CARROLLWOOD — A chain of breakfast and lunch eateries that started on the West Coast of the United States will be making it to the West Coast of Florida. The 242-seat Broken Yolk Cafe — boasting a huge selection of breakfast and lunch items — opened its doors Monday in Carrollwood.
The first of several cafes launching in Tampa Bay, the Broken Yolk opened its flagship restaurant in San Diego in 1979. Since that time, the cafe has expanded to 17 franchises throughout the United States. Twenty-three additional locations are in development.
In addition to being in a desirable area, the chain chose the Carrollwood shopping center at 10442 Dale Mabry Highway because, according to a company spokesperson, people polled in the area enjoy scratch cooking and hearty breakfasts.
“We are known for large, shareable portions of food that are cooked from scratch,” said Valerie McCartney, vice president, franchise sales and development. “We use real eggs, not liquefied egg product and real potatoes, not dehydrated potatoes. We bake all of our muffins and biscuits. We make all of our sauces and gravies from scratch. We are really known for scratch cooking and a broad menu that combines standard breakfast favorites with a lot of signature items — unique items that you don’t find on every other menu.”
When asked to predict what menu items would become customer favorites, McCartney didn’t hesitate.
“The Border Benedict, our spin on the classic Eggs Benedict,” she said.
In this case, going “South of the border” means two poached eggs and seasoned carne asada atop two sweet corn cakes, smothered in homemade poblano sauce. The Border Benedict is served with homefries, hashbrowns, Mexican rice, refried beans or fresh fruit.
McCartney also said the Tiki Toast — two extra-thick slices of sweet Hawaiian bread dipped in batter, griddled to a golden brown and topped with strawberries, blueberries, caramel drizzle and shredded coconut — was another favorite Broken Yolk signature dish.
“We are known for a broad menu and have folks visit our restaurants three and four times a week,” she said. “Our extensive menu helps eliminate menu burnout or menu boredom.”
The cafe can also accommodate guests’ gluten-free meal restrictions.
For those with a voracious appetite, The Broken Yolk Cafe offers a challenge that was highlighted on the Travel Channel’s “Man vs. Food” in 2010 — an Iron Man/Iron Woman Challenge.
“The challenge is to eat a 12 egg omelet made in a 16-inch pizza pan,” McCartney said. “Half of it is smothered in chili and cheese and the other half, home fries and two of our oversized biscuits. It’s pretty sizable. If you eat it in an hour, it’s free and you get recognition on the wall of fame.”
Guests can also connect with The Broken Yolk Cafe via social media. In fact, they invited 600 of their Facebook fans to enjoy a free meal during the two days of their soft-launch opening. Ways to connect include @brokenyolkcafe on Twitter and Instagram and via Facebook at www .facebook.com/thebro kenyolkcafecarrollwoodfl.
For information, visit www.thebrokenyolkcafe .com or call (813) 769-9358. It’s open daily 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.