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Apr 18, 2007 11:35 AM

Egg on top - new trend?

Lately I've been reading about sunny side up (runny) eggs on top of gourmet pizza, burgers. I had a wonderful pan seared fish dish at Lucques (in LA) with an egg on top. Is this the new sundried tomato, truffle, foie gras thing? Eggs on top?

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  1. I am not sure how new of a trend it is, I had seen a burger @ a bar I used to live near that had a cheeseburger with a egg on top on the menu for the last few years, but I was never "brave" enough to try it.

    I recently had a burger at Red Robin and went for the one with the egg on top of it, and it was an excellent burger, the texture, the flavor of the egg, and running yolk added alot to the burger. I had to make one at home for myelf at home for lunch on Saturday, and it was even better. I am a fan now.

    I dont know about the other items you mentioned, but if they are anywhere near as good as the burger concept I am all for them.

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    1. re: swsidejim

      As far as I know, an egg was the original burger condiment.

      1. re: kindofabigdeal

        I am angry at myself that I have been missing out for so long on this additon to the perfect burger.

      2. re: swsidejim

        Runny egg on rice with a burger paddy and gravy = loco moco.

        BTW, isn't there an old saying, "what do you want, egg in your beer?" It's probably trendy since it makes things instantly rich.

        1. re: ML8000

          Actually, an old school hangover cure is a redeye - tomato juice, hot sauce, beer and a raw egg.

          1. re: mojoeater

            Not that I can relay to. Tried it on a burger YUCK! sorry, no anything for me, just gross. Now on hash OK, Also, had it on a steak with the right gravy and the right sides and it was good ... but just on a steak. Why? Got to have the ride sides and things to go along.

            Hangover cure with egg, absolutely. College 101.

            Now I did have a ham steak once, grilled onions, great roll, fried egg, sunny side up, cheese and that was good. Otherwise ... burger ... no thank you for me. Maybe sausage or something else but no burger.

          2. re: ML8000

            Seeing this thread...esp the mention of loco moco...made me hungry for spam loco. Went to Maui Hawaiian BBQ for lunch and order just that! Fried egg on spam & rice! Mmmm...island plate decadence!

            1. re: OCAnn

              thats the best breakfast in my opinion! try it with fried goteburg sausage (common on the islands) as well

              1. re: kirinraj

                Can you please recommend a good Loco in Oahu... I have yet to have one I would like order again. The idea of it I like.... but the exaction has so far been underwhelming... I stopped ordering them now.

                1. re: Eat_Nopal

                  Never been to Oahu, but if you're ever in Kauai, my cousins say that the Tip Top Hotel has the best loco moco in Lihue

                  1. re: Eat_Nopal

                    You might try Alan Wong's Pineapple Room or Kaka'ako Kitchen for loco moco if you haven't found one you like so far. The key ingredient in a loco moco is the gravy so a place with a little refinement might help. The problem with many plate lunch joints is canned gravy or heavy corn starch..tasteless goop on rice and egg is just that. Other option is find a good old fashion place that serves both loco moco and roast beef/prime rib, where they use the same gravy. Ray's Cafe might be one of those places.

                    1. re: ML8000

                      Ray's Cafe. Have not been to this location but they serve real prime rib...for breakfast even and cheap and huge. If they use that gravy on a lm...could be good.

                      Rays Cafe
                      2033 N King St, Honolulu, HI 96819

                      1. re: ML8000

                        Kaka'ako kitchen is one of the versions I didn't like. Really, there was nothing wrong with it... it just wasn't very compelling. The patty is usually boring... and like you mentioned the gravy is rarely good.

                        Its a dish a really want to enjoy as I have always been a big fan of similar dishes... the Bi Bim Bap (sp?), Burgers with a fried egg, Chile Fries with a Fried, Chilaquiles with a fried egg, CFS with a fried egg, Milanesa with a fried egg etc., etc.,

                        1. re: Eat_Nopal

                          The thing is the lm is institutionalized so to find compelling, you have to go upscale or downscale from scratch/home cooking style like Pineapple room or total hole in the wall. I thought KK might have it. You're right about the patty..usually prefab or frozen which doesn't break up and mix well, absorb the egg or gravy well.

                    2. re: kirinraj

                      BTW... eons before ever stepping into a Zippy's I started ordering Chil Cheese Fries with a Fried Egg on Top... I am not sure if I saw it somewhere or just had the feeling it had to be classic somewhere.

