I don't agree with the belief that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I believe the most important meal of the day is the next one, which is partially why I think it is tragic that many people skip breakfast, or any meal for that matter. However, if breakfast is not a frequent event in your life, you might as well go all out when you do indulge, and if that is the case, I highly recommend the fried egg sandwich at Café Twenty Eight.
This fork-and-knife affair is composed from simplistic, but impeccable ingredients including organic eggs from Schultz's farm in Owatonna. The kitchen staff prepares the eggs to perfection, with just the right amount of runniness from the yolk and perfectly tender whites.
A fantastic thyme aioli coaxes the very best of flavors from the lightly sautéed mushrooms, and the juices from that combination meld diligently with the yolk from the superb eggs to create a rich sauce. It's important to note that you have the choice between bacon and mushrooms when you order and I bravely found that if you pass on the hog, the bacon gods will not strike you dead. The melted Monterey jack adds creaminess, but doesn't deter the balance of the delicate flavors the way a sharper cheese would. Lastly the arugula in the mixed greens provides just enough bite to make the sandwich truly interesting.
Sandwich Rating: Killer. The food at Café Twenty Eight is a case study for simplicity and quality. The balance shows a mastery of both execution and restraint and I strongly believe that this breakfast sandwich could stand proud with some of the very best in the city or elsewhere.
Epic Sandwich Copyright 2009 by Teddy Hobbins