The Egg & I

The Egg & IThe Egg & I has been around for several months now, and I just got around to trying it out.  I’d heard good things, but I’m not typically a big go out for breakfast person.  I was up early last Saturday and had some free time so I decided to pop in for some good breakfast.

We got a booth and I promptly ordered a Diet Coke.  I just can’t do the coffee thing.  There were several things on the menu that looked good, and I was having a tough time decided what to get.  I was leaning towards the breakfast quesadillas, but was still feeling very wishy-washy.  When our server, Ramona stopped by to take our order I decided to ask for her help.  She said the quesadillas are good but her favorite thing is the Athena Scramble which is scrambled eggs, feta cheese, tomatoes, asparagus, and portabella mushrooms.  That sounded pretty good to me so I took her advice and went for it.  My sister got the Mediterranean frittata which is egg whites, sundried tomatoes, chicken and cheese.

The Egg and IOur food arrived fast, and I thought mine was really, really tasty.  I was very happy with Ramona’s suggestion and ate almost all of my eggs.  It came with an English muffin and breakfast potatoes which were also delicious.  My sister enjoyed her frittata as well.

As impressed as I was by the food, I was even more impressed by the service we received from Ramona.  She was a fantastic waitress!  She was impeccably polite, she offered great suggestions, and she was quick and efficient despite the number of tables she was serving.  I suggest asking for her section the next time you visit.  I’d also highly recommend the Athena Scramble.

The Egg and IThe Egg & I
150 East 9th Street
Tyler, TX 75701-4227
(903) 592-3447

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The Diner

DSC05272The Diner, located on South Broadway, recently re-opened after a driver crashed his SUV into the front of the restaurant causing extensive damage.  With a revamped dining room, menu additions, and a transition to a sit down restaurant vs. the former order at counter, The Diner has alot to offer.

I never had a chance to eat at The Diner B.C. (before crash), so I can’t really compare the new and presumably improved Diner to the old one, but I can say that I had a pretty good experience there on the night of their grand re-opening.  My sister and I came in for dinner to try it out after she saw a Facebook status that they were offering free pancakes on their opening day.  Though we waited a long time to get our food, I was actually really impressed with what I ordered.  I got a slice of ham quiche and a cup of chicken tortilla soup, and my sister had the blackened chicken with veggies.  We both agreed that everything was delicious.  I did take one of the free pancakes home and ate it later for dessert, and it was also very tasty.

DSC05280By far, the coolest thing about The Diner is the awesome pictures in their dining room of old Tyler restaurants.  I didn’t get to look at them all, but I did see one that appeared to be the Jake’s building, and another that could have possibly been in the tall antique shop just south of the Square.  I’d like to go back sometime and inspect the pictures more closely.

Overall, I think The Diner is a pretty great place.  The food is good and reasonably priced, the interior is pleasantly decorated, and it’s conveniently located less than a mile from my new office.  I feel confident in saying that I will be visiting again soon.

DSC05279The Diner
7924 South Broadway Avenue
Tyler, TX 75703-5252
(903) 509-3463

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Einstein Bros Bagels

einsteinbrosbagelsA Formal Apology

I wrote before about my first impression of Einstein Bros Bagels restaurant and coffee shop.  It wasn’t necessarily bad, but it wasn’t good either.  It would be fair to say that I thought it was just ok.  I’d like to take this opportunity to say I was wrong, and I am sorry.

I have since been to Einstein several times, and have been happy with each of these subsequent visits.  It turns out that my hunch was right – stick to what Einstein does best and order a bagel.  Upon the recommendation of a friend, I ordered something I probably wouldn’t have ordered on my own, but I am thankful I was turned on to the deliciousness of the garden veggie spread on a toasted Asiago cheese bagel.  They toast the bagel perfectly and don’t skimp on the spread, making each bite better than the last.  Especially the bites in the middle where most of the spread seems to end up.

einsteinbrosbagelsIn addition to their fantastic bagels, the coffee is good too.  I’ve ordered several of their pumpkin lattes, and they are hot and delicious each time.  I’d like to try something else at Einstein, but now that I’ve found the Asiago bagel with garden veggie spread and their lattes, I doubt I will stray too far.  I am happy I was able to make peace with Einstein and see what they really have to offer.

Einstein Bros Bagels
4500 S Broadway Ave
Tyler, TX 75703-1305
(903) 509-2929

Caffe Tazza

DSC04684What’s the best place to go in Tyler for a light brunch and a specialty coffee or tea?  Caffe Tazza, obviously.  Located in the Harley’s shopping center next door to Garden Style (best florist in town, by the way), Caffe Tazza offers a selection of breakfast pastries, muffins, sandwiches, salads, and gelato along with gourmet coffees and teas, and a small selection of wines.

DSC04687Caffe Tazza specializes in what my husband may call ‘chick food’, but that’s probably why I love it so much.  One of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday lunch is at one of their patio tables with my sister and a stack of magazines.  We love to split the veggie sandwich on Ciabatta bread with a side of fruit and either a Chai Granita or a glass of Prosecco, and some days I like to indulge with a scoop of Spumoni gelato to finish things off.

Caffe Tazza is a great spot for unwinding with girlfriends or taking a break from a day of shopping.  If your husbands or boyfriends are brave enough to come with you, they do have some delicious and hearty looking Belgian waffles and omelets, and a yummy turkey bacon avocado croissant that I would consider to be guy-approved foods.  Coffee lovers must try Caffe Tazza’s signature drink, the cappuccino, with perfectly proportioned espresso, thick and creamy steamed milk and foam.  Or, try a pumpkin latte if you are in a seasonal mood.  Caffe Tazza is definitely a must-try for all my lady Tylerites.

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Caffe Tazza
4815 Old Bullard Rd # 107
Tyler, TX 75703-1214
(903) 581-6601