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Review: Egg & I - Las Vegas

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TNT Adventures May 10, 2010 11:34 AM

Pictures can be viewed at:

http://tnt-adventures.blogspot.com/

Every time I come to Las Vegas, I always try new places, preferring not to go to the same restaurant again unless the restaurant is that damn good or worth it. For some reason, this rule of mine has been thrown out the window the last 4 times I have been to Las Vegas. I keep coming back to Egg and I to get my breakfast fix and I'm not even a huge breakfast lover.

Similar to the Korean restaurants that use a button to get the waiter's attention or Brazilian BBQ with the green for keep it coming or the red for I am stuffed..."no more!!!" Egg and I has the flip-the-egg sign with the sad face signifying that I am one unhappy egg and need something. And the smiley face side is left to say "I am a happy camper."

Homemade banana nut muffin - complimentary
Took some friends here for their first time and one of our friends took a bite and responded, "The Bomb!" That pretty much sums it up for me too.

Banana pancakes - These pancakes are a must for any banana pancake lover. Fluffy and moist with the perfect amount of bananas strategically placed. The bananas somehow slightly get caramelized adding to the flavor of these pancakes.

Ultimate Skillet - Sausage, ham, bacon, mushroom, onions, tomato, bell pepper, spinach, and eggs any way you like.
The wifey ordered the Ultimate Skillet. Ultimate is the word when describing this skillet. Underneath this meat and veggie mixture is the yummy ranch potatoes. All of these components come together harmoniously to make a delicious and hearty skillet.

Blackened Prime Rib Benny - Grilled croissant with diced prime rib, sauteed spinach, roasted bell peppers and two poached eggs then covered in hollandaise sauce.
I have been to Egg and I four times, and each of the four times I have ordered the Blackened Prime Rib Benny. I love breaking into the poached eggs, allowing the yokes to ooze out. Another favorite of mine is the ranch potatoes. The tots are seasoned with a Lawry like seasoning salt that makes them all the more addicting.

Normally I wouldn't go out of my way for a breakfast or find myself craving it. Great prices, great portions, and great food has me coming back each and every time I come to Las Vegas. Egg and I is not a fancy pants establishment. This place knows what it does and does it well. Large portions and a fulfilling meal is what you get here. I'll be here next time I'm in Vegas. See you soon Egg and I!!

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Egg & I
4533 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102

  1. shamu613 May 12, 2010 09:48 PM

    I knew there was something I forgot to mention, When the waitress came to take our order I asked if the hollandaise sauce was real hollandaise? She said it was home made. And then offered to bring me a sample.

    I always question whether hollandaise is real or not after seeing number 10 cans of it sold at Smart & Final. Hollandaise is one of the mother sauces of basic French cuisine and consist of nothing more than egg yolk and butter. Seasonings typically include salt, lemon juice cayenne and white pepper. Like Emeril often says: It ain't rocket science.

    Waitress brings the sample and the first thing I do is smell it. Mild chicken aroma. Tasting reveals lots of salt and a hint of lemon. So I ask my friend if he's a fan of hollandaise sauce. He doesn't really know what it is. So I ask him to taste it and tell me what he thinks. He says it's like a mild lemony chicken gravy.

    Pretty much confirms what I'm tasting. So I double check the menu while waiting for the waitress to come back. It states: " ... with our exceptional hollandaise sauce."

    Ah HA!

    If the menu simply states hollandaise sauce, then it's likely to be the real thing. *IF* there's any grammatical modifier preceding hollandaise (Our hollandaise sauce, special hollandaise sauce, our own hollandaise sauce, etc.) than I am certain that what comes out of the kitchen is unlikely to contain much butter and no fresh egg yolk. In other words, if the restaurant modifies the words hollandaise sauce, then they are unlikely to be serving fresh, real hollandaise sauce.

    If you want an eggs benedict with real hollandaise sauce, then the next time you're in town try go to Bouchon, Verandah, Peppermill, Jerry's Nugget Coffee Shop or my favorite, Weiss Deli in Henderson.

