This was our second breakfast visit to the immensely popular Blue's Egg with the last coming in December 2010, mere months after the restaurant was opened. At that time I feasted on a grandly stuffed with shredded ham Blue's Egg Classic Benedict and was only able to eat one of the two muffin, poached egg, shredded ham and hollandaise sauce "mountains".
At this visit the volume of shredded ham on the Classic Benedict was about 25% of that on our prior visit and I had only moderate difficulty consuming the entire meal. The "browned" hash brown portion was immense and this crisp and chewy offering was outstanding and took up the space in my stomach where the Classic Benedict came up short.
We arrived at 9:15 am on a sunny and cool Saturday to encounter a "full crowd scene" both outside the restaurant and inside queued up in and around the hostess stand. It took several minutes just to get through the throng of humanity to get to the hostess stand and when I did I was informed the wait would be 35 to 40 minutes for my party of two. I overheard another group being told that the wait for their party of six would be 60 minutes. Suspecting that we would eventually be "overfed", we headed off for a walk around the neighborhood to check out the businesses, homes, schools and churches that lined N. 76th street south of Bluemound Road.
We returned about 20 minutes later to discover that our number had been called and we were then given preference for the next table for two, which happened in a couple minutes. It was about 9:35 am, and the number of patrons milling about the hostess stand had been drastically reduced from a mere 20 minuted earlier. There were still quite a few folks outside of the restaurant sitting at outdoor tables and presumed to be waiting to be called. We were delighted that the wait was nearly one half of the originally stated time, but also perturbed that the wait estimate was so far off. We couldn't help but think the "under promising, over delivering" approach drove off many hungry patrons who were not willing to wait up to 1 hours to be seated for breakfast.
Our waiter Josh, was attentive and knew the intimate details of the cocktail menu as well as the breakfast menu. His service was prompt and efficient but not rushed, a must when tables need to be turned to serve the hungry masses willing to wait to be seated for an upscale breakfast. The great majority of breakfast menu items exceeded $10, but in defense of Blue's Egg, the portions were substantial, offering the rare combination of quality and quantity in breakfast fare.
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