Sam and I were cruising around Murray Hill looking for someplace to eat a late lunch when she suggested the Crazy Egg located at 954 Edgewood Ave South. She had been there with her husband David, and said the food was good. A quick u-turn allowed me to snap up a parking spot next to the front door.
We sat ourselves in a booth against the window looking out onto Post Road. An experienced looking waitress approach and slung two menus onto the table. She took our drink order and promptly forgot about us. We waited. And waited. And waited some more. Eventually she returned with two tumblers, a pair of paper straws, and an annoyed look on her weathered face. I unwrapped the straw and took a sip. My sweet tea was weak and needed more sugar.
The Crazy Egg serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch. After three the breakfast menu is limited and sandwiches, salads, and all you can eat bowls are featured. The bowls are featured Wednesday though Friday and rotate from spaghetti to chicken pot pie to shepherd’s pie. Nothing on the menu jumped out at me except for the burger served with a side of fries. I asked the waitress how the burgers were and she curtly replied “pretty good.” When questioned about the French fries she looked agitated and explained they were just regular fries from a bag. Despite her less than thrilling endorsement I placed an order for a cheeseburger cooked medium rare while Sam opted for the chicken finger basket with gravy and a side of creamed corn.
The crowd when we visited the restaurant was light. An older couple filled one of the booths further towards the back of the restaurant, while someone who looked like he would willingly commit a crime periodically glared at our table from the corner. Despite the rather light patronage it took about 20 minutes for our food to appear from the back of the kitchen. While this would be expected during a lunch rush, at 3:30 p.m. on a Thursday it was a bit annoying.
My burger arrived on a simple white ceramic plate. The burger was hand patted and covered with a slice of yellow cheddar cheese. The top of the bun was covered with a piece of lettuce, slice of tomato, four dill pickle slices, and two onion rings. To the left of the burger stood a pile of humble crinkle cut French fries. I tracked down a bottle of ketchup from an adjacent table, topped the burger and took a bite. The burger was overcooked and arrived well done without a trace of pink. This immediately cut into the enjoyment factor of the burger and made me somewhat sad. I did not complain to our waitress as I did not want to wait for a second hamburger, or risk my replacement being served Officer Farva style. On the Brightside, the toppings and bun were fresh. The French fries lived up to their billing and were utterly pedestrian. Sam’s chicken fingers looked to be out of a bag and her creamed corn appeared to be of the canned variety.
I hope the Crazy Egg’s breakfast is better than their lunch as service was slow, the restaurant’s vibe unwelcoming, and the food less than spectacular. The Crazy Egg is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The restaurant can be found online at crazyeggjax.com, on Facebook, and contacted by telephone at (904) 524-8711.
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