue cheese). Or go with comforting dishes in which egg is a bit player, such as huevos rancheros, with vegetarian black-bean chili, salsa, whole-wheat tortilla, cholula sour cream, jack cheese and a fried egg. You can always go simple, with two eggs, a choice of meat, skillet potatoes with bacon and scallions, and an English muffin for $8. The grill is great for a Saturday lunch too. With only 80 available seats so much personal attention is given you won't know if you're a suburbanite in Beverly Hills, Mich., or a celebrity in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Breakfast Club 30600 John R, Madison Heights; 248-307-9090; 38467 W. 10 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills; 248-473-0714; see website for Madison Heights and Commerce locations; thebreakfastclubrestaurant.com; $: This eatery is proud of its specialty breakfasts, with a third of its menu devoted to some pretty swanky egg-centric dishes. For the unadventurous egg lover the Breakfast Club menu offers "Just Your Regular Breakfast" which allows customers to order "Two Eggs Your Way" for $5.75. It gets grander from there, with eggs with steak, or atop pancakes, or even on top of layers of hash browns, caramelized onions and melted cheese. They serve quiche with a salad and fruit. There's no Benedict too imaginative for them, as they do eggs Benedict, crab cakes Benedict, smoked salmon Benedict, California Benedict, Tuscan Benedict, even a Southern Benedict (corn muffin bread topped with sausage patties, poached eggs and sausage gravy). And then there's the "Eggstravaganza!" section of the menu, with such omelets as the smoked salmon, spinach-tomato, Wild West, Farmer Connor, Virginia Ham, California, Easter, Kelly's Favorite, crab-asparagus with Hollandaise — and even a "vegetarian." Open 7 a.m.-2 p.m. (until 2:30 p.m. in Farmington Hills) all week long.
Café Marie of Ann Arbor 1759 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor; 734-662-2272; cafemariea2.com; $: You won't find "omelets" on the menu, as the kitchen instead serves creative "eggers," "blends," scrambles and Benedicts. Some have creative names, such as the "Eye-Opener," a blend of bacon, mushrooms and scallions, scrambled with Monterey jack and yellow cheddar; for good measure, it's topped with bacon, more scallions and tomatoes. There's even the "Surf's Up," with crabmeat, dill and cream cheese, as well as the equally appealing "Seafood Bene," with poached eggs, crabmeat, English muffin and Hollandaise sauce. Breakfast available 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Café Muse 418 S. Washington, Royal Oak; 248-544-4749; cafemuseroyaloak.com; $$: Maybe even the word "omelet" has become tired, what with all the local spots dumping the O-word for catchier terms. But it's more than just a name change; the "scrambles" at Café Muse are alive with fresh flavors. And the upscale ingredients — such as ammoglio, crushed garlic, basil and tomatoes — make for a breakfast that impresses. The "exotic mushroom scramble" is a local favorite, rich with truffle oil and a bit of Boursin cheese. It comes with a choice of garlic-roasted fingerling potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes, and a choice of toast (rye, multigrain and sourdough, all bread from Ferndale's Strawberry Moon Bakery) with French jam on the side. Coffee is fair-trade, organic and Brazilian, and espresso is Lavazza Gold from Italy. What's more, the other dishes are likely to have the same amount of careful attention as these five-star day-starters. Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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