If you like it then you should have put an egg on it. That's what we think, anyway. Eggs, once relegated to breakfast plates, have come a long way in recent years, and many chefs are plopping eggs on all kinds of dishes. We're not complaining.
Here in L.A., we have eggs on Korean-American rice bowls, eggs in burritos, eggs in sandwiches -- and yes, plenty of wonderful breakfast and brunch egg dishes. Here are 10 of our favorites.
10. Breakfast burrito at Lucy's Drive In
Ah, Lucy's -- the Platonic ideal of what a breakfast burrito should be. Every aspect of the reasonably sized, $5 morning meal is perfectly reasoned. The eggs are fried well, with just enough softness at the yolk to let you in on all that flavor. The bacon is thin but substantial, and mixed around inside so as not to leave any individual bite without a taste of the pork. The hash browns are served as a thinly fried slip, crispy at the exterior and soft inside. Toss in some shredded cheese to bind it all together, plus a few cups of their thin salsa roja, and you've got a simple meal that just feels like what a perfect breakfast burrito should be. 1373 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles; 323-938-4337.
9. Green eggs and ham at Bucato
At brunch, chef Evan Funke presents many of the same components that make dinner so compelling. Some dishes he tweaks just slightly to make them more brunchy, and some utilize dinner menu ingredients in new and lovely ways. The wonderful pesto Genovese that at night coats gnocchetti is used at brunch for Bucato's take on green eggs and ham -- two sunnyside eggs on house-made English muffins with a pile of delicately piggy prosciutto and a smattering of arugula. It's like a breakfast you'd make at home, but taken up about five notches. 3280 Helms Ave. Culver City; 310-876-0286.
8. Sunchoke soup at Alma
Alma chef Ari Taymor's best dishes all seem both unexpected and somehow predestined, each exactingly selected component melding and harmonizing with the others. The sunchoke soup, which is perhaps the one mainstay of the menu since the very first Alma pop-up, is poured over an egg yolk and a paste of smoked dates. The result is a silky, generous, surprising dish that seems like a musing on the earthy aspects of the color yellow. It's a use of egg that is both surprising and also makes total sense. 952 S. Broadway, Los Angeles; 213-444-0984.