Review: Jimmy's Egg
Rating: Two and a half forks out of four
Where: 7777 E. 21st St., 316-688-6900
Hours: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily
Type of food: Breakfast, lunch
Web site: www.jimmysegg.com
Wichita can't get enough breakfast.
Just witness the eternal lines at any restaurant with the word "egg" in the name (and at IHOP) on weekend mornings.
Now, there's a new "egg" restaurant that might ease some of the lines, at least on the east side.Jimmy's Egg opened in mid-November in the space at 21st and Rock Road formerly occupied by Roly Poly.
The restaurant is part of a new franchise based in Oklahoma City, and owners are planning more Jimmy's Eggs all over town - including restaurants at Central and Tyler and at Harry and Rock.
ON THE MENU: Jimmy's Egg (no relation to Jimmy's Diner, despite persistent rumors) serves traditional breakfast items as well as a few unique creations. Ditto on lunch. Breakfast is served any time and lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
DON'T-MISS DISHES: Ask any Jimmy's staffer what to order and you'll likely get the same answer.Garbage.
Jimmy's "garbage" breakfast, a piled-high concoction of hash browns topped with bell pepper, crumbly sausage and two eggs to order (with a side of toast or biscuit and gravy), is said to be the most popular item on the menu. At $5.99, it was certainly filling and pretty tasty, despite the bizarre texture of the crumbly sausage.
Not in the mood for garbage? Jimmy's Egg also has standard eggs, bacon, pancakes, French toast and a long list of inventive omelets, including a five-egger ($8.29) cooked with 10 ingredients of choice.
Other unique dishes include a chorizo breakfast ($5.49), made with a mixture of spicy chorizo sausage and scrambled eggs and served with picante and a side of potatoes. The dish was delicious and might have been even more so if the tortillas served on the side hadn't been too hard to chew.
The eggs Benedict ($6.49) also had promise but was undone by an overcooked poached egg on one portion and an anemic fruit bowl that was the only side offering.
We also tried pigs in a blanket ($4.79), three sausage links "cuddled" inside three pancakes and topped with a light dusting of powdered sugar. They were tasty, if a bit hard to eat, but could have used some sort of side. (Though the price is low enough that most diners could easily afford to order a side item a la carte.)
Also on the delicious-but-skimpy list was a king club deluxe sandwich ($6.79) from the lunch menu. The ingredients, including some nicely crisp bacon, were all good. There just weren't much of them. The sandwich - served with a side of fries - is pretty small.
AMBIENCE: The restaurant is bright, cozy and nicely arranged. It's decorate d with warm wall colors and furnished with comfortable booths and tables that can accommodate large or small parties. Diners in the back of the restaurant have a view of the open kitchen, and there are a few bar-style counter seats available facing the kitchen.
PRICE RANGE: Breakfast dishes range from $4.29 to $6.89. Lunch items, including burgers and diner items like chicken-fried steak, are $5.79 to $7.79.
SERVICE: Jimmy's Egg is well-staffed and organized. Greeters ably handle the crowds, and the servers are friendly and knowledgeable.