The EGG & I - Estes Park, Colorado
Breakfast is one meal my wife and I rarely eat out. Because I travel often for business other than breakfast at home, mine will always be at the hotel. Now you who know me personally know I do not stay at hotels which are the type to have in-house eateries. You got it. I stay at Holiday Inn Express or similar hotels where the breakfast is free. That is just my style so no argument needed. When my wife travels with me, as she does from time to time, its the same thing. So it has been quite a few years since we broke our fast at a pay, sit-down restaurant. Its not that we dont enjoy such fare. We simply have no reason to bother.
Recently we spent a week on holiday in Estes Park, Colorado visiting Rocky Mountain National Park. We stayed at a little motel which did provide the usual free sweet-rolls and other makings of the so-called Continental Breakfast. We got to partake of that one time during our stay simply because we almost always hit the road for the park before the motel office opened. Our room was equipped with a kitchen which we intended to use for breakfast (yes, cold cereal, coffee and juice are enough) and to have a refrigerator to store the makings of picnic style lunches to enjoy on our adventures of the day. Of course there being no eating establishments within the park itself, that is the only option for lunch. Dinner? Initially we had thought that we might split between eating out in town and preparing something back at the hotel. That latter we never did. Try out a different place each night.
Im not writing here to talk about or review all of the places we tried for dinner. Just breakfast. So when my wife spotted a curiously named breakfast restaurant we thought, well why not. Were not so rigid that we cant do something out of the routine on occasion. Ok, now I know what the thinking is and thats ok. I know the statement I just made makes it sound like we've lived in a cave all of our our lives. The Egg & I is not just a little obscure breakfast nook in the town of Estes Park. We found out later that they're all over. Well perhaps not everywhere, but they have multiple locations around the country. We had simply missed running into one before. Happy chance.
The EGG & I opens at 6 AM. We were there a few minutes before 6 and we were not the only car in the parking lot out front. To be greeted by a genuinely friendly face (I wish I had gotten the gentlemans name but if youre the host of the Estes Park The EGG & I and you happen to read this, thank you) and offered not only coffee but flavored coffee at that, well, some of the most delicious and aromatic Hazelnut coffee I have had in a long time. My wife does not drink coffee but she was quite impressed by the aroma. She doesnt know what shes missing.
Needless to say, its an egg place so were going to have egg breakfast. Though everything on the menu looked great, you dont go into a pizza restaurant and order fried chicken. Well some people might but thats their loss. Ill just say the food was delicious. No deferring to those who would argue that a restaurant must have a string of stars behind its name nor stooping to those at the other end of the scale who prefer those places where the locals eat. The EGG & I is my kind of breakfast place.
I didn't shoot many pictures actually in the town of Estes Park. I guess we were too focused on wildlife and scenic nature images from within the park itself. No, we did not get any shots of the restaurant either. We did get a lot of good shots in the park.
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