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The Egg Yolk: cracking the breakfast code one egg at a time

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Egg Yolk Cafe's orange glazed pancakes


Christina Ruotolo

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Egg Yolk Cafe has recently updated its menu with some new additions like steak sandwiches and a super healthy green slime smoothie. The restaurant offers a wide range of breakfast specials, omelets, pancakes and build-your-own burritos. It also offers a diverse brunch menu with sandwiches like homemade chicken salad, chicken Philly, a po’ boy shrimp sandwich and creamy shrimp and grits. Fruit smoothies also are available to boost your energy for the day.

The restaurant offers ample seating in a warm and friendly environment or dine al fresco on beautiful days in the outdoor seating area. Prices range from $1.79-$11.99.

Owner Frank Iskander has been in the restaurant business since 1984. He has owned restaurants in various North Carolina cities including Raleigh, the former Bellagio restaurant in Greenville, and he managed The Shamrock in Williamston for 13 years.

When asked how he came up with the name for his restaurant, Iskander says it was easy.

“The name says it all,” he said. “I want my customers to know what they are getting — fresh food and a fresh taste with everything made from scratch.”

He also says he has a slogan, “cheese to please,” because everything is better with a nice helping of melted cheese.

On average, The Egg Yolk goes through about 2,000 eggs per week. Some of those eggs are cracked to make the popular Western Omelet. This filling feast is made with three extra-large eggs and mixed with sauteed onions, green peppers, tomatoes, bacon and cheddar cheese. The top is layered with thick melted cheddar cheese and chopped veggies. This omelet comes with a side of sausage or bacon and toast. It’s enough for two people and costs $10.59.

The Egg Yolk offers French toast along with a variety of pancakes including apple cinnamon, blueberry, sweet potato, chocolate chip and orange glazed. For the orange-glazed pancakes, two dinner-sized buttermilk pancakes are topped with fresh-cut bananas and pineapple, drizzled with orange glaze and served with two eggs and bacon or sausage. The final touch is a few dollops of sweet whipped cream. The pancakes were fluffy, the orange glaze was glossy and sweet. The tart pineapples mixed with the mellow and creamy bananas along with the orange sauce was pancake perfection. The taste is a cross between bananas foster and a pineapple upside-down cake. Price is $10.99.

For a limited time, Egg Yolk is featuring pumpkin spice pancakes for $9.29 with bacon or sausage.

For healthy eaters who crave veggies with their eggs, try the Veggie Delight. Start with two perfectly poached eggs set atop buttery English muffins and then layered with sauteed portabella mushrooms, spinach, diced tomatoes and green onions smothered in a Hollandaise sauce. This one has a multitude of flavor layers. You get an earthly flavor from the meaty mushrooms, a bright bite from the spinach, sweet from the tomatoes and onions and then mix in the rich and creamy sauce that is made with mayonnaise, eggs, butter and spices. The pleasing dish is priced at $10.49.

The Egg Yolk offers a private dining room during the week for small parties of 20 or fewer. The room has a flat-screen television and fireplace and there is no room rental fee for groups that are dining in the restaurant.

The Egg Yolk Cafe is at 610 Red Banks Road. Hours are from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays. There is a drive-up window for pickup of takeout orders. For more information, call 565-8961 or visit the restaurant’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/EggYolkCafe1.

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Bone Appetit

The Humane Society of Eastern Carolina (HSEC) will host a Bone Appetit fundraising event from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 3-4 at Famiglia, 740 W. Fire Tower Road, Winterville. Five percent of all food and drink sales will be donated to HSEC. Write “for HSEC” on the receipt and alert the server.