Missi Moore's new Egg restaurant finally hatched in the old McQuay's spot at 510 Rehoboth Avenue, just east of the drawbridge in Rehoboth Beach. And it has quickly become the place to see and be seen west of the Circle. And so far so good – as you would expect when the owner is there every day, serving, bussing and doing whatever needs to be done. The menu is refreshingly unusual, especially for a breakfast/lunch place. On our first visit, we enjoyed the SOS (wait 'til you taste the cornbread!) and the Croque Madame. The SOS was quite good (Missi's dad's recipe) but the cornbread over which it is slathered is amazing. This is certainly “stick to your ribs” fare, but you will leave smiling. The Croque was on crunchy sourdough, with the required ‘Madame' addition of a sunny. The yolk was properly runny, and it became a delicious topping for the entire sandwich.Scroll through the gallery to see these. The mini-croques are very good too.
You will not want to miss the Candied Sriracha Bacon (see it in the photo gallery). A bit of sweet, a little garlic, and … well, bacon! People are already talking about using them as bloody mary stirrers. Yet another visit yielded the Lemon Crepes. Not too sweet, these are dotted with fresh blueberries and accompanied by hash browns. If you like lemon, you will love these. The crepes are perfectly done and the filling is custardy and satisfying. I had the traditional Eggs Benedict. Though I would have liked the yolk of the eggs to be just a bit more runny (the difference of 15-20 seconds in the water), they were still very good. I've had several visitor comments about the consistency of the poached eggs, but many of them were sent to me after the restaurant had been open for less than a week. Consistent poached eggs are a challenge under any conditions. Knowing Missi, I suspect that these missteps have already faded into the past.
Quite possibly the stars of the show are the mini-croque madames. And it's all because of the cheese. I suspect it may be the best gruyere I've tasted around these parts. Don't miss it. It makes for a nice shared appetizer, or even a main course if you start with the Sriracha Candy Bacon. The pancakes are puffy and nicely done, though a very slight dryness is totally resolved with a slather of butter and warm syrup. They are redolent of vanilla. Not a bad thing at all.
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Delawareans will smile when they see the Hughes ‘Delaware Maid' scrapple. I like it cut thin and cooked until crispy, and that's exactly how I got it. See the gallery – the scrapple is sharing the plate with my Benedict. Egg does serve liquor. Like shrimp? Like bacon” Get a bloody mary! If Jeremy is manning the bar, he might let you taste his Knob Hill smoked maple bourbon. The perfect breakfast starter.
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Click to download page 2 of the opening menu!
Missi's Egg serves breakfast and brunch. A permit was recently granted for her to build an outdoor deck for dining, and that should be a great visual to draw customers in the summer. The decor on the inside is bright and properly austere. A few surprises pop out from corners. We wish the best to Missi Moore and her new Egg!
We WILL be back, and I'll have more photos for you. Today as I consumed my mini-croques, a couple next to me ordered the hamburger and what appeared to be a Chicago Dog. So yes, I will return and tell you about both! In the meantime, stay calm and scroll through the gallery.
Egg is located in the old McQuay's building just east of the Rehoboth Avenue drawbridge at 510 Rehoboth Avenue. Egg is open from 7-2 every day (except Tuesday in the off season) for breakfast and lunch. Several on-street parking spaces (metered in season) are augmented by a small parking lot to the right of the building. Enter from the Rehoboth Avenue side or you will end up doing a 300-point turn to get yourself facing the right way. (Ask me how I know.) Call to check hours, etc. at 302-227-3447.
On second visit we had the bacon candy for starters. (almost $6 for 3 pc but OMG) I had the appetizer afterwards of the mademoiselle quail eggs with bechamel and ham….delish and filling. Unless you want to pig out, this will satisfy a modest appetite. Husband had the eggs benedict, which were was just OK, he said he had better at the Rehoboth Diner and at the Ocean Grill for half the price. The decor is so cute, the service is spot on. Yes, it is prettier than Crystal or Robin Hood….if money is no object by all means, go!
My friend and I had breakfast at Egg this past Sunday morning and we were both pleasantly surprised at the quality of our meals!! The lemon crepes were pure perfection and the pancakes were light and airy!! As it was a little pricey – the meals were both worth it! We loved the decor and Missi Moore was extremely welcoming and warm as she sat us. We will without a doubt be returning customers!!
Atmosphere was excellent, service superb. Our eggs Benedict, however, were very hard, I asked for well-done hash brown potatoes, bacon was a bit hard and too thick and strawberry preserves/balsamic vinegar not to my liking, but I’ll try again. It’s only been open a week.
I spy on the menu…Hughes scrapple!! Yay!
I love having something come into this space. I miss the place that was there before. They had the best lobster roll around.. Besides Fish Kill in Dagsboro. The parking will be a challenge as there are only say 6 spaces…parking is irrelevant on Canal after 5 as this is a breakfast lunch place… I would assume most of their patron’s would be on foot. I wish them the best and of course will test drive their menu….
Hi Jake. My husband and are not a part of the restaurant but do own the building. In the spring we installed a parking lot next to the restaurant which holds 9 cars and a scooter spots. There are also 6 metered spots in front of the store. In summer more people will bike and walk in town. We are very excited for Missi and her current success!!!
Thank you again for saving McQuay’s. The approach, the parking lot, the houses and lawns along Canal are just lovely. Pure Rehoboth. And The Egg was just grand. Hughes Scrapple cooked to perfection. A very bright star.
Libby, thank you for your kind comments. It certainly has been a journey. Wishing Missi all the best!!
We have been to Missi’s egg several times already and she’s only been open a week. The food is awesome and it’s now my favorite Bloody Mary anywhere (with shrimp and bacon!). My favorite dish so far was The McQuay: sauteed barley, spinach and beets topped with a fried egg. It’s really fantastic and worth the wait.
So, I guess you only accept glowing comments. A simple observation on prices doesn’t get posted.
Commentary on price isn’t relevant to the quality of the food or service in a restaurant. Price/affordability is more of a personal issue for each individual guest to decide. I do outline that in my FAQs.
In order to stay competitive, restaurants set their prices somewhere between covering their costs (including rent, labor, etc.) and still attracting customers. If those prices are too high and they price themselves out of the market, then the restaurant will go out of business. If they are too low, they will also go out of business because they could not cover their costs.
With brand new restaurants, that remains to be seen.
Thanks for your note.
Just finished my first breakfast at The Egg. Croque Madam was delicious and my over medium egg was cooked perfectly. We will come again soon!
For those of us who are seasonal, it would be helpful for you to state where these locations are. In your news blurb’s you often don’t say where these places are. So is “drawbridge” in Lewes? I’m assuming so.
Thanks for your note. The post stated “near the drawbridge in Rehoboth Beach.” There is only one drawbridge in Rehoboth Beach.
When the restaurant opens, I will of course provide an exact address in the review/news info.
Super excited about Egg and Missi Moore!! To resolve the “parking problem” we have installed a parking lot next door with parking for cars, scooters and bikes. Don’t forget the rarely used six metered spots in front of the store and most of Canal Street is available for those with parking passes. Looking forward to brunch on the McQuay porch!
Fingers crossed. I really liked the McQuay’s gourmet deli that was once in that location. Parking will always be an issue, but the location is very walkable and bikeable for many in town.