7655 Old Hammond Hwy
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Open Daily for Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cuisine Rouge Rating:
On a lazy Saturday morning, Chad and I decided that we'd do brunch at Another Broken Egg, a cafe specializing in a multitude of breakfast items as well as standard brunch and lunch fare. Upon arrival, we immediately noticed that the place was bustling with activity and the parking lot was practically full. We luckily found a spot in an add-on gravel lot in the back of the restaurant. The restaurant itself gives off the air of a quaint country French inn. It's roomy inside and yet gives the visitor that "cozy" feeling. The interior is very unique for a Baton Rouge restaurant and I loved it. Our wait was a short ten minutes and then we were seated upstairs in a cozy loft-like area that looked down on the restaurant. I immediately imagined our tray of food being dropped as it was carried upstairs, but my fears were alleviated as I watched full tray after full tray being sturdily carted upstairs with little difficulty.
Our waitress came to the table promptly to take our drink orders and we ordered two cups of coffee which arrived quickly in very cute earthenware mugs with the restaurant logo on them (which I recently learned you can purchase on their website). The waitress also set a full pitcher of water with lemon on the table which she left there. I looked around and noticed that every table had it's own pitcher of water and thought that it was a really nice touch. Another cheery addition was the small vase of fresh flowers as our table centerpiece.
The menu is definitely a big one and there are an overwhelming myriad of breakfast and brunch choices including an extensive list of omelette creations that feature everything from seafood to chicken to garden fresh veggies. Although an omelette seemed like a great brunch choice, I was intrigued by the pancakes (being an enthusiastic pancake lover and always in search of the best pancakes in Baton Rouge) and decided I would order their stack of three. The single pancake is listed as "plate size" and then underneath "stack of three pancakes" is listed. I assumed they would be the standard six or so inches in diameter. I also chose to add an order of scrambled eggs and bacon because I didn't want to eat at Another Broken Egg without trying their namesake. I saw that the restaurant offered a specialty item of blackberry grits which also sounded quite interesting, so I ordered those as well. Chad ordered the Crabcakes Cavallo which the menu described as freshly made crabcakes, benedict style with two poached eggs and smothered in a hollandaise sauce that is infused with andouille sausage and a hint of scallion served with country potatoes on the side.
I don't think ten minutes had even passed before we saw a waiter ascending the staircase with our food. I was stunned at how quickly we received our food. And then came my second "stun" of the morning. A platter of three pancakes, each one larger than my head, were placed before me. My eyes nearly popped out of my skull at the sight of them. My initial thought was "What is this? Man Vs. Food? (or should I say 'Woman Vs. Food?')" I was absolutely shocked at the size of these pancakes. I was also presented with my scrambled eggs and bacon, a nice-sized portion, and my blackberry grits which consisted of a bowl of plain grits with a small ramekin of blackberries in their natural juices on the side. Chad's plate was made up of two little towers of english muffin halves, topped with crabcake, poached egg and hollandaise. The dish was garnished with diced red bellpeppers and scallions. The cakes were served in a dish that resembled a ceramic skillet that was atop a larger dish. The skillet was surrounded by their country potatoes which were cube-style hashbrowns. It was a very beautiful presentation.
I ate my salty items first. The eggs were superbly cooked, quite fluffy and flavorful. The two slices of bacon were both crisp and juicy - not overcooked and shriveled. I assumed I was supposed to stir the blackberries into the grits and did so. The blackberry grits had a very interesting flavor, although I did add a little sugar to my dish to enhance the sweetness of the berries. Finally I tackled the pancakes. I must say that I think I may have found the city's best pancakes by far. Somehow, and I don't know how they did it, the pancakes managed to have a slight "donut" flavor to them. I know it sounds wacky, but I asked Chad to taste a piece and he thought the same. They were fluffy with a great texture and absolutely delicious served with warm maple syrup. My initial complaint was that the syrup was a bit on the thin side, but then I saw how well it soaked into the pancake (which meant a less likelihood of drips onto my shirt) and I liked that aspect of it. I could barely finish one of the pancakes. They were scrumptious and I was definitely taking home a to-go box to enjoy them for Sunday morning breakfast.
Chad absolutely loved the crabcakes cavallo and announced that he is adding it to his list of the best dishes in Baton Rouge. He said it had a distinctive cajun flavor to it with a good bit of spice provided by the andouille. He also noted that there was a generous amount of crab in the crabcake (since crabcakes can often be overshadowed by a lot of "filler").
Overall, we were immensely pleased with our entire experience at Another Broken Egg. The portions were generous, the service was excellent and prompt and the atmosphere was quaint, cozy and charming. And before you think that Another Broken Egg equals "another broken diet" I did note that there were several healthy choices on the menu including Dr. Maley's Coffee, which I've been told is a very generous platter of fresh fruit served with coffee and an english muffin.
I strongly suggest that you surrender your palate to Another Broken Egg. You won't be disappointed.
Crab Cakes Cavallo