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At Egg Harbor Café, we love to connect with our guests. We think of you as friends and family! Welcome to our blog, where we invite you to connect with us any time!.

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Manager Bruce Jackson and server Cesar Galvan make sure that anyone stepping into Egg Harbor Café in Lake Forest feels like they're coming home. Bruce and Cesar know their guests well. They know multiple generations of family members, since together they have worked at Egg Harbor Café for all of 56 years (30 years for Cesar and 26 years for Bruce). And they care for them like family: “We’ve got the best customers in the world,” Bruce asserts.

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Giving Egg Harbor Cafe guests the high quality, great tasting foods that they want is at the heart of everything that Zach Chillman does. From behind the scenes where he heads up Chicago-area commissary operations, Zach plays a central role helping each location bring its guests a consistently excellent experience.

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Although every day is different, Zach spends much time testing recipes, overseeing the commissary kitchen, fulfilling restaurants’ orders and working on equipment repair. He loves being part of Egg Harbor Café’s mission to create house-made foods with clean, flavorful ingredients. In helping to bring our tomato bisque in-house, for example, Zach worked with the menu team, experimenting with several recipes before coming up with a tomato bisque that is vegetarian, gluten-free and, of course, great-tasting.

When he is not working, Zach stays busy with his wife Angelique, an Egg Harbor regional manager, their daughter Finley (2-1/2 years) and their son Everett (1-1/2 years). When asked who he admires most, Zach doesn’t hesitate: “My wife, Angelique. She is incredibly skilled, immensely invested in both our family and Egg Harbor Café.” At home and on the job, Zach also tries to make the most out of each day of his life’s journey: “It’s the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top,” he says (quoting Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance).

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With the arrival of Autumn, Egg Harbor Café is thrilled to bring a bountiful selection of fresh, seasonal delights for every taste. When you're looking for a healthy breakfast or lunch to energize your day, keep an eye out for these delicious choices, available beginning September 19.

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Avocado Toast: A slice of sourdough toast topped with smashed avocado, arugula, and grape tomato with a squeeze of lemon and a fig balsamic drizzle. Served with two free range eggs, any style.

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Taki Mullins is excited to be back as manager at the Barrington Egg Harbor Cafe. Taki has enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new people, and he is looking forward to being involved in the Barrington community.

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Taki wholeheartedly believes that Egg Harbor Café’s people are the key to the restaurant’s success. He appreciates working as part of a team to create a memorable experience for guests. “If we're a happy and energetic team that gets along and looks forward to being with each other every single day, we transmit that energy right to the folks dining with us,” Taki says. “I think that our guests sense that. It's an electric atmosphere.”

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Tim Cook, manager at the Egg Harbor Café in Lincolnshire, joined the team in 2015, while still a student commuting to Carthage College. From his first day on, Tim had fun working at EHC. As a manager, Tim now works to encourage and support his team so that they are in the best position to make sure that guests are having a great experience. Tim loves the culture at Egg Harbor Café, where people find happiness and fulfillment by helping others.

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Tim’s love for energizing people led him to become a health and wellness leader at Egg Harbor. When Tim first arrived, he was a big college football player motivated to become healthier in body and mind. Encouraged by Egg Harbor Café values and trusting that doing one good thing each day adds up over time, Tim took up a healthy diet. He began losing weight and seeing a positive change in his energy levels, work performance and relationships. When his weight loss plateaued, Tim began exercising with Mark Palmieri, a regular guest at Lincolnshire who runs a nearby personal training studio. Over time, Tim’s journey inspired a group of Egg Harbor Café employees, and now they all train together with Mark every Monday for 30 minutes after work.

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Check our ever-changing seasonal menus to find your favorite foods with the finest fresh ingredients available, often locally sourced and always chosen with you in mind! This summer, we feature four seasonal specials to please your palate:

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Fried Green Tomatoes Benedict. A southern delight! Fried green tomatoes atop an English muffin with diced bacon, roasted red peppers, poached eggs and creamy hollandaise sauce. Served with a side of cheese grits.

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Rise and shine! The summer menu begins today! It's the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Come in, try one of our new menu items, and celebrate summertime.

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1. Smoky Mountain Scrambler

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Door County Coffee and Tea, a micro-roaster in the heart of Door County, Wisconsin, has been sourcing our fantastic flavored coffees since 2011. But who is Door County Coffee and why did we choose their coffee to serve our valued guests? Stick around for Door County Coffee 101!

Who is Door County Coffee and Tea?

Throughout the week, just 10 miles south of the town of Egg Harbor, WI, Door County Coffee and Tea gifts its community with the magical smell of baking coffee beans. The brain child of founder Vicki Wilson in 1993, Door County Coffee has grown from its humble beginnings to now reaching coffee fans all around the globe.

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Located in Door County, Wisconsin

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