121 S. Floyd St.
Louisville, KY 40202
The bright, cheery and colorful restaurant chain, the Wild Eggs Cafe began serving up breakfast in Louisville in 2007 and since then it has expanded to about a dozen locations around Kentucky and neighboring states. Weekends it seems like there’s always a crowd waiting around the front door. Earlier than you’d expect, there’s a 45-minute wait to get a table, but the food that can be found here is just as pleasant, quirky at times, as the decorations lining the walls.
The menu is smaller but focused on some key dishes. Lots of eggs Benedict, griddle favorites, sandwiches and some other things like that. Some of the great things I tried:
- Kalamity Katie’s Border Benedict: A specialty kind-of Southwestern themed dish, heavy cheddar corn cakes with chorizo, two poached eggs and a whole party of toppings like pico de gallo, green onions and avocado. There’s a hint of heat to it but the set of flavors with that pico de gallo have a spry freshness to them.
- Big stack: “Light and fluffy” buttermilk pancakes. The description meets them perfectly. These are big thick pancakes and yet they’re still light and wonderful.
- Everything muffin: Many of the specialty breakfast dishes offer one of these as a bonus, and you’re probably going to be so full that you have to take it home. Which isn’t a problem! Savory and thick. It’s heavier than it looks.
The restaurant is, like similar themed breakfast places, the interior is bright and playful, light colored walls and plenty of natural light. The wait here is likely going to be pretty long — especially where the restaurant has an established following in Louisville. But the line goes pretty quickly and, in fact, despite the persistent brunch rush, the restaurant actually gets food out pretty fast, too.
The menu here is just a bit above average, but it’s about on par with many of the brunch chains like this one that pop up in Midwestern cities. And I would argue that it does focus not on being generic but on doing a set of things extremely well. Brunch is a competitive market, because there are a lot of places that specialize in these foods. But this one really does make for a memorable dining experience. Delicious.
- The food is heavy here, but keep in mind that you’re probably going to want to take some leftovers home unless you’re super hungry.
- A few menu items are really great, the restaurant has a few strong dishes it goes after, like crepes and eggs Benedict.
- Don’t miss out on some of the seasonal items, like four-cheese grits, that show up for a short period of time.