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“Eggstra-Ordinary Breakfast!”
Review of Egg Harbor Cafe

Egg Harbor Cafe
Ranked #4 of 135 Restaurants in Wheaton
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Good for: Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: With 18 restaurants in Illinois, Wisconsin and Georgia, Egg Harbor Café serves the best breakfast and lunch around! Enjoy gourmet egg specialties, scramblers, skillets, frittatas, pancakes, roll-ups, sandwiches, soups, salads and more in a charming, inviting atmosphere at Egg Harbor Café. At Egg Harbor Café, you will find great service and eggs-traordinary breakfast and lunch creations – along with a children's menu, daily specials and seasonal menu selections, a gluten free menu, and delicious catering fare. You can always find healthy choices at Egg Harbor Café. Each location is available to host your showers, meetings and special fundraising events. Ask EHC Wheaton managers Doug Hager or Radeance Fenske for details.
Hobart, Indiana
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230 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Eggstra-Ordinary Breakfast!”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Took my daughter and 4 grandchildren ( ages 2-9) out for breakfast at their favorite place and my first visit! What a cute establishment. The menu had a wide variety of offerings! So, imagine being with 4 little ones each wanting something different. Our server was prompt (thank goodness) because there was an active 2-year old in the high chair. Each of us placed our order and the food was delivered timely, hot and tasty. Drinks were always refilled and I enjoyed a carafe of delicious coffee while enjoying my 3-egg omelette and interacting with all the "little people". This place is in downtown Wheaton, staff was accommodating, food was great, atmosphere was awesome. I'm coming back and, if you are ever in the area, check it out...it is "Egg===ceptional"!

Mary M.
Hobart, IN

  • Visited June 2014
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chicago,il
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“The BEST place to go for breakfast or casual lunch!”
Reviewed 4 March 2014 via mobile

Egg Harbor is by far my family's favorite breakfast and lunch spot in Wheaton! Everything on the menu is delicious and the staff is friendly and efficient.

  • Visited January 2014
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Pasadena, California
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56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Amazing breakfast”
Reviewed 13 February 2014

Food was very good. Fresh ingredients, quickly delivered and a very good value. Best breakfast in a long time. Nice people too.

Visited January 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“nice place for quick lunch”
Reviewed 1 January 2014

I was there to grab a small lunch. It was just as I expected. It was decent and filling, certainly not "haute cuisine".
You won't go wrong eating there, but then again don't have high expectations.

  • Visited December 2013
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“Not the Egg Harbor Cafe of other reviews”
Reviewed 24 December 2013

Because of all the other positive reviews of the Wheaton location of Egg Harbor Cafe (#2 restaurant in all of Wheaton!), we (4 people) decided to go for our annual Christmas Eve brunch. To say the least, we were not thrilled.

ATMOSPHERE:
We arrived a few minutes before our reservation time and they were quite busy, but we got our table immediately despite the waiting line which was a nice start. Now, I realize it was a busy holiday and expected it to be pretty crowded, and it was, but it had to be about the noisiest place I've ever eaten. I chalk it up to the interior which has a high metal ceiling which probably amplifies every sound, rather than a softer, acoustic-type ceiling material which would absorb sound better. Seriously, it was like a VERY noisy sports bar during a game broadcast, except that the one we go to sometimes, even when it's crowded, isn't nearly that loud.

SERVICE
Two of us who came in first were seated immediately. The waiter said he'd be right with us. The other two in our party who were parking the car arrived a few minutes later. Usually at a breakfast place, the wait staff promptly stop by to get coffee/drink orders, but we then waited for quite a while until our waiter made a 2nd appearance in the dining room to take our orders.

Then, "the Decaf Incident" happened. My spouse ordered decaf and when the waiter came back with the coffees and started to pour hers, she asked him, just to be sure, if it was decaf. (She's ordered decaf before only to get the real thing, so she checks.) He very sarcastically said he "thought she was joking" and went out of his way to comment about it a few more times, like we besmirched his family name or something. We must have breached sacred breakfast-place protocol because he made quite a big deal of it, like he was really insulted, and he wasn't joking. We thought that rather odd.

Otherwise, he did a fine job with the orders, everything was correct and he was ever-present, but that put us off a bit, unfortunately.

FOOD
This is of course entirely personal preference, but I enjoy nothing more at a breakfast place than a great, homemade corned beef hash. I make my own (spectacular!) with our annual St. Patrick's Day dinner leftovers at home, and so it's a treat for me on the occasions when we do go out for breakfast, which isn't often. They don't have corned beef hash at any of the local Egg Harbor locations which means we'd likely not repeat there, UNLESS we were really bowled over by other items, which we weren't, sadly.

So in lieu of my usual, I got the Matt's Meaty Skillet, described in the menu as "loaded with bacon, ham and sausage." It was nowhere close. There was VERY little meat in my Meaty. There was easily 3 times as much potato as the combined meats. The "Harbor potatoes" are fine and all, and they were plentiful, but I didn't order (or expect) a skillet "loaded with potatoes" and then sprinkled lightly with meat. And I had to look carefully to see the jack and cheddar cheese topping as there wasn't much of that, either. Everyone else's egg-based dishes - an omelette, a Rösti, and a different skillet - were all very ordinary according to the others in our party. Worse, our food was just warm, English muffins included, like perhaps it had sat for a bit before being picked up. Nothing makes a so-so dish more unappealing than when it's simply not hot. That's something very basic any restaurant should get right, IMO. Their coffee was good, so there's that.

Oh, and as all the breakfast dishes are served with their English muffins, I expected them to be very special, like it's "their thing." But they're just average store-bought English muffins.

SUMMARY
So, as a clever reader would have already guessed, we weren't that happy with our trip to the Cafe. Our day wasn't ruined or anything because of it, but it wasn't the nice experience out together that we look forward to for our Christmas brunch. Afterwards, I recalled that I'd been to their Geneva location several years ago but we had never returned because I don't think it wasn't all that great, either. We'd probably not return to any of their locations but we'll try somewhere new next time we dine out for breakfast.

  • Visited December 2013
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