                2. re: swsidejim

                  I've seen the egg on the burger thing more often these days, but I have been ordering it for almost 20 years. They had it at an Irish diner near where I lived. I thought it was incredibly delicious. I'm glad that more restaurants are offering that option.

                  1. re: swsidejim

                    the aussies have been doing the egg (and beetroot of course) with burgers for a while ;-)

                      1. re: toastnjam

                        So have the...


                        And didn't Bourdain have a Boar Anus burger topped with a fried egg in Zimbabwe? Or was that a Pork "Oyster"?

                        Seriously... people everywhere in the world have been adding Fried Eggs to fried & grilled meat dishes since Antiquity. It has been just as popular in the States as anywhere else for at least 100 years... but I believe it went out of fashion in the 80s & 90s as people thought it was a bit tacky... but it now has its rightful place... and we can put together millions of stories of how the Fried Egg on Top never fully left American gastronomic culture.

                        1. re: Eat_Nopal

                          Yup, nothing like a lomo montado in Bolivia.

                  2. When I was in Paris in the early 90's, I remember going to a local pizza joint and being appalled that they served my pizza with a sunny side egg in the middle. Perhaps it's just Americans trying to be more European?

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                    1. re: mojoeater

                      Yeh, I think you are right, mojoeater. I have seen a sunny side egg on pizza many years ago, and I think it was quite common in England (I think). So it is definitely not new.

                      I thought we also have sunny side egg on burger in many diners as well? May be it is more common as a "breakfast" burger but has extended to become more mainstream?

                      Now sunny side up on fish? That's the first time I have heard of this.

                      1. re: kobetobiko

                        I think the one-eyed burger was traditionally over hard. Didn't see runny yolks on burgers until recently.

                        1. re: kobetobiko

                          The fish thing is not mainstream at this point (I don't think). It also had pancetta in the sauce - so maybe it was breakfast fish. Best fish I've ever eaten though.

                          1. re: kobetobiko

                            Yum - I love a nice sunny side egg on top of fish! Particularly nice on salmon and crab cakes. Did egg on top of blue marlin, on toast, for breakfast a couple of days ago.

                          2. re: mojoeater

                            I had the same experience in the 60's. they called anything with an egg on top of it it "_________ Bismark".

                            1. re: howboy

                              I wonder the provenance of the name? "Holstein" is the egg with the schnitzel...maybe Otto was from that German state?

                            2. re: mojoeater

                              they are still serving pizza's with the sunny side egg in Paris, it's pretty par for the course

                                1. re: orangewasabi

                                  In Brazil too - my favorite pizza place in Rio, Cappriciosa, has one with prosciutto, mushrooms, and an egg in the middle. yum.

                                  1. re: cookie monster

                                    Not to mention the burgers Cariocas order from street carts until the wee hours of the morning. My brother and I had one in Lapa around 1 in the morning, "com tudo," which included the egg on top. Yum!

                                  2. re: orangewasabi

                                    There is a Washington D.C. chain called Pizza Paradiso that makes a pizza with Tomato, Egg, Garlic, Parsley, Parmesan, Bottarga. It's awesome to sit on the stools overlooking the kitchen - They simply crack a raw egg on top of the pizza as they throw it into the wood-burning, stone oven.

                                2. Not new at all. You've obviously never set foot in a Fatburger.

                                  1. Well, khachapouri has been around forever (ok, at least, for quite a while now).

                                    1. Sunny side egg on top of pizza is pretty standard in Italy. Maybe we are just catching onto a good thing that the rest of the world enjoyed.

                                      Plus my fav from Hawaii is Loco Moco - eggs on hamburger on top of rice covered with brown gravy.

                                      Also chinese bbq pork on rice can also come with a still runny egg yolk.

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                                      1. re: notmartha

                                        Or a raw egg cracked on top of hot fried rice ... yum.

                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                          In Mexico often plain rice is served with an egg on top.

                                          Various cultures use egg on pizza

                                          In Brazil a burger called an xtudo has an egg ... plus the rest of the kitchen cabinet.

                                          It just might be a trend in the US ... but even so, I've seen it more. Egg on pizza is a few years old in SF.

                                          I don't remember egg on fish either. I've had breakfast eggs with fish on the side.

                                            1. re: Non Cognomina

                                              And, lets not forget the always delicious egg drop soup ...

                                            2. re: ipsedixit

                                              That reminds me - there's a chow fun dish that's loosely translated as silky/slippery eggs with beef.

                                              It's beef slices stir-fried with onions and eggs in a white sauce. Ultra yummy!

                                              Have to say though I love runny egg yolks, but don't like runny whites.