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    Bouchon
    3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

    Verandah
    3960 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89119

    Jerry's Famous Coffee Shop
    1821 Las Vegas Blvd N, North Las Vegas, NV 89030

    Weiss Restaurant Deli Bakery
    2744 N Green Valley Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89014

    Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge
    2985 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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    1. re: shamu613
      t
      TNT Adventures May 12, 2010 11:05 PM

      shamu613 - You are one thorough restaurant reviewer. Thanks for the investigative work on the hollandaise sauce. Been to Bouchon and indeed do enjoy it. I'll make sure to try to give those other places you mentioned a try, that's if I don't end up returning to Egg and I.

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      Bouchon
      3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

    2. t
      TNT Adventures May 11, 2010 03:32 PM

      Wonginator - thanks for the info on Egg Works and the links too.

      Shamu - If you don't like those potatoes, I suggest you don't give Egg and I another try. They are still using the same ones with the same seasoning. Not sure if they are Sysco ones though. To me they are like mini cubed french fries with seasoning. I actually quite enjoy the potatoes with the seasoning salt. To each his own.

      Check out the pics from my blog link to see the potatoes.

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      Egg Works
      9355 W Flamingo Rd Ste 3, Las Vegas, NV 89147

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      1. re: TNT Adventures
        shamu613 May 12, 2010 05:30 PM

        I went there today on the basis of your strong review. Here's my take on it.

        I had eggs and chicken fried steak with gravy on the side. The muffin isn't so much complimentary as it is an alternative to toast. Eggs over easy were perfectly and i mean PERFECTLY cooked. Chicken fried steak was wonderful as was the gravy. And you are right, they are still using the same potatoes. Just like you said... really really short french fries with season salt. The muffin was small and didn't taste much like banana nut, but it was acceptable and a nice change.

        Service was impeccable and I appreciate the carafes of extra coffee on the tables.

         
         
         
        1. re: shamu613
          t
          TNT Adventures May 12, 2010 09:27 PM

          Shamu613 - Glad you were able to make it back to Egg and I. I wasn't sure you were willing to give it another shot since you didn't like the potatoes from the previous visit. Thanks for reporting back and with pictures too.

      2. shamu613 May 10, 2010 11:36 PM

        I'm a big fan of breakfast potatoes and didn't enjoy the ones served at EGG & I and its sister restaurant. I'll give them anther try, but if if they are still using the same Sysco cube cut, deep fried and seasoned with Lawrys seasoning salt potatoes, I'm going to be annoyed.

        1. t
          TNT Adventures May 10, 2010 05:14 PM

          Wonginator - Always some sort of wait. Never more than about 15 minutes or so though. Haven't had a chance to go to Egg Works yet. Is it any different than Egg and I?

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          Egg Works
          9355 W Flamingo Rd Ste 3, Las Vegas, NV 89147

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          1. re: TNT Adventures
            w
            Wonginator May 11, 2010 10:43 AM

            The menus do seem to be different. On my last visit to Egg Works, I had something called a Sunrise Mountain, an open-faced omelette with eggs on top and ham, sausage, cheese. The one at Egg & I seems to be a stuffed croissant. There are probably other different items, too.

            I've added links to their menus on the Chowhound links.

            1. re: Wonginator
              w
              Wonginator May 11, 2010 05:09 PM

              Meant to say open-faced croissant in the description for the Sunrise Mountain.

              1. re: Wonginator
                t
                TNT Adventures May 11, 2010 09:08 PM

                That makes a little more sense to me. The Prime Rib Benny is actually an open face croissant as well. Thanks for the clarification.

          2. w
            Wonginator May 10, 2010 04:59 PM

            I've enjoyed both Egg & I and its sister restaurant, Egg Works. Lines can sometimes be crazy, as it seems to be very popular whenever I visit. Was there any wait during your most recent visit?

            Adding links.

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            Egg & I
            4533 W Sahara Ave Ste 5, Las Vegas, NV 89102

            Egg Works
            9355 W Flamingo Rd Ste 3, Las Vegas, NV 89147

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