You can’t live around the Louisville/South Indiana area without hearing about Wild Eggs. It’s popularity is well known, but with the crowd comes the occasional hipster echo of “it’s not as good as it used to be,” or “it’s too busy now” which may be one of the reasons it’s taken us a while to get around to trying it.
When we arrived mid Saturday morning, we found it already quite busy. After we parked hubby went to sort out our parking (at a rather uncooperative machine) while I went to put our name in. We were quoted about 45 minutes and waited that approximate time, but this wasn’t much of a surprise from others we’ve heard talk about Wild Eggs. The wait is eased a bit by the free drip coffee in a corner next to the hostess station (which was solid) along with plush cushioned seating and a clean and modern décor with brightly painted walls.
After our wait we were escorted up a short stair to our table. The dining area was not at all crowded, but rather felt a very comfortable and open extension of the hostess foyer. We had already had a chance to peruse the menu, but I hadn’t paid much attention to the drinks on the back page so it took me a moment to decide first whether or not I wanted more coffee and then, when I decided no, which other brunch cocktail most appealed to me. There appeared to be many great options, but I finally settled on the Grand Mimosa.
This mimosa was an upgraded boozy version of the original (Grand Marnier being the simple addition that took it up a notch). In total it was a pleasant, refreshing and effervescent drink all at once that I was able to slowly sip on for the rest of the meal.
After glancing over the menu just a touch more the waiter came back to see if he could answer any questions. The only one I had was if I could get a half order of Biscuits and Gravy rather than a full. Our kind waiter told us that we could not only do a half order on the Biscuits and Gravy but also the Breakfast Nachos. This information made decision-making oddles easier. After we finished ordering we had a bit of a wait, but plenty of fun people watching as hubby and I worked out our Thanksgiving plan of attack (lots of travel and scheduling involved).
Our food arrived in a beautifully varied spread that I was excited to dig into.
As we were ordering our Biscuits and Gravy we were given the additional options of chorizo gravy versus a bacon and white gravy. Since he strongly urged us towards the chorizo version I was inclined to give it a try. It sounded like an interesting twist as well and I’m glad he recommended it because the chorizo gravy was amazingly tasty. It had the perfect amount of spice for me and was entirely different from b&gs I’ve had before. If you’re stopping in at Wild Eggs I highly encourage you to at least give a half order a try.
Next up, the Sweet Home Apple Bourbon Crêpes came out looking prettily splattered with caramel sauce atop a nice little mountain of whipped cream. Each delicately rolled crêpe was a slightly-crisped bit of buttery goodness filled with a subtly spiced and sweet cream cheese filling. This filling helped to better balance out the sweetness of the caramel-apple compote. I loved the pecan nuttiness and that each bite came with a drip of caramel that wouldn’t let go of the plate. The only slight downside was the lack of bourbon flavor coming through in the compote, but that’s a pretty minor complaint in my book.
Our half order of Breakfast Nachos with Chorizo was a pretty solid dish with an intriguing Chipotle Hollandaise sauce. I added a little extra hot sauce to the mix, but overall the nachos were well-composed. The creamy guacamole, yummy over easy egg and the same great chorizo that helped round out the b&g made for a pretty fun and tasty treat.
Last up hubby’s Roasted Garlic Mushroom Scramble that was a unique combination of some of my favorite things, though hubby wasn’t initially thrilled with it. The eggs were pretty well prepared and nicely folded together. I loved the flavor combination, but hubby found that the garlic and earthy fungi could be a bit overwhelming. The key was apparently getting some tart, creamy goat cheese into each bite to help balance and cut through some of the headier truffle and mushroom flavors.
I also enjoyed the potatoes, though they were nothing particularly creative. They were nicely prepared and just a touch crisp in places. Hubby also got an english muffin in place of the everything muffin his scramble came with and it was quite nice and toasty.
All-in-all this was a thoroughly delightful little brunch experience (if you come prepared for the wait) though to me it was worth it. Hubby felt so-so, but generally he is a bit more on the critical side of things so take that with a grain or two of salt.
I hope you enjoyed this little post. Sorry that it’s a little late again, as the holidays draw near I’ve been struggling a bit with staying on schedule. Hopefully next week will be a little more on time… we’ll see I guess…
If like me you are in the northern part of the Northern hemisphere, currently experiencing the beginning of winter, stay warm out there. Have a happy Thanksgiving as well (I guess it’s a bit late for any of you in Canada, but eh have little extra pumpkin pie for us Yanks down south). Until next time keep brunching hard with those you love.
Today’s featured brunch: Wild Eggs, 121 S Floyd St, Louisville, KY 40202