Egg Harbor Café restaurants are actively involved in our communities, hosting charity events, volunteering and donating gift certificates to local schools, park districts, religious institutions and nonprofit organizations. In addition, we are committed to partnering with socially responsible, locally-resourced companies, including Intelligentsia Coffee, Jones Dairy Farm, Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice, Sweet Ali’s Gluten Free Bakery. Deneen Pottery, Pure Water Technology and Vital Food Service.

Zapps Bread: a Delicious, Healthy Boost


Zapp’s Delicious, Good Carb Bread

Luis Zapp began developing his artisan bread baking process when his father Jorge Zapp, an award-winning scientist, created a healthy bread after being diagnosed with diabetes. Luis patented a unique flavor-infusion baking process for amazing taste and aroma that appeals to discriminating foodies as well as health conscious diners. Here are five great reasons to give Zapp’s bread a try next time you visit Egg Harbor Cafe.

  1. Bursting with Flavor

Combining a cutting edge flavor-infusion baking process with the finest ancient grains, Zapp’s Good Carb bread bursts with flavor. Try Egg Harbor Café’s popular Start Smart featuring Zapp’s Dancing Grains bread topped with scrambled eggs, creamy avocado, fresh tomato and low-fat Mozzarella. For a flavorful change of pace, ask to substitute Zapp’s Dancing Grains as a stone-milled alternative to an English muffin.

  1. Stabilizing comfort

Zapp’s whole grain, robustly textured bread digests slowly, over six to eight hours, to stabilize your blood sugar and energize your day. Zapp’s Good Carb bread is certified low glycemic and diabetic friendly by the Glycemic Research Institute.

  1. The Good Carb Lifestyle

Be part of a fun, free 30-day Good Carb Challenge! Read more →

Healthy Lifestyle EHC


Here are four great reasons why Egg Harbor Café is the perfect breakfast and lunch restaurant to support your healthy lifestyle:

 1. Healthy, Certified Humane Eggs

In November 2015, Egg Harbor Café began sourcing 100% of our eggs from barn-living hens who have daytime access to roam outdoors. Our certified-humane, free range hens are fed a high quality, vegetarian diet containing no antibiotics or hormones.  We are thrilled to partner with Vital Food Service to support the farms raising free-range hens and to provide our guests large, premium brown eggs and white eggs with rich yellow yolks for great taste and nutrition. Egg Harbor Café’s popular, nutrition-dense egg dishes include:

Joe’s Healthy Scrambler

Gourmet turkey sausage, mushroom, fresh leaf spinach and roasted onion scrambled into three no-cholesterol eggs topped with low-fat Mozzarella cheese. Served with fresh fruit and a wheat English muffin

Veggie Power Skillet

Diced sweet potatoes loaded with broccoli, red pepper, zucchini, avocado, and black beans. Topped with Mozzarella cheese and two scrambled no-cholesterol eggs. Served with a wheat English muffin

Dynamite Veggie White Omelette

Egg whites with fresh spinach, red and green peppers and mushroom topped with salsa and melted low-fat Mozzarella. Served with fresh fruit and a wheat English muffin

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2. “A Little Lighter” Menu

Active, health-conscious Egg Harbor Café guests will always find satisfying, nutritious choices in our ever-evolving “A Little Lighter” menu section.

 Start Smart

Original ancient grain and flaxseed good carb bread, topped with scrambled eggs, creamy avocado, fresh tomato and low-fat Mozzarella. Served with two slices of turkey bacon and sliced apples sprinkled with cinnamon.  The Start Smart features Zapp’s Dancing Grains good carb bread, “a new concept in baked products that will not only surprise your senses, but will also help enhance your health.” Zapps Dancing Grains bread is certified low glycemic and diabetic friendly.

Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Red and white quinoa warmed in almond milk, super food goji berries, dried blueberries, pistachios, and apple cinnamon chunks mixed with chia, hemp, and sunflower seeds. Served with plain Greek yogurt and a side of honey.

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Celebrating 30 Years


The first Egg Harbor Cafe opened in Hinsdale 30 years ago today! On Monday, December 28, help celebrate our anniversary in all 19 locations with 1985 prices on a special limited menu. Thank you to all our guests for making this anniversary possible!

EHC Trivia… Did You Know?

30 years ago, only one substitution was allowed: tomatoes could be substituted for potatoes. Today we are known for “customerization.”

30 years ago, eggceptionals were one of the most popular entrees, served with basted eggs. They are still popular today, but now you choose your egg style.

30 years ago, three of our most popular entrees were not even on the menu! Can you guess what they were? (soup, oatmeal and chicken salad)

30 years ago, we partnered with a small produce purveyor that we still use today. Geno from Get Fresh Produce has grown along with Egg Harbor Cafe.

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Winter Menu is Available Now!


Pot Roast Skillet

Slow roasted pot roast, sauteed mushrooms and onions, topped with melted Mozzarella cheese

Cinnamon Apple Pancakes

Roasted Fuji apples, cinnamon sugar and graham cracker topped with whipped cream and caramel

Mom’s Chili Omelette

Topped with Mom’s All Beef Chili, melted Jack and Cheddar cheese, sour cream and tortilla strips

Winter in Italy French Toast

Rich and creamy cinnamon-infused Italian cheese layered between three slices of Texas French toast and garnished with roasted Fuji apples, raisins, walnuts, powdered sugar and a drizzle of caramel sauce

Pot Roast Sandwich

Savory, slow-cooked pot roast on a bakery bun with melted Mozzarella cheese and roasted onions

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30th Anniversary this Month


Greet Guests like its Opening Day

When Jack and his first wife Paula recruited their daughter Aimee and her husband Mike to return to Illinois and help launch a gourmet breakfast and lunch café, they were confident that Egg Harbor Café’s unique brand of friendly service, great food and unique menu would succeed in the Midwest.  Aimee and Mike had been called a “rare pair” by John Sullivan, owner of the First Watch in California who served as a consultant on the first menu. Still, no one knew how that success would look. As years passed, the restaurant grew through a combination of creative vision, love and hard work. Thirty years later, with 19 locations, Egg Harbor Café is still a family business, but it now involves three generations of children and grandchildren (including siblings, nieces and nephews).

Egg Harbor Café’s first eggs were cracked in Hinsdale on December 28, 1985. Owner Jack Wright stepped outside for a few minutes that day, watching with excitement and gratitude as cars pulled into the parking lot… and behold, customers were arriving! “Remember that feeling,” Jack counseled the staff, “and always treat guests with the same energy and excitement as if it is opening day.”

Over the past decades, co-owners Aimee and Mike Farrell have built on that core insight. In the early years, Mike used the image of the popular comedy show “Cheers” to coach employees to remember people’s names and their favorite foods, and to “customerize” special orders with a smile. To this day, employee development at Egg Harbor Café remains focused on building creative, cohesive staffs who warmly welcome guests within a few moments of entering the restaurant.

Throughout this 30th anniversary month, we are grateful for having become extended family for so many people, employees and guests, and look forward to celebrating in the days ahead.