By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily
The three best known and most visited cities in Wyoming are arguably Jackson, Cheyenne, and Casper.
Each has its unique downtown area, with its historic buildings and cowboy claims to fame. Each has its cozy little shops and restaurants.
But only one has an Eggington’s, and that would be Casper.
Really? You haven’t heard of Eggington’s? Step into the light my friend and let me tell you about it.
Grabbing a meal at Eggington’s has been a Casper tradition for 18 years. The restaurant has been owned since 2010 by Amber and Peter Fazio.
“It’s our passion,” said Amber Fazio. “We love seeing new guests and making it a great experience for everyone.”
Peter Fazio’s restaurant background goes back to 1985 and his parents’ pizza shop in Massachusetts.
“He’s been doing this his whole life, about 30 years now,” Amber said. “We met while working at Ruby Tuesday.”
Amber, a Casper native, said when the couple got tired of the East Coast, they came back to Casper in 2009.
Eggington’s is open for breakfast, brunch and lunch and, as could be expected from a restaurant whose name begins with the word “egg,” it plates up the best breakfast in the city.
How many places have you been to that serves eggs benedict FOUR different ways? Traditional, Florentine, Greek and Southern.
The traditional uses Wolferman’s English Muffins topped with Canadian bacon, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
The Florentine is a Wolferman’s muffin topped with spinach, sliced tomato, applewood smoked bacon and hollandaise.
For a twist, the Greek has spinach, tomato feta cheese, artichoke hearts and hollandaise.
And the southern style consists of foccacia biscuits, country ham, scrambled eggs and sausage gravy.
All that is contained in just one corner of the menu!
If the benedict isn’t your things, there’s a breakfast quiche, breakfast tamales, and even breakfast tacos! You can’t go wrong with anything taco!
“Our most popular items are the Avocado Omelet or the The Cowboy Skillet, which is peppers, onions, mushrooms, bacon, sausage, ham, red potatoes, country gravy and eggs,” Amber said. “My favorite is the Huevos Eggington’s, with our homemade green chili.”
If it’s lunch you’re looking for, there’s a variety of burgers and sandwiches on the menu — everything from a classic cheeseburger to a “Hawaiian burger” with fire-roasted pineapple, teriyaki and cheddar cheese with lettuce, tomato and onions.
With our party of four, we ended up with a good cross-section of the menu.
The recommendation that day was the Pot Roast Philly Sandwich. The tender beef pot roast was served on a toasted French roll with peppers, onions and pepper jack cheese and a side au jus for dipping.
My fellow diner described it as the best pot roast he ever had and the au jus dip sent this sandwich to a whole new level of good!
The classic Denver Omelet comes with one of those famous Wolferman’s English Muffins and a side of crispy hash browns. The omelet was and perfectly cooked, with plenty of peppers, onions and ham — as it should be. The English muffin was a cut above what most people know.
The other plate across from me was a fine example of a reuben sandwich. Corned beef and Thousand Island dressing was topped with tangy and delicious sauerkraut. It’s one my friend always orders, and this wasn’t a disappointment.
My order was a BLTA. How can you ratchet up a good BLT? Add slices of fresh avocado and serve it up toasted, surrounded by sweet potato french fries. The bacon was crisp and smokey, the lettuce and tomato were fresh and the avocado was ripe and creamy. Why haven’t I thought to put avocado on a BLT before?
Next time you are in downtown Casper, consider Eggington’s. You might have to wait to find a seat on the weekends, but trust me, it’s worth every minute!
If you have no time to wait, you can always call ahead to pick up a meal. I’ve used this option many times and my order is always waiting and ready to go.
Located at 229 East Second Street in Casper, Eggington’s is open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. To order ahead, call 307-265-8700. You can also visit the restaurant online at eggingtons.com or on Facebook.