Another Broken Egg Cafe (ABEC) officially cracks its doors open Monday, November 10 at 7am at 3450 Rigby Road at Austin Landing. The cafe bills itself as an upscale, breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch restaurant and will be open daily until 2pm, closing only on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The restaurant has seats for about 120 guests inside and when weather cooperates, they’ll have patio seating for another 36 guests.
I was lucky enough to take part in the sneak peek for charity, which served as practice dining for the staff this past Thursday through Sunday and raised over $10,000 for United Rehabilitation Services. We were able to sample the Southern-inspired dishes, starting with appetizers such as biscuit beignets dipped in powdered sugar and honey marmalade, and baked brie delight with apples, pecans and raisins sauteed in Grand Marnier and butter over brie cheese and toasted French bread.
The company’s philosophy that “Nothing Short of Right is Right” was on display at the preview. With fresh faced, eager servers, managers that were quick to correct and nonstop visits to keep coffee mugs full, the service was payed serious attention. As described on their website “Each restaurant is managed by hands-on owners who believe that every detail is important to make the customer happy. So from the time you enter the front door to the time you leave the Cafe, you should feel like you’re on a relaxing vacation and as comfortable as you would be in your own home.”
There are six varieties of eggs benedict, 11 gourmet omelette choices, an exceptional signature Bananas Foster over Belgian waffles, French toast or sweet potato pancakes, southern crabstack, along with handcrafted burgers, specialty sandwiches and fresh salads on the menu.
Prices on the menu vary from $3.29 for blackberry grits to 10.99 for the fried green tomatoes appetizers, traditional egg breakfasts start at $7.69, omelettes range from $10- $15, salads, burgers and sandwiches run about $9-$12.
Furthermore, ABEC’s Healthy Side menu, which includes granola, fruit & quinoa for $10.99, gluten friendly jumbo pancakes for $7.99, the skinny omelette, steel cut oats, just $4.99 and simply salmon or chicken, are all option for a healthy start to your day.
While I didn’t have a chance to taste it, we were told ABEC has an award winning bloody mary, made with house infused vodka, habanera peppers and spices, (perhaps they’ll join our MostMetro.com Bloody Mary Showdown in 2015). But it’s good to know you can add a refreshing mimosa, bellini or liquor laced coffee to your brunch here, which differentiates ABEC from most other area breakfast eateries.
The restaurant represents the first Ohio franchise of this Louisiana based award-winning restaurant concept. Local franchise owner Mike Craddick, who also has four local Five Guys Burger franchises, is planning at least three more restaurants in the Cincinnati-Dayton area.
Another Broken Egg Cafe is a leader in the morning restaurant sector with 37 restaurants to date across the southeast United States, California and Indiana. Ron Green founded the first ABE Cafe in 1996 on Girod Street in Old Mandeville, Louisiana. For more information about the restaurant locations, the history of ABEC and complete menus, please visit www.anotherbrokenegg.com