The morning ritual of breakfast mirrors the elegant cosmic dance of dawn, when the sun awakes to crack and scramble comets and then drink the Milky Way straight from the carton. Rise and stay shiny all day long with the help of today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of eclectic breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner fare at Eggspectation in Gainesville or Leesburg.
The shell-cracking chefs at Eggspectation scramble up an array of dishes that range from yolk-infused morning meals to meaty pasta dinners. Like the Fabergé embryos of aristocratic chickens, the restaurant's breakfasts are capacious canvases of culinary opulence. The Eggstreme signature plate is a palatable pastiche of two eggs, smoked salmon, grilled tomatoes, capers, and a toasted bagel with cream cheese ($15.99). Later in the day, the grilled honey-orange-mustard chicken burger carries goat cheese to mouths when forks and knives sneak off for their siesta ($11.49). Bolster meals with a creative juice amalgamation from the beverage bar, such as the Banango, a fruity concoction of bananas, mangos, and orange juice ($6.49), not to be confused with the bonongo, a musical but tasteless marriage of bananas and bongos.
When the first Eggspectation eatery opened in Montreal in 1993, the concept was simple: upscale brunch with a focus on decadent egg and crepe dishes. The founding concept has been tweaked only slightly since then, with a menu that today includes more than 160 breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. Breakfast remains the menu’s biggest draw, with a dozen egg benedicts and savory crepes, 16 omelets and fruity pancakes, plus french toast and waffles. At lunch and dinner, chefs stack plates with fine-dining-style entrees, such as half-pound USDA-choice beef burgers and steak and seafood entrees, such as maple-glazed rib eye or lump crab cakes. Whether at a location in Canada, the US, or India, patrons can slide behind a table amid rustic stone and brick walls flanked by jubilant circus-theme decor, such as colorful murals and paparazzi snapshots of Humpty Dumpty.