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    Post #1 - January 6th, 2019, 3:21 pm
    Post #1 - January 6th, 2019, 3:21 pm Post #1 - January 6th, 2019, 3:21 pm
    I heard about this place from a couple of friends and was eager to check it out. As one of my Indian friends put it, "All the egg stuff you have in India after you are drunk, before you go home, from a guy who makes this stuff from a small cart . . . everyone stops -- taxi drivers to the richest dudes." Well, that was enough for me and a two-part plan immediately came to mind. :wink: 8)

    Pretty much everything we tried was new to me and, for the most part, it was awesome. It was just a whole new world of bold, spicy, rich dishes that are the perfect follow-up for a couple of rounds of cocktails.

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    Printed Menu
    Showing two local locations. I don't know from Schaumburg, though it appears that is Location #1. We were at the Chicago Avenue location in River West.

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    Cricket on the TV
    OMG - was that a googly!?

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    Boiled Kheemo - shredded boiled eggs cooked with Indian masala & veggies aka Desi Kheemo
    Extremely intense, with a fair amount of what I think was raw (or very lightly cooked) garlic and onion. An eye-opener.

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    Surti Gotalo - shredded hard boiled eggs mixed with sunny side up in our special ‘Holic’ spices
    Wonderfully rich and flavorful. We were instructed to mix the eggs in from the outset.

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    Roti
    A choice of roti or white bread accompanies many of the dishes.

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    Anda Masala Sandwich - double layered grilled cheese sandwich with tandoori masala egg & veggies
    Unlike any other sandwich I've ever had. A great combination of flavors. The masala was intense and since we'd ordered it spicy, there were large strips of raw jalapeno on it.

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    Lachko - shredded capsicum cooked with cheese & running eggs
    Probably my favorite dish. Just a beautifully rich, intense, spicy and flavorful plate of deliciousness.

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    Green Egg Rice - pieces of boiled egg cooked in mint gravy
    This one was recommended by our server. It was sort of mash-up between fried rice and breakfast biryani. Out of sight!

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    Egg Bhurji - eggs scrambled with veggies & masala
    I loved this one so much, I pretty much inhaled it without chewing. These are not Bubbe Suburban's scrambled eggs!

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    Sweet Paan
    A crazily intense digestive, with flavors of rose petal jam, desiccated coconut and dried fruit (wrapped in a betel leaf), served cold, at the end of the meal. We didn't order these but they brought them out for us because, I'm guessing, we looked like we really needed them. We did. :wink:

    Also, when it appeared clear that the level of heat was just too much for one of my companions, a mango lassi was rushed out to her by the incredibly friendly staff. We weren't charged for this, either. Really cool of these folks. :)

    The menu is large, and we left a lot of it unexplored. I'm excited to return soon (and regularly) and try more of it. And, as I mentioned, the staff could not have been friendlier.

    =R=

    Egg-A-Holic (website)
    833 W Chicago Ave
    Chicago IL 60642
    (312) 940-3521
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #2 - January 8th, 2019, 12:55 pm
    Post #2 - January 8th, 2019, 12:55 pm Post #2 - January 8th, 2019, 12:55 pm
    I'd read about it while looking for a "new" breakfast spot- for me and my Kerala
    dining partner/companion.......
    and now-
    I'm THERE!
    Nice write up Ronnie! :wink:
  • Post #3 - January 11th, 2019, 9:49 pm
    Post #3 - January 11th, 2019, 9:49 pm Post #3 - January 11th, 2019, 9:49 pm
    Loved my first visit here tonight! Between two of us (and a tyke) we were only able to order a truncated sampling of the feast Ronnie posted above– anda masala (the double decker grilled cheese thing), surti gotalo (the egg curry topped with runny eggs), and green egg rice. It was all delicious, fresh, and packed with spice. The sando worked better than it should have, more reminiscent of a club, but with curried eggs. The roti on the side was very good as well. This place is a gift to our vegetarian brethren & sistren.

