Egg Harbor Café: Country kitsch for breakfast

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-118539044520118.jpg’, ‘Photo by Rachel Fisher’, ‘Egg Harbor Café, 1603 N. Alpine Road inside Edgebrook Center, is open 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m.‘);

For readers familiar with the suburbs, Egg Harbor Café may be old news. The newest addition to the Edgebrook Center at Alpine and Highcrest has 12 other locations in the Chicago area. I spoke with Egg Harbor’s host, Shawna, about her family’s connection to the quaint breakfast boutique.

She offered: “Both my parents are big breakfast eaters. Any time we went on vacation, we had to find the best place for breakfast.”

Rather than search high and low, Shawna’s father, Jack Light, decided to open his own restaurant.

The first Egg Harbor Café opened in Hinsdale, Ill., in 1985. The stores immediately took off, thanks to the quirky decor provided by Shawna’s mother and the menu filled with family-friendly gourmet food.

So to try out Egg Harbor, I brought my family. It took me forever to figure out what I wanted. They offer breakfast and lunch selections all day. Their breakfast offerings range from the standard “Two Eggs, And… potatoes, bacon or sausage with an English muffin,” to the more adventurous “Lola’s Lobster Salad Crépes” stuffed with lobster salad and asparagus. Their menu offers a plethora of healthy delights. Many items come with fresh fruit, and most of their fruit juices are fresh-squeezed.

Oddly enough, I could NOT figure out what I wanted on their breakfast menu, and decided on a lunch option instead. I tried their Malibu, a chicken sandwich on a croissant with loads of other goodies on the side. My mom tried one of their specials, a half-sandwich and a bowl of homemade soup, and we all had to laugh as my brother attempted to navigate their BLT. It may not sound like a feat, but Egg Harbor’s version of the BLT may look strange to some. An English muffin comes on the side of a baby head of lettuce, cored and stuffed with diced bacon and tomatoes. It’s great for those of you still on the Atkin’s kick, and a good laugh for your tablemates.

Egg Harbor Café is open 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. They are in the Edgebrook Center, next to Ace Hardware. Believe it or not, this location once served as a video store! They expanded their seating to include an outdoor café during the warmer months, and timed their opening to coincide with the Farmers’ Market that Edgebrook hosts every Wednesday morning.

If you’re heading into Chicago, look for the other 12 Egg Harbor locations across the ’burbs, with three more locations to come.

For more information, log on to their Web site at, visit them at 1603 N. Alpine Road, or call (815) 399-2650.

from the July 25-31, 2007, issue

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