‘The Egg and I’ comes to Waco

By Hayley Gibson


For those tired of the monotony of the city’s limited breakfast spots, Waco’s newest restaurant, The Egg & I, will offer an eccentric home-style breakfast and lunch spot.

The restaurant, set to open Monday, will serve interesting additions to the typical egg and sausage breakfast with vegetables such as asparagus, avocados and artichokes, breaking from the typical Texas breakfast with a healthier side.

The chain began in Fort Collins, Colo., in 1987 and has since spread through much of Texas, with its latest addition in the Franklin Shopping Center, located at the corner of Franklin Avenue and New Road.

“The Egg & I is an upbeat, more eccentric atmosphere with colorful and creative food,” owner Mike Beheler said. “It is very open and bright with a country style.”

The restaurant is family-friendly with a casual dining atmosphere, boasting to be a “home away from home,” according to The Egg & I’s website.

Students are also excited about having more variety in Waco’s breakfast options, especially with healthier choices.

“This will be really good because breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and since there are more healthy options, I’ll probably be more apt to go there instead of Baylor’s dining halls,” Orange, Calif., junior Jaclyn Strunk said.

The restaurant will hold a mock training service day from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday where invited guests will receive a free meal in order to train the new staff. The restaurant expects to serve 400-500 people during the trial day on Sunday.

Rather than asking customers to pay during their trial day, Beheler decided to request donations to Pack of Hope, a nonprofit that fights hunger and poverty in McLennan County by providing kids with backpacks of nutritious food to take home over the weekends they are not fed in school.

The nonprofit currently feeds more than 600 students in McLennan County, in which 25,643 kids qualify for the program, according to the website. The restaurant is currently fully staffed, but managers are still taking applications.