Over Easy – Phoenix, AZ

by Gary Weinberg on August 3, 2009

Over EasyI have never been much of a morning person, especially on my day off from work. My weekends are typically a time where I sleep in until late morning, get up, have coffee, and start my day. It just so happened that this particular Sunday I was up early because we were going to a baseball game and decided to stop for breakfast at Over Easy. I’ve heard a lot of hype about this place, especially since it was featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives (one of my favorite shows). I decided to see for myself if it lived up to the hype.

We pulled into the parking lot at 10AM, it was already really crowded. Note: if you come to this place get here early. They are only open until 11:30 AM. The parking lot is small, but there is additional parking at another restaurant next door. The restaurant is too small to have an indoor waiting area, but they setup a tent outside so patrons can sit in the shade. After about a 40 minute wait, we were seated at our table on the patio. A few things before I go on, and yes they’re complaints; the patio (which is about half the seating for the restaurant) is covered and has fans blowing but it was still uncomfortably hot. Note to the owner: this is Arizona, it’s hot here… you may want to provide more indoor seating. Complaint number two: the seating on the patio is too cramped. We were seated next to a large party and we kept rubbing elbows with them. However the service, so far, was very good. Coffee and water came out fast and the staff did a nice job of keeping our glasses full.

The menu had a nice variety – it featured different omelets, griddle specialties, entrees, and baked goods. Most selections are under $10 and they also have a “healthy The Over Easychoices” section for the more health conscious. Since I am not a health nut and this site is Good Greasy Eats, I ordered the “Over Easy”, which I assumed was their specialty. It’s toasted brioche with sauteed spinach, fried egg, bacon, and scallions. My dining companion ordered the “Wolfpack” which is 2 eggs, bacon, and cheese sandwiched between 2 layers of hash browns. After about 20 minutes the food arrived. Both entrees were solid portions of food. The Over Easy was pretty good; the egg was cooked to perfection although I felt that The Wolfpackthey used a little too much spinach for my liking and the bacon was a bit soggy – I like my bacon very crispy. But overall not bad. My dining companion’s Wolfpack was very good; the hash browns and eggs were cooked perfectly and the cheese was mixed in very nicely. I thought the Wolfpack was delicious and liked it better than the Over Easy. The bill came to about $25 for two people, which I thought was quite reasonable for the portions of food that we received, and the service was very good. Overall, I walked out of this place very full and it didn’t break the bank. A few notes below:

Pros: Nice sized portions of food
Decent Menu
Good Service

Cons: Long wait outside in the hot sun
Cramped Quarters

Over Easy
4031 N. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Overeasy on Urbanspoon

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1 Dwight Wintringer August 4, 2009 at 12:38 pm

In the current economy we are spending our money wisely. That is what you will do at Over Easy. Why would you want to spend your money with a major corporation when you can get an eclectic meal with fresh ingredients cooked with the utmost attention to detail and support the local restaurateur. Great food and real service with a smile is were I want to eat.


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