I like to think of this place as my spirit-animal-restaurant. If ever there were an Eggslut, it would be me, and I'm not embarrassed to admit it. But does this place live up to the hype?
Simple, clean, and easy. The small menu offers 4-6 sandwiches, depending on location, as well as a couple specialties and a couple sides. Since I usually want to try everything, and am easily overwhelmed (i.e. indecisive), I really appreciate the simplicity of the menu. The ingredients are super-fresh, and it's easy to understand the long lines -- the bread is enough to make me camp out for the night! They also offer OJ, cold brew, and hot coffee. I noticed a few pastries on the counter as well, but that's it!
The Sausage, Egg & Cheese
House-made turkey sausage, cage-free over-medium egg, cheddar cheese and honey mustard aioli in a warm brioche bun. The sausage was really flavorful and delicious! The honey mustard aioli really added a nice component as well. The over medium egg made it pretty messy, but it was worth the drippy yolk, and just encouraged me to eat faster.
Like I said, it's pretty straightforward. The sandwiches are definitely the shining stars but they are known for the original "slut": cage-free coddled egg on top of a smooth potato purée, poached in a glass jar, topped with gray salt and chives, served with slices of baguette. Although this sounded amazing, I really wanted to try the freshly delivered and warmed brioche bun, and it was worth it. The bread totally makes the whole experience. I could literally just eat loaves of this bread, for days.
The LA Factor
Are substitutions welcome? Yes and no. You can sub a fresh salad with any sandwich instead of bread if you're gluten-free or just don't want the carbs. You can also add avocado (for a charge). Other than that, just order it as it comes. It's worth it, I promise.
Tips & Tricks
When we first tried to go a few months ago to the original location in Downtown LA's Grand Central Market, the line was INSANE. Granted, it was a Sunday morning, but we waited in line for about 45 minutes and barely moved an inch. I'm assuming any location is better during the week, but I went to the new Glendale spot at around 10:30 a.m. on a Friday morning and waited no more than 10 minutes. Seating is limited, but everyone eats pretty quickly so it wasn't a problem. Plus it's so small that you can easily intimidate people into eating faster. That always works on me.
Currently 3 locations in LA: Grand Central Market, Venice, and Glendale. There's also a Las Vegas location inside the Cosmopolitan. The Glendale spot was easy to find, although parking was a little tricky. It's also right next to a Shake Shack and a Philz Coffee, and across the street from the Americana. So you can pretty much make a delicious day out of it!
See for yourself!
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