On a Sunday, you might encounter a short wait. The host might placate hungry, waiting customers in the lobby with mini banana nut muffins. And if you sneak a peek at the menu while you wait for a table, you might recognize the warning signs that Another Broken Café might be little more than another chain breakfast restaurant, not unlike a Mimi’s Café or a rustic, elevated IHOP.
In the vast menu, house made items are few and far in between. Veggie and sausage patties, Andouille sausage, chorizo and jicama slaw are denoted as being house made on the menu, but beyond those few items, not much else. But, the menu still offers a good mix of egg, omelette, skillet and benedict dishes (ranging from $10-$13) imbued by a blend of Creole, Southern and Southwestern influences. Brunchers seeking healthier options will be pleased by the sizable selection of healthier dishes that include Granola, Fruit and Quinoa and Steel Cut Oats.
If the beverages are a top priority in brunch, you will be well-served at Another Broken Egg. Coffee, served in glazed ceramic mugs emblazoned with the Another Broken Egg logo, is serviceable and the Bloody Marys—well, they come large, stiff enough and buoy a carrot girthy enough for you and Bugs Bunny to share.
If you’re trying to watch your weight like I am, you might order the Skinny Omelette, an omelet made from herbed egg whites, goat cheese, green onions, roasted red peppers and garlic and blanched asparagus. It’s a savory combination that works extremely well; the creamy saltiness of the goat cheese provides a luxurious finish against the springiness of the green onions and blanched asparagus.
And if you like to throw caution to the Weight Watchers wind at brunch, you might opt for the Biscuit and Gravy. Sadly, the dish only comes with one open-faced biscuit. And, by all Southern standards, the biscuit is not particularly fluffy or flaky. Slide your fork over from the biscuit and house made sausage gravy and you’ll encounter the sausage patties—two rather bland, dry rounds. If you’re a Biscuit and Gravy snob, you would be wise to skip Another Broken Egg’s rendition of the Southern breakfast staple.
Another Broken Egg Café maintains several other locations in the Triangle, one in Durham and in Morrisville. The breakfast and brunch restaurant will meet all your brunching needs, but just may not blow your socks off. But in times when you need a decent plate of warm Belgian waffles and a mug of hot coffee, Another Broken Egg Café will do just fine.