With dozens of items on it's southern-inspired, Cajun-dusted menu, Another Broken Egg's reputation as a homey, comfortable purveyor of fresh, regional brunch fare is well earned. Its ovo-centric breakfast and brunch offerings include an impressive swath of scramblers, signature Benedicts, omelettes, and shareable sides, such as creamy blackberry grits ($2.99) and petite biscuit beignets ($4.49). Marching down digestive tracts to the sound of a brass band, the Mardi Gras omelette ($9.99) comes stuffed with andouille sausage, crawfish, red peppers, and scallions and is topped with a tomato hollandaise. Specialty brunches include a daily quiche selection ($9.99), classic biscuits and gravy ($8.99), and the Southern Crab Stack plate ($13.99), a grit- and crab-cake Ziggurat festooned with a sauté of shrimp and andouille sausage. Extinguish the breakfast blaze with a Bloody Mary ($6.99), mimosa ($5.99), or a "Gold Cup" of Community coffee ($2.19).
Since 1950, the family-owned Whataburger chain has served up its iconic burgers and fresh, made-to-order meals with a commitment to excellent customer service. In addition to lunch and dinner, the North Central Alabama-area restaurants' 24/7 hours and fully fledged breakfast menu have made them popular destinations for early morning and late-night dining.
Besides the classic Whataburger, the modern menu includes options such as the jalapeno and cheese Whataburger, the Whatachick'n sandwich, and the Whataburger Jr., which is a regular Whataburger that doesn't know how to tie a tie. The breakfast selections remain rooted in hearty tradition, with crispy chicken strips covered with honey butter and served atop biscuits. Additionally, signature Taquitos are warm tortillas stuffed with ingredients such as scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, guacamole, and grilled vegetables.
Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2012 Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. As the shop’s reputation grew, so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&Ms, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies, and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real show-stoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.
Plucking their name from the American Indian nickname for the Cahaba River’s swampy banks, Mudtown’s owners and staff strive to embody their neighborhood, serving a menu of dishes prepared with fresh, locally sourced seafood, meat, and produce. In their intimate dining room, they cloak tables with hearty portions of new york strip steak with bacon mashed potatoes, grilled mahi mahi with fried green tomatoes, and Cajun po' boys with shrimp or catfish. Their bartenders liven up the southern-inspired American cuisine by shaking signature cocktails, such as their lemon-lime-drop martini, into glasses and pocket protectors. The staff also delivers meals through a catering service for special events such as corporate lunches and birthday parties.
For a menu preview, try crab cakes and green tomatoes served with tangy remoulade ($6.99), or eschew appetizers for the surf and turf, an 8-ounce rib eye or 10-ounce sirloin char-broiled and served alongside shrimp and vegetables ($14.99). For some prototypical southern culinary comfort, wrap yourself in a full rack of tender, meaty smoked baby-back pork ribs ($15.99), or grill your way to glorious stomach-sating with the low country shrimp and grits, a Carolina classic that pairs a dozen grilled shrimp with a luscious bed of cheesy grits ($7.99).
Crestline puts its bagels on a pedestal, making them with high-protein, enriched wheat flour and heaping the hoops with only the finest Boar’s Head meats, all-natural cheeses, and handmade schmears. Swing by to consult the breakfast and lunch menus, which feature more than 16 enticing bagel flavors, 10 handcrafted cream cheeses, sandwiches, wraps, salads, and freshly baked sweets. Pique an early-morning appetite with a creative circle such as cinnamon raisin, jalapeno, or sun-dried tomato ($0.89 each), or try a hearty ham and cheese croissant ($4.79) to bridge the gap between sunrise and croissant moontime. For a full-fledged lunch, wrap your fork around a chef salad ($6.95) with turkey, Black Forest ham, Vermont cheddar, red onion, tomatoes, cucumbers, and croutons.