    A bright, clean space, helpful (counter) service, kid friendly, pungent chai– Egg-o-holic, count me a fan! Oh, and this being Dryuary, I was sober and still loved the food!
  • Post #4 - January 13th, 2019, 12:23 pm
    Post #4 - January 13th, 2019, 12:23 pm Post #4 - January 13th, 2019, 12:23 pm
    Thanks for writing about this, Ronnie. I have eaten some of this in India, but there were a lot of things that were new to me. Especially the Gotala and the Lachko. I loved it and will be back as many times as I can, as this is something that I did not know was missing from my life. :-)

    First the goods: The place is clean, bright, airy. They have CRICKET on the screen and that makes me inordinately happy. They have a really wide menu for an ovo-lacto-vegetarian like me. The prices are reasonable.

    Now, the lachko that I ordered was really tasty, when consumed with either Chapati or Rice. On its own it was a bit too salty. I think the restaurant would do well to undersalt the egg dishes, so consumers can salt to their taste.

    I talked to the kid running the till, talked about how I heard about this on LTH and asked him to look it up. Ronnie, the kid remembered you!! He said you were complimentary of the food and remembered that you guys ordered a bunch of stuff, "for only two people"!

    I am glad it is something I do not have to schlep to the suburbs to have, unlike good Regional Indian food, which is woefully underrepresented in the City proper. I hope they do well in that location. It is kinda off the track and they are doing a bad job advertising this as "Indian Cuisine". It is technically correct; but this should be called "Indian Truck-Stop Food" or "Indian Truck-Driver food" or something like that to let people know that this is not a 'typical' Indian place.
    The art of living well and art of dying well are one. ---Epicurus
  • Post #5 - January 13th, 2019, 1:25 pm
    Post #5 - January 13th, 2019, 1:25 pm Post #5 - January 13th, 2019, 1:25 pm
    Indianbadger wrote:I am glad it is something I do not have to schlep to the suburbs to have, unlike good Regional Indian food, which is woefully underrepresented in the City proper.
    I'd be very interested in where you "schlep to" in the suburbs to have good Regional Indian food. So as not to clutter this thread there is one thread I found, there may be more. Indian and other ethnic in the northern suburbs or start a new one. There is also the 7 Spices thread where that was split from. Thanks in advance.

    I'm super excited to try Egg-A-Holic and will in the coming week.
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #6 - January 13th, 2019, 5:41 pm
    Post #6 - January 13th, 2019, 5:41 pm Post #6 - January 13th, 2019, 5:41 pm
    I made my maiden voyage here on Wednesday. Two of us ordered Bhurji Palav, Lachko and Toofani Curry. We loved the lachko (and did not find it remotely salty). The Toofani consisted of slices of nicely cooked hard boiled egg in a spicy red gravy. The gravy was fairly runny and this dish would have been difficult to finish except that it made a great topping for the Bhurji Palav, which seemed very bland compared to the other two dishes and benefited greatly from the addition of the Toofani gravy.

    Since I couldn't stopped thinking about the Lachko, I went back this morning and got another to go. In addition, I added an Egg Curry to my order, which was also excellent. While the roti provided with the dishes is fine, I made some basmati rice at home to serve as a base for the eggs.

    This place is excellent and I will be surprised if another week goes by without seeing me there again.
  • Post #7 - January 13th, 2019, 5:43 pm
    Post #7 - January 13th, 2019, 5:43 pm Post #7 - January 13th, 2019, 5:43 pm
    We had a great meal here last week — thanks for posting about this place, Ronnie. The lachko is a must-order I think (their most popular dish, apparently) and as Jefe says, even the masala chai is above average. For sure adding this to the downtown repertoire.

    Indianbadger wrote:I hope they do well in that location. It is kinda off the track and they are doing a bad job advertising this as "Indian Cuisine". It is technically correct; but this should be called "Indian Truck-Stop Food" or "Indian Truck-Driver food" or something like that to let people know that this is not a 'typical' Indian place.

    Yes, to all of this: strange location and not only are there no outward signs that it’s not a “typical” Indian place, there are no signs that it’s an Indian place! (Unless you look really hard at the logo, I guess.) With their name and signage, I wonder how many people come in looking for a breakfast biscuit....

    I was going to say that I hope Mike Sula promotes this place, and then: https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/egg-o-holic-puts-together-gujarats-vast-eggetarian-street-food/Content?oid=66373574

    Also possibly of interest: http://eggmaniaus.com/menu.html vs. http://www.egg-o-holic.com/menu.html :?: :?: :?:
  • Post #8 - January 13th, 2019, 6:21 pm
    Post #8 - January 13th, 2019, 6:21 pm Post #8 - January 13th, 2019, 6:21 pm
    cilantro wrote:I was going to say that I hope Mike Sula promotes this place, and then: https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/egg-o-holic-puts-together-gujarats-vast-eggetarian-street-food/Content?oid=66373574

    I was going to link to Sula's stellar, informative piece, too. He is actually one of the friends who clued me in about this place, so credit where credit is due. In fact, I think the only reason my post went up before his is because I was able to come home and just post about it. I think there's a longer process for the Pros.

