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“A really charming breakfast place in a very charming "village".”
Review of Egg Harbor Cafe

Egg Harbor Cafe
Ranked #2 of 70 Restaurants in Lake Forest
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch
Description: Egg Harbor Café in Lake Forest brings you the highest quality, carefully-sourced breakfast and lunch with fast, friendly service in a modern farmhouse setting, 6:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily. We serve free range eggs that are certified-humane. We serve Intelligentsia gold cup standard coffee, sourced directly from the finest small family growers. You will not find high fructose corn syrup in any of our food. We are happy to offer an excellent gluten free menu. Great food, great employees and happy, satisfied customers are the goals that influence everything we do. Owners John Wright and Mike and Aimee Farrell believe that Egg Harbor´s regular customers are the glue that holds us together. As a family-owned company involving three generations of children and grandchildren, we pride ourselves in being an extended family to a great number of people, both employees and customers, and in our restaurants´ active involvement in their local communities.
Reviewed September 15, 2016

We literally "stumbled" on the Egg Harbor Cafe while driving through the delightful tree-lined streets of Lake Forest.

What really attracted us were the folks that we saw walking up to the restaurant from several different directions, the small waiting line that had formed out of the door, and a few bicycles that were parked along the sidewalk near the entrance - locals, we thought, who are returning to a favorite spot.

Our wait proved to be less than ten minutes and once inside we saw a "full house" in this quaint little breakfast nook. But in spite of the "crowd", our server offered us drinks within a minute of our being seated and was back to take our order before we had studied a very full menu. Making a choice from breakfast options that included "skillets", omelets, pancakes, crepes, eggs, benedicts, and fresh fruit proved to be very difficult but we receibved excellent suggestions from our very knowledgeable server.

I chose the Butcher Shop Omelet, a meat lovers omelet that included bacon, sausage and ham and topped with melted Colby Jack cheese. This might have been a four-egg omelet and was both scrumptious and filling.

My wife selected healthier fare - Shawna's Sun Up, a parfait made from a blend of vanilla and strawberry yogurt, very crunchy granola, fresh berries, and sliced bananas. The parfait is topped with walnuts, raisins and fresh apple slices. To complete this very A slice of our homemade banana bread made this dish even more delectable.

For those visiting the northern suburbs of Chicago, a drive over to the Egg Harbor Café in Lake Forest for breakfast would be a trip well worth one's while.

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Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

I cannot say enough good things about this quaint little breakfast spot. The menu was great and I had a very hard time deciding what to get because of the many choices. The food was exceptional, the service was excellent and our party of five could not have been any happier with our experience. It was the best breakfast I've had at a restaurant in years! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

Had breakfast here 4 mornings in a row. The staff was super nice. Food was great. The skillet dishes were a nice option as were the frittatas. A Lot to choose from. We will be back.

Thank 52viking
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Reviewed August 24, 2016

First impression - that is a lot of tables in a small space... Service was quick and friendly despite the crowd for a late lunch. I got an omelet with potatoes and the cherrywood bacon. Omelet was acceptable. The potatoes were ok, and the bacon was pretty good. Overall, kind of expensive for breakfast, and it was just OK. Everything was on the bland side. Service was excellent, though.

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Reviewed August 21, 2016

We visited the Lake Forest Egg Harbour during our visit to relatives staying in Lake Bluff. My wife and I had visited 15 years ago and remembered it being a great place to have breakfast or lunch. This time, with our 13 year old daughter, and our 80 year old relatives we again had a great experience. The place was filled with a mixer of families and friends of all ages.
The food, as the restaurant name suggests, centres around eggs. Fried, poached, scrambled etc. etc. the choice is yours. English fry up, omelettes, pancakes, crepes, Salads, scramblers etc. take your pick. The Egg Harbour potatoes (small cubed, fried) are tasty and come with many of the dishes.
All of us had great food and we are going back again during our stay. The service was excellent, friendly and helpful and food was great value for money - five of us eating and drinking for about $70.
Top Tips 1: Book a table or time your visit just before the rush times (11:30 on Sunday we had to wait about 15mins for a table)
Top Tip 2: Remember, only open for breakfast and lunch - closes at 14:00.
Top Tip 3: Take another clothing layer - air con can be . . . . refreshing! ;-)
A must visit, enjoy.

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Thank Jon D
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