Dave had the morning free, due to the abnormal weather pattern experienced here in the County of Orange, so we indulged in our favorite outing: breakfast. We had heard of Eat Chow a few weeks ago from a review in the OC Register and we were in the mood to try some place new. The restaurant itself is located in the Closet off Newport Blvd. The restaurant has its own entrance off of 18th street. The restaurant is no more than ten or twelve tables in a modern, minimalist esthetic. Two walls of the restaurant are glass that look into The Closet, and there is a door that leads from one to the other.
Being up and early, there was no wait. We were seated and ordered our coffees. A quick look at the menu and right away I knew would order the Chilaquiles. Dave, of course, ordered Chow Benedict (or Eggs Benedict). The menu selection was small but well chosen, including many of the classic breakfast dishes: egg sandwich, omelets and a large selection of MexiCali dishes. The wait was not too long for our food, but perhaps that was because I was visualizing all the clothes I might try on over at The Closet. The portions were large, but not ridiculously so like some breakfast joints. The Chilaquiles was a bit fancier than traditional recipes; it was two fried eggs over a small amount of chips in a very tasty red sauce. It was served with black beans, guacamole and queso fresco. The chips were still pretty crunchy but it was a nice contrast to the texture of the eggs and beans.
Dave really enjoyed his Eggs Benedict, the poached eggs were perfect: whites set and yolk liquid. The baguette (in place of the English muffin) was warm and thick, it was served with a side of hash browns. Dave believes the quality of a, breakfast, restaurant depends on the preparation of the Eggs Benedict. Everything, he said, was delicious.
Furthermore, the staff was friendly and helpful. Bonus: at the bottom of our check it said we could get 10% off at The Closet when the receipt is presented.
I am definitely coming back, but do to the size of the restaurant I will probably try to stay away during the rush hours.
Rachell A. Wilfert
&. The Wilfert Group©