I'm late to the game. I admit it. Eggslut has been serving up yolky-goodness since 2011, and I've only just visited. The lines rounding the corners of the original brick and mortar spot in Grand Central Market have always been daunting, and I admittedly have passed them by for other food stands. I thought "it can't be THAT good", and since there are so many wonderful restaurants in the market, I just never waited patiently for one of those glorious egg sammies.
But I'm happy to announce, this Brunchographer has finally joined Team Eggslut, and I'm hooked!
The newish location in Venice drew me in. It popped up on my Yelp app one day when I was looking for a casual brunch spot in my Westside neighborhood, and I figured since I had no agenda that morning, I could finally check it out. My boyfriend and I mentally prepared for the line and potential chaos, and we drove over to Venice. Luckily we found parking right across the street from the restaurant, but that also allowed us to clearly see the 20 person line ahead of us. We both hesitated, but eventually soldiered on. Now was the time!
We hopped in line and were immediately greeted by a warm, charming employee who handed us menus and provided us with an estimate of our time in line. "From this spot, it's usually 20 minutes until you'll get to the counter, and your food will be ready 10 minutes after that!" he informed us. Ok, thanks guy! We appreciated the up front info. The estimate ended up being pretty spot on, too.
The interior is simple and slightly industrial with pops of bright yellow decor mimicking Eggslut's famous runny egg. It's a bit chaotic, though. The line is organized well, but after you order, you wait in a sea of hungry Venice folk who are eyeing tables freeing up and listening anxiously for their names to be called. But eventually you get your seat and your gorgeous tray of food, and you become oh-so-happy.
We started with "The Slut". A staple menu item for Eggslut, it sounds a little odd upon first read, but once you pierce through that perfectly coddled egg atop a potato puree and the bright orange yolk spills out, you know you're in for something special (#yolkporn to the max). We spread some of the eggy potato goodness over a piece of toast and with a bit of chunky salt and a touch of chive on top, it was a singular divine bite. Order this up for an brunch appetizer, and you'll start your meal right.
For our main sandwiches, I ordered the "Sausage, Egg and Cheese" and Jeff ordered the "Cheeseburger". I can't turn down honey mustard, and Jeff can't say no to cheeseburgers with eggs, so both sandwiches were matches made in heaven for us.
The "Sausage, Egg and Cheese" was a simpler combo. It's the type of sandwich you hope you get every time you order a breakfast sandwich, but so rarely actually arrives on your plate. I've been burned too many times by a disappointing breakfast sandwich, but this one was simply done well. The ratio of sausage to egg to cheese was perfect, and the honey mustard aioli shone through brightly with an acidic pop in every bite. The sausage was spiced nicely and the runny yolk was sopped up perfectly by the spongy brioche bun.
The "Cheeseburger" was a heartier sandwich. The angus beef patty holds a perfectly over-medium egg and a melted slice of cheddar cheese, and sits atop a power-trio bed of bacon, dijonnaise, and bread and butter pickles. We were both weary of the pickles (neither of us are fans of the bread and butter variety), but with each bite, we were more convinced that they belonged. They added a tangy crunch factor, and with the salty bacon and flavorful dijonnaise, this brunch burger was accessorized just right.
To round it out, we got an iced coffee and a super refreshing cup of freshly-squeezed orange juice, and neither of those disappointed either. At the very least, get some OJ with your meal to add to the aesthetic factor. How pretty is this table with another punch of orange, right?!
All in all, our trip to Eggslut was a success. Yes, the line can be intimidating, but sometimes it's fun visiting a place that is so sought after. Part of the fun of the food scene is LA is sharing your experience with other people who are just as excited as you are, and that's what Eggslut is all about. Their mission is to not just serve high quality food and provide great service. They want your meal to be an experience, and that's just what they deliver. So get yourself a brunch-venturer friend and get in line. You won't regret it!
Eggslut - Venice Location
1611 Pacific Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90291
Other locations: Downtown LA / Glendale, CA / Las Vegas, NV / New York, NY