It's hard to overrate Overeasy
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As followers of my Twitter feed already know, I've been seeing a lot of someone lately. Sadly, this someone is my dentist. While leaving out painful details, suffice it to say I've had some dental debacles in the past little while, the kind that have involved multiple procedures and a strict diet of soft food chewed solely on one side of my face.
The one upside to this process was the day off I took for one of the procedures, and I figured a big breakfast review meal beforehand would be perfect. I'd booked a later appointment at the dentist, because why start out the day in pain if you know you're going to finish it that way? Not only would I be able to get in somewhere I'd heard a lot about easier than I could on the weekend, but afterward, I'd be too sore to eat, anyway.
This is how Mom, Dad and I came to be at Overeasy, which might be the cutest restaurant ever. Not a cheesy, child-themed sort of cute, but a really original, creative, whimsical one. It has boldly printed retro-seventies wallpaper and artwork, a chalkboard ceiling inscribed with the names of their menu items, and adorable light fixtures made of what look like oversized eggs, which spell out "overeasy" so the word shines from the entire chandelier.
After much deliberation (the menu has with entire sections for kids, bennies, crepes, omelettes and more) I chose the chocolate chip pancakes, Mom the Farmer John's Delight omelette, and Dad the two-egg breakfast.
My pancakes were what those Stampede-breakfast flapjacks want to be when they grow up, fluffy, not at all doughy, with a generous number of milk chocolate chips in the mix.
Dad's two eggs were cooked perfectly sunny side up as requested, with a side of potatoes. Though they weren't shredded, I didn't mind because they don't call them hashbrowns. Cut in wedges, they were crispy on the outside, nicely seasoned with herbs and just enough salt, and cut small enough so they weren't just a big bunch of starch inside. Given a choice of meat, he chose the bacon, which was cut almost twice as wide as you usually see, and cooked until chewy and crispy, not blackened.
Mom's omelette was a pork-lover's delight, filled with double-smoked bacon and black forest ham, green onions and mushrooms. The fillings were generous and flavourful, and the omelette light and fluffy, likely owing to the fact that all their omelettes are made with cream. She too had a side of the excellent potatoes, and they both got a nice, ripe assortment of fruit and a choice of toast with their meals.
I think it goes without saying, we loved Overeasy. As I'd heard, everyone else does, too, and though we were seated immediately when we arrived around 9 a.m., there was a wait for table by the time we left. The long communal centre table offers a chance to pack more people in, but the backless stools surrounding it don't look too comfortable. Still, the food was excellent, the decor is delightful, and the service was fast and friendly. Prices are good, too, and the most expensive item we ordered was $10.99. Next time you have a weekday off, or even if you choose to get in the queue with the weekend crowds, Overeasy is worth a wait.
On the ratings scale:
4.5 out of 5 Stars!
824 Edmonton Trail NE
(403) 278-3447 (EGGS)
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