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #9 - January 13th, 2019, 7:10 pm
    Post #9 - January 13th, 2019, 7:10 pm Post #9 - January 13th, 2019, 7:10 pm
    Went for a "late" Sunday morning breakfast (they don't open until 11:00am :shock: , but are considering expanding their hours!) and was overwhelmingly HAPPY! :D
    The food is amazing!- unlike any Indian Food I've ever had in Chicago.

    Friendly, warm room- although, parking was a challenge, due to a Church Worship across the street where a famous Chicago Nightclub (KA-BOOM!) used to be.
    Their Chai was very "spicy"- black pepper and cardamon were strongly present, and was already presweetened.
    We went with the amazing Anda Masala Grill Sandwich- that would make anyone smile-
    especially if you are a egg-eating-Vegetarian.....what a unique combination of flavors.
    We also shared a plate full of "Boiled Kheemo" that was so easy to scoop up with the Chapati we ordered as well as an order of the "savory" flavored French Toast (that was oddly served with packets of ketchup??)
    ImageEgg-O-holic, a new Fast-Casual Egg-centric N. Indian Restaurant w/plastic plates & “dinnerware”. by R. Kramer, on Flickr

    Count me a fan as Gary Wivott, is prone to pronounce!
    I'll-be-back- as Arnold would assert.

    ImageEgg-O-holic, a new Fast-Casual Egg-centric N. Indian Restaurant w/plastic plates & “dinnerware”. by R. Kramer, on Flickr
  • Post #10 - January 13th, 2019, 9:03 pm
    Post #10 - January 13th, 2019, 9:03 pm Post #10 - January 13th, 2019, 9:03 pm
    I neglected to give credit to Da Beef for discovering this place. He posted about it on Smokin' Chokin' and Chowing with the King some time around December 14 after he visited the Schaumberg location.

    Thanks for finding this place, and so many others. Your site and your contributions to this board are incredibly generous.
  • Post #11 - January 13th, 2019, 10:40 pm
    Post #11 - January 13th, 2019, 10:40 pm Post #11 - January 13th, 2019, 10:40 pm
    Haha, of course. I should have figured. All roads lead to Da Beef! :)

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #12 - January 13th, 2019, 11:07 pm
    Post #12 - January 13th, 2019, 11:07 pm Post #12 - January 13th, 2019, 11:07 pm
    Btw, in case anyone is interested, there will a group meal here on Sunday February 3 at 6:00. It's a meeting of the Small Household Food Exchange but all are welcome. If you like eggs and don't care for American football, this could be a perfect opportunity to check it out. :wink: Click here for more information.

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #13 - January 14th, 2019, 10:32 am
    Post #13 - January 14th, 2019, 10:32 am Post #13 - January 14th, 2019, 10:32 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:Btw, in case anyone is interested, there will a group meal here on Sunday February 3 at 6:00. It's a meeting of the Small Household Food Exchange but all are welcome. If you like eggs and don't care for American football, this could be a perfect opportunity to check it out. :wink: Click here for more information.

    =R=

    We have moved from the Chicago to the Schaumburg location:

    829 W Higgins Rd
    Schaumburg, IL 60195
    (847) 565-4105

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #14 - January 14th, 2019, 10:34 am
    Post #14 - January 14th, 2019, 10:34 am Post #14 - January 14th, 2019, 10:34 am
    Cathy2 wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:Btw, in case anyone is interested, there will a group meal here on Sunday February 3 at 6:00. It's a meeting of the Small Household Food Exchange but all are welcome. If you like eggs and don't care for American football, this could be a perfect opportunity to check it out. :wink: Click here for more information.

    =R=

    We have moved from the Chicago to the Schaumburg location:

    829 W Higgins Rd
    Schaumburg, IL 60195
    (847) 565-4105

    Regards,
    Cathy2

    Duly noted. I've updated the Events sidebar.

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain

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