Take the Walk (or drive) of Pride to visit the ultimate Slut. EggSlut that is. In downtown Los Angeles lies Grand Central Market, a bustling hall filled with produce stands, tacos and even Jewish style bagels. Maneuver your way from the Parking Garage past the delicious smelling ethnic foods to the end of the market, where you will find your new favorite spot; EggSlut. A restaurant created from founder Alvin Cailan’s true love for eggs.
During lunchtime on a Thursday, crowds filled the bar stool seating, and the line to order curved past the adjacent Kombucha Tea stand (you can’t make this stuff up in LA). My sister, Leigh and I finally reached the front talking to the extremely charming guy working at the only register. He helped guide us through the menu to make the perfect selections. We needed to order their signature ‘Slut,’ as well as the Fairfax Sandwich and their classic Bacon, Egg and Cheese.
Snagging a seat at the bar, we watched the few chefs make the magic happen. Sizzling bacon, brioche buns toasting and of course, eggs being cooked in every form. My sister and I gave major side-eye to the two very “LA” girls next to us, eating their little salads with yes, eggs.
We sprung out of our seats the moment our names rang out, picking up our three plates of goodness, quickly snapping pictures before digging in.
Like any smart person person, we began with the Slut. And of course, the Slut is hot.
I’m normally a conventional breakfast girl, but this Slut makes me question all past decisions. Served, and made in a clear jar, the coddled egg sits on top of a silky potato puree. The texture of the potato puree reminded me of grits, silky and smooth with a slight graininess that’s beyond enjoyable. Yolk from the coddled egg slowly mixes with the puree, creating a decadent jar of perfection. Give me a few more crostini, and a weekly shipment of Sluts to New York City and I’ll be a happy girl.
Next, we move onto the Fairfax Sandwich.
Oh dear Fairfax, I dream of you. Your toasty, buttery and slightly crunchy Brioche bun housing the most silky and beautiful slow scrambled eggs. And the caramelized onions, oh the onions. Sweet, stringy and slightly tart with that deep brown coloring that signifies their peak of perfection. A thin slice of Cheddar Cheese melds the loose eggs and chives to the delightful bun. And finally, the kick of Sriracha, slightly mellowed in spice from the mayonnaise gives a heat that catapults this sandwich into a different stratosphere. It’s perfection tucked into a branded brown paper bag.
After an incredible, one of a kind Slut and the Fairfax, a simple classic sandwich had a lot of live up to.
After devouring silky slow-scrambled egg, a fried egg doesn’t give off that same level of flavor. It’s a great Bacon, Egg and Cheese, one that made even a Ketchup Hating person like myself enjoy the smokiness from the Chipotle mixture. Once again, the sweet, buttery brioche was delightful absorbing any remaining fat from the smoky, crisp bacon. But at the end of the day, it’s a bacon, egg and cheese. And after you’ve had the great Fairfax and Slut, the classic won’t simply do.
EggSlut is one of those fabulous places you can’t believe you never been to before, and once you’ve visited you cannot wait to go back. The place, where you know exactly what you’re going to get, and you know you’ll love it even more then the trip before. The staff beams smiles from ear to ear, chatting with the patrons, as you sit slightly envious of the one’s they know by name. Both businessmen in suits and girls with tattoos in graphic tanks line the bar, smiling at each other in an egg-filled bliss. Oh EggSlut, can you be my main girl?
EggSlut – 317 South Broadway (inside Grand Central Market) – Los Angeles, CA
….and oh yeah, they validate.
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Type: New American
Perfect For: Chronic Brunch, Quick Bite, Farm to Table, Celebrity Sighting, Impressing Foodies, Take Out
Open: Everyday (Breakfast & Lunch)
Reservations: Not Available
Favorite Dishes: Slut, Fairfax