A breakfast sandwich bigger than a double double, with bacon, sausage, fried egg, and cheddar on brioche bun.
There are a handful of parties grabbing breakfast on the narrow patio of East Village’s location of local breakfast and booze chain, Breakfast Republic. But restaurant dining is kind of nerve-wracking right now, so I pass it by. More my speed right now is its new neighbor, sister restaurant Eggies.
707 G St Unit 108, San Diego
There are far fewer breakfast items to consider at Eggies: it’s primarily a breakfast sandwich concept. But it was designed to be a tiny counter shop, and was built with a sidewalk facing counter that proves ideal for the covid era. As I approach, a masked customer simply walks up to the counter, orders, pays, and within minutes is on his way.
I phoned ahead my order, so it’s an even simpler transaction. I didn’t even have trouble finding parking. That’s likely due to more people working at home these days, but I’m happy to grasp at any small silver lining during these uncertain times.
This East Village sidewalk counter proves handy during a pandemic.
The signature sandwich here is the Eggies classic: bacon, sausage, cheddar cheese and a fried egg on brioche. Its nine dollar price tag doesn’t thrill me, but then the thing turns out to be bigger than a double double, so I can’t complain. The apple smoked bacon is nice, the maple and sage sausage patty is nicer. I’d kind of like to see an Eggies sandwich with just sausage, but the rest of the menu just gets bigger.
Which came first?, with fried chicken to go with fried egg, munster, and pickle slices.
For example, the BLT, which pairs bacon with bacon jam, bacon sausage, and muenster cheese to go with lettuce and tomato. Or the California, where bacon and muenster are joined by tomato jam, a ground turkey patty, arugula, and of course avocado.
For those who don’t dig on swine, the Which Came First sandwich is delivers just as much salt as bacon, courtesy of fried chicken. Unlike the other sandwiches, yolk didn’t run from the fried egg on this one. Some people don’t like runny yolk, but I do: I would suggest giving your egg preference when ordering to let the kitchen know you care.
French toast in a jar. Return the jar for a quarter off your next order.
All of the above sandwiches are served on brioche bun, but the fifth sandwich French-toasts it, with sweet custard, bechamel, tomato jam, and ham. However, it’s not all sandwiches at Eggies. Another option is to order breakfast in a jar, and it’s made with strawberries and mascarpone cream: a sweet diversion from the counter’s mainly savory appeal, priced at $8.
Take out options are important right now, and Eggies is well positioned to do a lot of business, with existing locations already in place in Pacific Beach and Liberty Station. And if you miss the brunch cocktails of breakfast Republic, no worries: you can nab a mimosa or bloody mary for six bucks.