High Egg Spectation for a new family cafe

Restaurant profile

July 18, 2002|By Jody K. Vilschick | Jody K. Vilschick,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

On the corner of Route 108 and Snowden River Parkway, Egg Spectation Resto-Cafe opened July 6 and caters to the business community and to families.

"I've got two young children, and as a father, I know what it's like to want to go someplace that's comfortable, but with some pizazz," said Jon Hinkle, one of the restaurant's owners.

Hinkle said that he and his business partner, David Albert, came across Egg Spectation in Canada and were immediately impressed with how well the concept would work in Howard County.

"We looked around at the diners and other restaurants and bagel places in Howard County - they're just jamming," Hinkle said. "There's a real niche waiting to be filled. We can do it with a little more flair."

The restaurant's decor is contemporary industrial, with touches of interesting iron work and artistic blown-glass chandeliers and sconces. As with the menu, there is a lot to look at and consider.

The menu begins with juices, such as Banango (banana and mango blended with orange juice and ice) and Breakfast Blaster (banana, granola and honey blended with orange juice). There is also a variety of coffee drinks, including several espressos and cappuccinos.

If you are there for lunch or dinner, the salads, sandwiches and burgers may interest you.

There's Insalata Caprese (tomatoes, olives, bocconcini cheese and red onions tossed in an olive oil balsamic vinaigrette on romaine lettuce with pesto) and Crab Salad (tossed mixed greens with an olive oil balsamic vinaigrette, tomatoes, cucumbers and jumbo lump crab meat), among others.

The variety of sandwiches and burgers includes Croque Monsieur (ham, tomatoes and Swiss cheese on a baguette), Cobb Club (grilled chicken, Roquefort cheese, bacon, tomatoes, sliced avocado, mayonnaise and lettuce), Bocconcini and Oregano Burger (grilled beef topped with bocconcini cheese, oregano, tomatoes, lettuce and red onions) and Mexican Chicken Burger (grilled chicken breast, sauteed red onions and peppers with lettuce, tomatoes and guacamole).

Other entrees include Cordon Bleu (sauteed chicken breast baked with tomato sauce, Black Forest ham and Roquefort cheese), Parmesan Crusted Chicken (chicken breast dipped in egg whites and coated with parmesan cheese, served on a bed of spinach and tomatoes). Also, pasta dishes such as Linguini Primavera and Penne al Pomodoro are available.

You cannot help but notice the French phrase Le cirque des oeufs in various places - on signs, on napkins and on the menu. The phrase means, literally, circus of eggs.

As the restaurant's name implies, eggs and breakfast dishes (which are served throughout the day) figure prominently on the menu.

There are 10 eggs Benedict dishes, including Boca Raton Benedict (two eggs poached, spinach, guacamole, gruyere cheese with hollandaise sauce) and Chesapeake Benedict (two eggs poached on a bed of jumbo lump crab meat with hollandaise sauce).

Fourteen omelets are available, as well as Yoke Around the Clock (a bagel cut in half, toasted and then grilled, with two sunny-side-up eggs in the bagel's holes, covered with bacon and melted cheese and served with grilled potatoes, toast and a fruit garnish) and Oy Vegg (potato latkes with two eggs, grilled tomatoes and sour cream), among others.

If you're not such a fan of things egg, the menu also offers a variety of choices of pancakes, French toast, waffles, bagels and Crepes Bretonnes.

Although the restaurant's concept is imported from Canada, Hinkle and his partner have taken care to make changes for the American crowd.

"We've tailored the menu to the Maryland crowd, adding crab dishes and some steaks, and surf and turf," Hinkle said. "Crab cakes in Maryland are like spaghetti in Italy."

Egg Spectation Resto-Cafe

Where:6010 University Blvd., corner of Route 108 and Snowden River Parkway; 410-750-3115

Hours:6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday

Prices:$4.49 to $13.99, breakfast; $6.99 to $24.95, lunch and dinner

Credit cards:Visa, MasterCard, Discover

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