Yum! Patty's building Eggnests all over county
This beloved chain is a local institution.
Thanks to a winning combination of old favorites and prized signature dishes, Patty's is strong and apparently growing stronger.
Two new Eggnests have opened in the past year, for a total of eight restaurants. All but one are in Snohomish County.
I recently visited the charming new south Everett location, Patty's Eggnest & Turkey House, which opened in January at the former Mitzel's site on 128th Street.
After reading glowing reviews online about Patty's signature dishes, I knew I needed to try the acclaimed Nutter Butter French Toast ($9.95).
Wow. Wow. Wow.
“French toast” does not do this life-changing experience justice.
It is described on the menu as “two slices of thick homestyle bread with peanut butter and sweet cream, deep fried, topped with our famous Devonshire fresh cream, served with banana slices.”
I assumed the dish would be a heavy load of overwhelming sweetness, nothing more than a one-time rite of Patty's passage.
I was wrong.
My Nutter Butter bread slices were exceptionally light and fluffy. Though deep-fried, they did not ooze oil like a state fair funnel cake.
Welded together with a thin spread of peanut butter and cream — and surrounded in a delightful flaky breading — this decadent double-decker dish tastes more like an embellished raised doughnut than French toast.
It did not need syrup. Syrup never even crossed my mind.
Its Devonshire cream, light and sweet, was the perfect foil to all the doughy goodness, along with two thick slices of perfectly cooked bacon.
Even the bananas were just the right ripeness.
This, my friends, is how you treat yourself.
If a more manly dish is what you crave, try another house specialty, the Bigfoot Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs ($11.95), an 11-ounce cut of tenderized beef, breaded, fried and served with sausage gravy, three eggs, two pieces of toast and an acre of hashbrowns.
Every element on the Bigfoot plate was to my liking. Thin, crisp and well-seasoned, my steak had a surprisingly sophisticated flavor, especially when combined with chunky sausage gravy and intermittent bites of hashbrowns, which were crusty brown on top, and soft and tender in the middle.
My eggs were cooked correctly over medium, and my toast was a thick, hearty whole wheat, complemented by a tableside jar of spoon-it-on-yourself strawberry jam.
Though there were many other house specialties I wanted to try — British Breakfast, Swedish Pancakes and Fresh Trout & Eggs, to name a few — my dining companion and I decided we should order something off the rather extensive regular menu.
We chose the Veggie Scramble ($10.25) and were delighted with the fresh, colorful mix of tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, green peppers and spinach, plus a generous infusion of feta.
If Patty's standard portions are too much, patrons 55 and older are eligible for a selection of smaller mini breakfasts (all $6.25).
There were a few negative things about my experience: Though our service was excellent overall, our first round of coffee wasn't hot, a big whoops for a down-home eatery.
Second, one of my plates was severely chipped with a dime-sized piece of the edge missing.
Though all of the Patty's Eggnests serve pretty much the same breakfast menu, some variations exist: If you want the Nutter Butter French Toast at the Patty's at the Chuckwagon Inn on Evergreen Way, ask for the Elvis French Toast.
The Eggnest chain, founded by Theo and Patty Papadopoulos in 1989 in Seattle, is now run by three brothers, Billy, Tom and Ron Chin.
Knowing how well Patty's does breakfast, I'm sure the turkey house side of the new Everett restaurant is excellent, too.
That's good news not just for south Everett, but also Arlington, where Patty's Eggnest & Turkey House opened in 2009 in the former home of the much-loved O'Brien Turkey House.
You'll find Patty's newest location at 17917 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell. It opened about three weeks ago.
Patty's Eggnest & Turkey House
303 128th St. SW, Everett; 425-355-0300; www.pattyseggnestrestaurant.net
Specialties: Breakfast, turkey lunches and dinners, prime rib Friday and Saturday nights
Hours: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays
Prices: Low to moderate
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