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By Andrew Kochirka staff blogger
Food has been an integral part of Andrew's life from a young age; from cooking with his mother and grandmother to creating recipes in his own kitchen. Now he scours the area's non-chain restaurant scene to find the best of the best of local food from chicken wings to French cuisine.   Read more about this blog.
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The Breakfast Place

What a crazy week for breakfast.  For the past two weeks, Taki’s Restaurant has had a strong showing in votes, coming in second both times.  I was convinced that’s where I was headed this week.  Voters had something else in mind and two other contenders got their chance in the ring.  All week, The Breakfast Place and Lorie’s Wildridge Restaurant were going back and forth, competing for the top spot.  When the poll closed on Sunday morning, Lorie’s had managed to squeak ahead by two votes.  I was thrilled about this.  I had never been there and have only heard fantastic reviews.  My excitement was ripped away in a hurry.  When I looked up the address, I also discovered that they are closed Sundays and Mondays.  What a disappointment.  Instead of wasting all of the votes cast this week, I decided to eat at The Breakfast Place, 2340 E 38th St.

When Amanda and I got to The Breakfast Place, the line was out the door.  I have been there many times, and almost every there time was a wait for a table.  Good food is hard to keep secret.  One of the first times I ate there, I got the full frittata, which easily conquered me.  I ended up with half of it at home in my fridge.  Once we were seated, all I could think about was getting my revenge.  I asked our server what she recommended, and sure enough, the frittata topped the list.  She informed me that the full order was a lot of food and to only get it if I was really hungry.  I went with the full frittata and Amanda ordered the Cajun eggs.

The Cajun eggs looked amazing.  Two basted eggs on a bed of home fries, chopped onions, sliced ham and mushroom, topped with cheese and Cajun spices.  Basted eggs are a lot like poached eggs but are typically cooked in oil or butter instead of being boiled in water.  The hot butter/oil is spooned on top of the egg, cooking it on both sides.  The potatoes were nice and crispy and added great texture to the softness of the veggies and eggs.

Now to my food:  The frittata included fresh-ground sausage, diced green and red bell peppers, chopped onion, sliced mushroom, and home fries all mixed in a three egg scramble and topped with mozzarella and hot pepper rings.  Phew, that was a mouthful.  My goal was to finish it all, and finish it I did.  I think I did a job that would have made Adam Richman proud.  I included some photos as proof.  It really was a challenge, but a very good one.  I loved the zip the pickled hot pepper rings gave it, so I ended up getting an extra bowl of them to add a few more.  The potatoes absorbed a lot of the moisture from the veggies and eggs, but they were still good.  The Italian sausage had just the right amount of spice and went well with everything.

Thank you to our server as well as the owner, Joe Mancuso, for everything.  Maybe I will have the chance to someday try Lorie’s, but The Breakfast Place was far too good to come in as a runner-up.

Until next time,

Andrew – Beard vs. Food

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