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.
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.