Among all the lights of Vegas, there are many celebrity chefs. As much as hubs and I wanted to check out these restaurants, breakfast didn’t seem to be a big item on the strip of these restaurants. We had one great breakfast in Henderson, and we were ready for another. After asking a few people on the property and reading a few reviews, we ended up at The Cracked Egg which was only a block from our hotel.
The place was packed on the Saturday morning, so I assumed this was a good thing. We only had to wait about 15 minutes before being escorted to a booth in the back corner of the restaurant. It was the perfect view of the restaurant and kitchen – my favorite seat in the house. The restaurant is pretty bare, nothing too exciting in decor. It is pretty big too, but all the tables were full with more people waiting. Despite the busy atmosphere, the service was still quick and we were greeted quickly.
After looking over the menu and having hot coffee brought quickly to us, we placed our order. Hubs settled on the special of the day: chili verde breakfast burrito. He loves breakfast burritos, so it didn’t take him long to decide. A flour tortilla had seasoned pork, scrambled egg and chili verde wrapped up tight. Over the top was melted jack cheese and sour cream. I had a quick bite and it was everything I thought it would be. A slight spice from the pork cut by the creamy cheese, it was a good solid breakfast. Hubs liked it ‘very much’ as he ate it all, not leaving a drip of queso unturned.
I debated a bit, but landed on the sweet potato skillet. I was a little worried about the sweetness factor, but ordered it anyway. Just like a thought, it was subtly sweet, but not in an overwhelming way. The potatoes had been slightly fried and cooked with bacon pieces, grilled onions and the best part, green apples. They had a perfect tart flavor to the sweetness of the caramelized onions. The bacon was slightly smokey and salty, best thing ever for the apples and melted muenster cheese on top. Two perfectly poached eggs adorned the top (these are cooked to order – I’m a sucker for poached eggs) so when you cut into them, the rich and creamy yolk spilled over the hash skillet. It was definitely more food than I needed, but every bit was delicious. It was easy to have all the components in every bite too; no ingredient overpowered any of the others. I would highly recommend this to any sweet potato lover who is looking to mix a bit of savory into their morning meal.
Another great thing was the coffee cake. With the skillet, I had the option of coffee cake or toast. I was surprised as coffee cake is a small cry from an average breakfast side. The flavor of the coffee cake does change daily, so the server wasn’t quite sure what kind it was. He had thought pumpkin. With me being the pumpkin fan, I’m always game. However, it was cherry. I slightly sighed as I’m not a huge cherry fan (and I was so sad it wasn’t pumpkin), but I quickly revoked the disappointed sigh for one of pure happiness. This coffee cake was phenomenal. It was tender and soft with a subtle crunch on top. The cherries were plump and swirled in on the bottom of the cake. If you don’t have time to stop for a full breakfast, the least you can do is order a piece of coffee cake and cup of coffee.
The Cracked Egg may not look like much in the strip mall, or even when you walk in with the slightly bare walls. Service was friendly and timely, always filling up the coffee without any prompting. Price was reasonable, not cheap but not expensive; without tip it was approximately $25. The food was good, solid and delicious. We were happy to have stumbled on this place.
The Cracked Egg * 1000 N. Green Valley Parkway #480 * Henderson, NV * 702.868.5505
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