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Oct. 7, 2004

Eggspectation: false advertising brought to a new level

by Adedeji Ogunfolu, Page Editor
Don't let the title deceive you. As you walk into this new restaurant in Downtown Silver Spring, you may expect to be overwhelmed with eggs-but there are burgers, chicken wings and other standard dishes. Though the first thing you see in the menu is a line that says "We are a company committed to innovation and excellence," be forewarned that you shouldn't expect anything spectacular.

The restaurant has a quirky and awkwardly charming motif. The shelves overflowing with books create the feeling of entering an intellectual tavern. The lights are dim and the lopsided stain-glass chandeliers and pictures of random people plastered across the brick walls are strange. The theme of the restaurant is unclear.

Be daring and try one of the smoothies from the juice bar. The black beauty, a blueberry, blackberry, and yogurt concoction blended with cranberry juice and ice ($4.49) lulls the taste buds into a pleasurable experience. The only problem with the beverage is no care is taken to remove the seeds, which prevents you from completely enjoying the fruit mixture.

There are a medley of ordinary appetizers and they are served in generous portions. One of the standard choices on the appetizer menu are the hot and spicy chicken wings for $6.99. The crab and salmon soup of the day is also a good choice. Made with crab, salmon, carrots, and broccoli, the soup is thick and courts the taste buds with its smooth blend of seafood and fresh vegetables.

The major negative aspect about the dining experience is the main focus of the restaurant, the eggs, aren't at all what they're cracked up to be. The choices are varied, with a omelets, eggs benedict, or a set of odd eggcentricity dishes that customers can chose from, but the many abundance of egg dish possibilities does not make up for the poor quality of the eggs themselves. The bacon and cheese omelets for $7.49 is bland and flimsy at best, seemingly half filled with air, and the eggs are watery and lack substance. The dish is made tolerable by the addition of grilled potatoes enveloped in tasty spices, with slices of orange, cantaloupe and toast as side dishes.

Despite the second-rate qualities of the eggs, there are some positive aspects to Eggspectation. For example, the kitchen is in plain view, so you are able to see the cleanliness of the area and be sure about the safety of the dining experience. Another good thing is the moderate prices, with the crab dishes being the most expensive at
about $15.00.

Eggspectation, located on 923 Ellsworth Drive, is situated between Red Lobster and Austin Grill in downtown Silver Spring.

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  • ! on October 7, 2004
    EGSSPECtations is amazing
  • mm on October 7, 2004
    well, I went with a friend when it first opened, and I thought it was pretty good.
  • Madeline on October 7, 2004
    About that black beauty smoothie you had. $4.49 is a standard price for smooties these days. Whether you go to the JumbaJuice in WholeFoods or IceIceBaby in Wheaton Mall, it's all going to be about $5, which I agree is overpriced. Secondly, blackberrys are full of seeds, and small seeds at that. If you did not know that before you ordered your drink of chioce, I'm sorry. The seeds in the fruit are what make it interesting, different, speacial. The seeds make the blackberry, the blackberry makes the smoothie, the seeds are in the smoothie. Like it or leave it.
  • Dr. Knowalot on October 8, 2004
    Like Madeline, I'm perplexed by reviewer's odd, very odd, aversion to blackberry seeds. The review begs the question: Would the reviewer like a blackberry smoothie if it came without seeds? Butthen would a blackberry smoothie without seeds even be a blackberry smoothie? The perplexities mount as one examines the implications of his inane evaluation concerning blackberries.
  • Nick Billhimer on October 12, 2004
    In the reviewers defense, his dislike of the smoothie (and ordering thereof) came from ignorance of the information about blackberries and their seeds. As for the rest of the establishments (eggspectations) contents, the review seemed reasonable and unbiased, although I happen to know the reviewer loves to criticise and knock everything he can, when he's not laughing maniacally at things no one should be entertained by.
  • Madeline (Billhimer) on October 13, 2004
    Don't disagree with my opinion Nicholas, I know where you sleep...
  • Stewie on October 19, 2004
    This was a badly written and fairly empty review. Keep trying, skip.
  • hmmm on February 21, 2005 at 10:56 AM
    "The theme of the restaurant is unclear. "

    The restaurant is called Eggspectations--i think it's pretty clear the theme is eggs.
  • YUCK on February 22, 2005 at 4:45 PM
    I think this restuarant is disturbingly gross. Alot of the food is centered around eggs.. not everything but it definately was not worth the money. The salads are straight up gross, brown leaves and just very watery, like they rinsed the leaves off and let them soak in water, no flavor. BUT thats just me. Can we get some restuarant reviews that are more than 5 miles from Blair. THANKS
  • me on March 16, 2005 at 8:55 AM
    im never eating there again, i got gypped 1st time i went there spending like $8 on some crabcakes that where quarter-sized AND they only gave me too, i was about to KIRK OUT!
  • D on March 17, 2005 at 9:07 AM
    Their steaks are incredible though. And as for the watery salads, maybe you should get some dressing on the side, ya donkey.
  • renee on August 2, 2005 at 10:26 PM
    ew i hate that place
  • Dora on September 17, 2005 at 9:26 AM
    The food there isn't all that great, and it's expensive, but thats nothing new to anyone who has written
  • Karen (View Email) on July 27, 2006 at 12:37 PM
    I've been to Eggspectations a few times and been happy with the food, including the egg dishes. I think the reviewer just went on a bad day.
  • Ginny (View Email) on December 23, 2006 at 12:35 AM
    my eggspectations were greatly deflated when i ventured to order the "Chesapeake Crepes", which were supposed to contain lump crabmeat. I should have asked; One lump or two? It looked wonderful on the plate... two large crepes crossing each other, flanked with a small dish of coctail sauce. Bite after bite revealed no crabmeat, so I began breaking the crepes open to discover, finally, about 2 teaspoons of meat at on end of the top crepe. An occasional flake of crabmeat could be found elsewhere......
    odd how they could charge $15.00 for so little in the way of seafood. It was mostly chopped bell peppers and green onion. I reported my dismay to the waitress, and the manager came to my table to offer me something else to eat..... I could not see spending more time there, and his only offer was his business card and the promise; "Next time you come to order it, i will supervise the preparation."
    What 'next time'?
  • eggs employee on June 6, 2007 at 9:46 AM
    Well obviously their non-breakfast food isn't great, and im not gonna lie and say that it is, but I do think that the breakfast food (not just the eggs, but also pancakes, waffles, etc.) is really good. Also, (this is directed to "dora") it's really no more expensive than any other sitdown restaurant in dtss, in fact it's probably less expensive.
  • siiike on September 11, 2007 at 1:20 PM
    actually...its really awesome
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