East West Grille (West Hartford)

A breakfast review –

East West Grille has a unique and tasty breakfast.

And great coffee.  So important with breakfast.

And cozy atmosphere.

When it’s not super crazy crowded (actually, it’s never been all the times I have been there), it’s a fun place to sit and relax while the friendly waiters and waitresses cater to your food related needs.  I love the red booths, plants-a-plenty, and the abundant amounts of sunshine that makes its way through the diner car windows.  I felt the East West Grille magic when I came in for breakfast with my roommate this past Saturday morning.  I definitely enjoy eating in more than take out.  I have never been terribly impressed by lunch or dinner, and I think the atmosphere really adds to the positive experience.

So, breakfast is served F, Sat, + Sun. and you have your typical selections offered at any old diner like choice of eggs, breakfast meat, toast (white/wheat/rye), but as you continue to read down the list you will come across some more interesting and intriguing options.  Examples:  Asian Vegan Tofu Scrambled? Yum.  Nutella breakfast sandwich.  Yes, please!  Touch of Laos Huevos Rancheros? Mouth is watering…

I got the East West Skillet and LOVED it.  It had Laos sausage, mushrooms, pork green chili sauce, onions, and shredded cheese and serious yum factor.  All of the ingredients came together harmoniously.  The Idaho skillet also looked delish.  My roommate got the Nuevo Burrito and really enjoyed it.  It had spicy tomato rice, scrambled eggs, homemade Laos sausages, sautéed bell pepper and onions, smothered with pork chipotle green chili, topped with Mexican shredded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and scallions.

I considered ordering the rice porridge because it sounded similar to the Chinese style rice porridge “jook” that is the ultimate comfort food and a standard breakfast item to Chinese people across the world.  I asked if it was similar and our waiter told me that it is, but this version is thicker.  It comes with Asian fried dough, just like jook usually does.  Maybe next time.

I didn’t even make it to the page of the menu that listed the home-made pancakes, waffles, and fresh toast, but they sure sound delicious.  I look forward to coming back soon to try many other things including the housemade corned beef hash (*swoon*), cranberry walnut pancakes, lao sticky rice toast, bahn bao, and the aforementioned rice porridge.  Holy yum.

Oh yeah, and their coffee rocks.

526 New Park Ave
West Hartford, CT 06110
(860) 236-3287

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