Egg Yolk opens next to Moe's
BY MEGHAN MOLONEY ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
Ever since Moe’s opened on Red Banks nine years ago, the restaurant next door has never stayed in business very long. It has gone from being a coffee shop to a barbecue restaurant and many other things in between. As of Sept. 10, that building is now home to a breakfast and lunch cafe known as Egg Yolk.
When I first heard that Egg Yolk was filling the vacancy beside Moe’s, I was hopeful. A breakfast place sounds like the perfect restaurant that could be successful there. It’s not a chain, it sounds original, and best of all it doesn’t compete with Moe’s.
So as I woke up early to get there before school, I was hopeful. But when I pulled into a nearly-empty parking lot and opened the doors to a room with only one customer in it and no hostess to greet me, I wasn’t as excited. However, I pushed that first impression out of my mind and realized that the restaurant provided an open and comforting atmosphere complete with a fireplace and framed pictures of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Also, it was only the second day of business and it had just opened about 20 minutes prior to my arrival, so I counted on the food to make up for my first impression.
Upon getting the menu, things seemed to brighten. Although the prices were a little on the steep side, there were decent options and the food sounded good. You have your traditional breakfast items like pancakes, french toast, eggs, grits and toast. But then you have your custom omelets, build-your-own breakfast sandwiches and wraps and unique egg creations, of course. I ordered a build-your-own breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs, sausage and swiss on an english muffin. It took a few repetitions for the waitress to take my order correctly, but she eventually got it right. Others at my table got french toast with sausage and chocolate chip pancakes with bacon.
The wait wasn’t bad at all, and the food came out looking decent enough. They even surprised me with a side of fresh fruit. My mouth wasn’t watering or anything, but I got what I ordered. Taking the first bite, I wasn’t terribly impressed. It was an ordinary toasted english muffin with ordinary scrambled eggs and ordinary sausage links. Honestly, it was something I could have made at home for a lot less than the $7 I paid.
The pancakes and french toast sparked the same reaction -- okay, but nothing spectacular. But the bacon, on the other hand, was amazing. It had the the right amount of crispiness with just enough grease; it completed the breakfast perfectly. As we were finishing up, the friendly owner came out to greet us and thank us for coming.
So check out Egg Yolk for yourself. It’s open 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. most days, and don’t forget that it has a lunch menu as well. Personally, next time I’m craving breakfast before school, I’d opt for the convenience and price of a Boulevard breakfast special. But that’s just me, so go ahead and try out Egg Yolk. Maybe Greenville has finally found something that will last next to Moe’s.