When I read that Eggspectation was opening a new restaurant in Christiana — their first in Delaware — I couldn’t wait to give it a try.
Why? Two reasons.
First, because I enjoyed my experience at Eggspectation restaurants in Montreal, Toronto and San Antonio, and secondly, because I truly appreciate any business which invests and brings jobs to the state that I consider my home, Delaware.
The original Eggspectation started as a high-end brunch concept in downtown Montreal in 1993. But since then, the chain has developed a growing list of dinner items and now has 31 restaurants worldwide, including locations in Canada, India, Qatar, and Dubai. The First State’s Eggspectation is located at 507 Stanton-Christiana Road in Newark (at the intersection of Routes 4 and 7) near Christiana Hospital.
Dishes really spread across the whole gamut now, with wood-fired flatbreads, lamb chop and salmon steak on the menu and a clever Mimosa bar (full bar options, too). Robbie Jester, head chef at the Stone Balloon in Newark, is the culinary director at High 5 Hospitality, which owns the business in Christiana.
For me, Eggspectation is really all about the ‘breakfast all day’ concept, what the French Canadians call “le cirque des œufs,” (the egg circus). In a recent National Restaurant Association poll, seven out of ten consumers across all age brackets said they wished restaurants would serve breakfast at all waking hours.
Breakfast classics with a twist
Breakfast for me is comfort food at its best, and at Eggspectation they have many staples with a twist, like Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Belgian waffles (which my niece really liked), French toast, and ‘High Rise’ pancakes with bacon, sausage and potatoes between each hotcake served with a fried egg on top.
If you are, like me, crazy about Eggs Benedict, you will find it hard to decide between their six different varieties; from the traditional Canadian ham to salmon, lobster, lump crab meat, spinach and ricotta cheese or my favorite: Avocado Toast Benedict!
If you prefer something different, they have options for every taste. The friendly manager tells us that some of the most popular food items at the Christiana/Newark location are any of the four the savory crepes. Interestingly, diners at the Delaware location, he says, prefer lighter, healthier items compared to other locations in the country.
Their “Uneggsspected” steak and eggs dish comes with a 6 oz. certified Angus Beef NY strip steak cooked just the way you like it with two free-range Omega-3 enriched eggs, prepared any style, and homemade Lyonnaise-style sauce.
The other breakfast option that impresses is Canadian with a fun Mexican twist: Toluca Poutine – Chorizo, tater tots, caramelized onions, and cheese curds, smothered in breakfast gravy and hollandaise sauce. Topped with pico de gallo, sour cream and a sunny-side-up egg. Delish!
Gluten-free options and fresh pressed juice drinks
They have an extensive gluten-free menu that includes waffles, pancakes, pasta, and flatbread pizza. Eve Eggs Benedict can be prepared on a gluten-free English Muffin.
Other items on their menu are a complete specialty coffee and beverage bar (coffee imported from Italy) — I tried their Nutella hot chocolate and it hit the spot! Their juice bar is also great, with options like Guiltless Greens – a blend of chopped kale and apple blended with agave nectar, pineapple juice, and a splash of lemon and lime juice. Other juice I liked is Honey Blue, a mix of blueberry, banana, and honey blended with yogurt.
Check out the Mimosa Bar
What makes this place interesting apart from breakfast is their Mimosa Bar. Their combinations are very creative, offering new flavors like cranberry, strawberry and even a pink bubbly with strawberry Moscato wine.
At Eggspectation, decor and ambiance are modern and fun, too. You can see part of the kitchen, they have high ceilings and their lamps are like sculptures resembling eggshells.
Going to Eggspectation was a good experience, the service was attentive and the prices are fair for the food quality. I will certainly come back to try new dishes. And what makes me the happiest is to see world-class food franchises coming to our town.
Eggspectation is open from 7 am to 9 pm daily. Several classic and a la carte items not found online are listed on the in house menu. And they welcome substitutions!