I first heard about Wild Eggs earlier this year from several friends and family who are residents in Louisville, Kentucky. Typically when a single person says something is “awesome”, you can’t help to have some sort of skepticism… but as I brought it up in conversation with each friend & family member, every single one of them ranted & raved about how good it was. By the time I got my 6th opinion, I knew I had to pay Wild Eggs a visit.
I can only assume that the other two Wild Eggs have the same kind of quality as the one in the Westport Village neighborhood of Louisville. In Westport Village, the buildings are comprised of small shoppes that remind me of “modernized” barns. All of them nearly look the same with variances in desaturated colors. The only things setting each shop apart are their unique signs. Wild Eggs‘ logo consists of vibrant hues that pop out from its surroundings.
The background on Wild Eggs is that it’s a locally-owned Louisville restaurant that has been serving up breakfast, brunch, and lunch in the area since 2007. The success and popularity of the restaurant has resulted in 2 expansions within the city, bringing the Louisville count to 3. In addition, there is a 4th Wild Eggs located in Denver, which is owned by the founder JD Rothberg’s brother, Mike Rothberg. I can only hope and pray that one day Nashville will get a restaurant that is on par with the caliber of Wild Eggs… or maybe someone will franchise it here. One can dream, can’t they?
Inside, Wild Eggs is rather plain but very spacious. Several dozens of plain tables are neatly organized around the restaurant. Various “sections” of the restaurant are only differentiated by their location and bright pastel colored walls of various hues. The most memorable of course, is the wall of “robin eggs” near the hostess stand. Right behind the wall is a circular “bar-like” area that reminds me of one of those old fashioned diners. Unfortunately, the picture I took ended up being blurry.
The most impressive aspect of Wild Eggs is obviously that of their breakfast. As I mentioned earlier, they do serve lunch but I didn’t have the opportunity to try those items. Their breakfast, is hands down, one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever consumed during my near 31 years of existence on Earth. What impressed me is that they didn’t offer just your “run of the mill” breakfast foods. Yes, while they do have just eggs, various breakfast meats, etc., the majority of their menu consists of “specialty” breakfast items that you will definitely not find anywhere else. For example, take a crepe at one of the chain restaurants… which is simply just a thin, curled pancake with some substandard fillings probably from a can or jar. Not Wild Eggs… they have a crepe called Clementine’s Creamsicle Crepes which consists of “warm crepes filled with sweetened cream cheese and orange marmalade, Grand Marnier Suzette sauce, toasted macadamia nuts, fresh orange supremes, whipped cream, powdered sugar and cinnamon”. Or how about Kelsey KY Brown – Toasted sourdough bread, roasted turkey, applewood smoked bacon, diced tomato, white cheddar Mornay, fried egg and smoked paprika. Can you say delicious?
By recommendation of one of my dear friends, I ordered the Kalamity Katie’s Border Benedict ($9.99) and a Big Stack of Frank’s Cakes ($4.99). Haley on the other hand ordered a “build-your-own omelet” ($5.99 with each topping at 99 cents each). The Kalamity Katie’s Border Benedict is described on the menu as “green chili cheddar corn cakes, topped with chorizo, two poached eggs and queso fundido, pico de gallo, sour cream, green onions and avocado. Skillet potatoes and an Everything muffin is served on the side.”
Just as I was told, the Kalamity Katie’s Border Benedict was amazingly delicious. If you like any kind of Mexican food, you’ll definitely like this one. Everything just goes together. The salty, savory chorizo, the creaminess of the poached eggs (cooked over medium) and avocado, the mild sourness from the sour cream and the fresh flavors of the pico, green onions, and avocado. All on top of a very delicious corn cake that added a subtle heat with each bite. The skillet potatoes were also very good. I typically eat mine with ketchup but I found that these were seasoned so well, I ate them without any kind of condiment whatsoever. The Everything muffin was a little unique. It reminded me a lot of the hush puppies you get at a seafood restaurant… except that these didn’t have any of the fried characteristics of a hush puppy. You got a light, fluffy muffin with a little bit of sweetness and savoriness.
As for the Big Stack of family recipe, buttermilk pancakes, these are without a doubt, the best pancakes I’ve ever eaten. These pancakes just blew away any inkling of what I thought was the perfect pancake. Amazingly light and fluffy, a little sweet, and faintly creamy. When I smeared the dollop of butter and poured the warm maple syrup over them, it was like a flavor explosion that made my taste buds dance around like it was some kind of dance competition. Even Haley agreed that they were also the best pancakes she’s ever eaten.
If you ever find yourself in Louisville, I would highly suggest you go to Wild Eggs. The popularity of the restaurant will have you waiting at least 20+ minutes. If you don’t have time, make time. It’s simply that good. I’m surprised that I’ve never heard of it before, but then again I’m rarely in Louisville and I’m beating myself up over this as I write this review. I did make a promise to Haley though, that when we go to Louisville, we have to eat at Wild Eggs each and every time.
|Wild Eggs – Westport Village
1311 Herr Lane
Louisville, KY 40222
Bill Total:$27.48 w/ Tax