Egg Harbor Café
Six metro Atlanta locations
Both locations open 365 days; 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Whether a transplant from another region or a born-bred-and-buttered Southerner, Egg Harbor Café has the menu to please all ages. I’m a mom who loves breakfast, and this is my favorite place to go – hands down. (And a top lunch spot.) Originating in Illinois and Wisconsin, the third-generation family owners recently brought their cozy, country-style café to Georgia.
What’s on the menu: The wide variety of menu items includes omelets, crepes, pancakes, sandwiches and salads. What makes these traditional dishes special? The unexpected choices. You won’t just find the standard Eggs Benedict. Instead, there are four unique versions, such as the Bavarian Benedict (poached eggs, diced bacon, and jack and cheddar cheeses atop crispy potato pancakes), or the Corned Beef Hash Benny (toasted English muffin topped with corned beef hash, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce). A personal favorite: Cassie’s Crepes, with avocado and mushrooms, scrambled eggs and two different cheeses; the Key West Crepe is bursting with fresh fruit, including kiwi and strawberries. Or, choose from a wide selection of ingredients to design your own “scrambler” or “eggceptional skillet” concoction. The salads, such as the chicken pecan Dijon, are delicious, as are the sandwiches – especially the pot roast.
Why parents will like it: Portions are generous without being “super-size.” A gluten-free menu is available as well as accommodations for other food allergies. Prices are reasonable, with most dishes under $10; most kids’ meals are $5 or $6. I also like the “pay it forward” jar kept at the register; each month, this jar holds donation dollars and cents for a different charity – and customers can suggest charities for this opportunity.
Why kids will like it: The “Little Chicks” menu has plenty of yummy and creative choices. My daughter loves the “rainbow pancakes” with mini M&Ms. Just a few other great selections: green eggs and ham, yogurt parfaits, puppy dogs (small hot dogs), or “Captain Mac,” a basic mac-and-cheese served with a side of applesauce and half of an English muffin. Every table offers a small Mason jar filled with assorted colored pencils. There are games and activities on the kids’ menu, and children can also enter the café’s ongoing egg-drawing contest. Each month, the manager chooses two winners who win a free kid’s meal.
– Krissy Williams