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Grunion Gazette, The/The Downtown Gazette (Long Beach, CA)


May 29, 2008


Guests Enjoy Omelets Any Way At Eggs, Etc.


Author: By Larry Hill


Eggs, Etc., 550 Redondo Ave., 562-433-9588.


Hours: Open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.


Location: Eggs, Etc. is at the corner of Sixth Street and Redondo Avenue. There is a small parking lot behind the restaurant, plenty of street parking and a grocery store lot across the street.


Staff/Service: The staff is friendly, attentive and accommodating.


Food/Drinks: The menu is mostly breakfast dishes, but there are a few sandwiches, burgers, salads and chicken dishes for lunches as well.


Breakfast items include their renowned banana pancakes, waffles, bacon and eggs, ham and eggs, corned beef hash and eggs, pork chops and eggs, steak and eggs, Polish sausage and eggs, omelets, benedicts, oatmeal, burritos, huevos rancheros and scrambles.


Omelet offerings are the Rancho with steak, onions, bell peppers, cheddar cheese topped with Spanish sauce; Hobo; Baja; ABC; Popeye's; Southwestern; Vegetarian; Turkey Breast; Denver; sausage, bacon, or ham and cheese; chili and cheese, mushroom and cheese; and Ortega chile and cheese. There are also daily specials.


For lunches or early dinners, you can choose from burgers like the mushroom and onion, or Teriyaki burger, salads including a tuna salad, and Chinese Chicken salad; sandwiches like patty melts, tuna melts, a Reuben, Farmboy and Philly Cheese Steak, and chicken dishes including a chicken Philly, mushroom chicken, and a BLT.


Atmosphere: There are booths for two and tables for larger groups. There is a large outdoor patio that is great in summer and on warm days year round.


The Taste: Eggs, Etc. has been open for a little more than eight years in Long Beach. Family-owned and operated, Eggs, Etc. offers old time charm and comfort foods at reasonable prices.


Jennifer and I stopped for a late Saturday morning breakfast to avoid most of the crowd. We were unsuccessful. The patio was full and all but one table inside was filled. Our timing couldn't have been better, as three large groups arrived minutes after we were seated.


Jennifer spotted the Greek scramble special on the board as we entered and that is what she ordered. Spinach and Feta cheese are two of her weaknesses and they were the key ingredients along with sun-dried tomatoes, onions, and chopped olives. Jennifer asked for a hold on the sun-dried tomatoes and that her eggs be undercooked. She was pleased when her dish came out as ordered. Very few places accede to her wishes when it comes to undercooking her eggs, but Eggs, Etc. got them right.


I opted, on this outing, for the ham and mushroom scramble. Chopped fresh mushrooms and diced ham were tossed with three eggs and scrambled exactly the way you might do it at home. And that is the secret of Eggs, Etc. There are no shortcuts and the flavors are fresh and wonderful. Their home fries are also quite tasty, particularly topped with their spicy salsa.


Eggs, Etc.: Good food, good value, homey atmosphere and friendly servers who listen to your order and deliver what you requested. What more could you ask?


Price: Breakfast or lunch for two with soft drinks or coffee is $10 to $20.


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