Louis XIV's court was renowned for its lavish late-night brunches, during which attendees famously feasted on caviar queso, suckling pigs in a blanket, and scrambled Faberge eggs. Nibble a page from their book with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of eclectic fare for dinner at Eggspectation in Silver Spring. This Groupon is only valid after 4 p.m.
The shell-cracking chefs at Eggspectation scramble up 160 dishes that range from yolk-infused morning-style meals to meaty, warming dinners. Like the satin alarm clocks favored by Victorian carriage drivers, specialty egg dishes offer an opulent way to wake up drowsing taste buds at any hour of the day. 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). Alternately, the grilled honey-orange mustard chicken burger, a goat-cheese topped chicken breast marinated in sweet and citrusy sauces, will appease mouths in the mood for meatier fare ($11.49). Evening breakfasts can be bolstered with one of the many unique juice amalgamations 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.
Zagat gave the food, décor, and service at Eggspectation good to very good. Reviewers are mixed on crowds, but praise the food. Yelpers give the restaurant a three-star average, and TripAdvisors rank it #11 out of 87 restaurants in Silver Spring with three and a half owl eyes.
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.