It was my parents wedding anniversary last week so we took them out for Sunday brunch to one of Arizona’s consistently top-rated dining institutions: The legendary T.C. Eggington’s Brunchery has been serving up an “eggstra” special breakfast, lunch and brunch in Mesa, Arizona since 1985. Featuring award winning traditional family recipes all made from scratch using only the freshest ingredients.
T.C.’s dining space is very large and seats a tonne of people. They even offer covered patio seating, available with misters and heaters for year round outdoor dining. We waited approximately 20 minutes for a table of four, and while we waited, we noticed that the restaurant seemed very efficiently run and the host staff were quick to take names and seat customers.
For drinks, we chose a Hawaiian Colada ($3.95) – This cheerful “smoothie shoogle” has a smidgen of coconut milk, orange juice, yogurt and pineapple. According to T.C. Eggington’s, a shoogle is an English version of a shake, although we’ve never heard the term before! The beverage itself was tasty, however, the whipped topping had an unpleasant oily aftertaste. Why can’t restaurants just use real whipped cream (or no topping at all!)? It’s one of my biggest pet-peeves. Anyway, we all ordered Coffee ($2.25 each) served from a carafe that’s kept on table à la IHOP. We also ordered a Decaf Americano ($1.85 single/ $2.45 double) served in a glass mug. Unfortunately, both the coffee and espresso were very weak.
Plain & Simple ($7.95) – Two large farm fresh eggs prepared just the way you like them with either a large sliced ham steak, home style bacon, or select sausage links. Like the omelette, this dish is served with a toasted English muffin & parlour preserves with a choice of either parlour potatoes, fresh fruit, sliced tomatoes or cottage cheese. The hashbrowns were pretty decent. Nice and crispy on one side and fluffy goodness on the interior.
Overall, the French toast and omelette were both fantastic at T.C. Eggington’s, but they could certainly work on the quality of their beverages. It appears that it really depends on what you order at T.C.’s as some menu items are hit-and-miss. Service was great and the restaurant really does exude the homey, family-style atmosphere that they’re famous for.