What we have here is one extremely well made sandwich ($7.95). Between these two thick, pillowy slices of toasted challah bread are two hard-cooked fried eggs, cheddar and jack cheeses, bacon, crisp greens, slivers of red onion, enough mayonnaise to gush ever so slightly out the sides and a surprising tomato jam.
When you pick it up, you realize that you are in for the long haul with this creation. It will fall apart into its slippery constituents should you loosen your grip. You have no choice but to bite, chew, bite, chew, bite, chew until you are close enough to the crust to lay it down without mishap.
Each one of those bites will be a mouthful of conflicting signals. That tomato jam is sweeeeet – too sweet you will think at first. But, no, those red onions respond with their sharpness and bite. The bacon, like a scary ex-girlfriend, will not be ignored, and chimes in with smoke and salt. Meanwhile the eggs, gooey cheese and gushy mayo keep trying, unsuccessfully, to suffocate these competing flavors.
I think this what the best sandwiches do: they force all their components to cooperate.
So, here’s my advice. If you’re used to visiting the West Egg Cafe for breakfast, you might want to try out lunch. I might skip the too-sweet, one-note Brunswick Stew and get some of the cafe’s thin, crisp fried green tomatoes for a side dish.
And, of course, you want one of the famous Coca-Cola cupcakes ($2.25) for dessert. Look at that frosting: creamy but just a little crusted on the surface so it all stays in place.