EGG PLANTATION

ADDRESS: 24415 Walnut Street, Santa Clarita, CA 91321

WEBSITEhttp://www.eggplantation.com/

Spending the two weeks out in southern California also afforded me the opportunity to go see my brother Kevin and his girlfriend Alina. That Saturday morning, we made plans to meet up in the Santa Clarita area to get some brunch.

My friend Catherine lives around that area, so I had asked her if she had any recommendations for brunch spots. She mentioned Egg Plantation as one of the more popular spots in the area; she certainly wasn’t exaggerating. When we pulled up around 11 a.m., the line of people waiting was already pretty stacked up, amounting to a 30 – 45 minute wait. We put our names in with the hostess and settled in to a spot in the breezeway leading to the parking area, waiting to get called.

Even though it was raining outside, we found a portion of the waiting area covered from the weather. We were summoned back to the hostess stand a little while after, and got led to an outdoor seating area under a large awning. I cracked open the menu to start looking at their omelette selection, only to get immediately swept up in all 101 choices that they offered.

I hope you’re not feeling indecisive.

Two full pages of just omelettes, with quite a few combinations that sounded really good, along with quite a few that had me scratching my head (I’m looking at you, strawberry preserves and sour cream). Somehow, I was able to wade my way through the sea of words in the menu’s omelette section, and decided to go with the #74: avocado, bacon, tomatoes, green onions, and cheese. Instead of the normal Monterey Jack cheese, I decided to substitute in some goat cheese.

The rain started to come down harder as we continued waiting for our food. Since our table was right on the border of the awning, we had to do some shuffling around to avoid getting hit by the rain blowing under the awning. I guess it raining in California is a rarity; some people from work even said that I brought it with me when I came from Florida!

After a bit of a wait, our omelettes rolled out of the kitchen. The four egg disclaimer was no joke, as these omelettes took up about half the entire plate. The other half was completely covered with the side of O’Brien potatoes that comes with the dish. Not to mention, our omelettes also came with a side of toast. It’s definitely a good thing that I hadn’t eaten breakfast, because there wouldn’t have been any chance of me finishing all that food if I had.

Taking a look inside the mountain of an omelette.

A few bites into my omelette, one thing I began to notice was the overall lack of seasoning. There was some natural salt content from the bacon and goat cheese, but for the remainder of the items inside the omelette, I was grabbing the salt and pepper shaker. It was a similar story for the potatoes as well, as just a bit more seasoning would have helped to elevate it to a tasty side dish.

Portion-wise, there’s certainly a lot of food to go around for just the one dish that you would order. I’m pretty sure that day I didn’t start feeling hungry again until at least 8 hours after the meal. While the variety of the omelettes is one of the defining traits of the menu, it’s also tough to get past the lack of seasoning on the food overall. If I was met with a 45-minute wait to get seated in the future, that’s when I’d probably look to see if there were some other dining options available nearby.

Let’s now take a look at the Egg Plantation Dish Spotlight. Asterisks (*) below mark my recommended dishes.

** Omelette #74 **
Avocado, bacon, tomatoes, scallions, and Monterey Jack cheese (pictured here with goat cheese).

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And finally, here are my rankings for Egg Plantation:

Food: 3.75 / 5

Variety is an understatement when the menu is loaded up with 101 different omelette options to choose from. The ingredient combinations were nice, with the only negative mark being the lack of seasoning we got on our food.

Atmosphere: 4 / 5

The outdoor seating area would probably be a nice dining environment, if it wasn’t for the rain. I did get the chance to venture to the inside dining room when using the restroom, and it seemed pretty tightly packed in there.

Service: 4.25 / 5

Our waiter for the meal was very laid-back and accommodating. He came back frequently to check on if we needed anything. Despite how jam-packed the restaurant was, I also thought the kitchen did a good job staying on top of the orders.

Price: 4.5 / 5

For the portion sizes of the food, you will certainly get your money’s worth. I was impressed I didn’t walk away with some leftovers to-go.

Overall:
16.5 / 20
(83%)

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