With Chelsea Dennis
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and what better way to treat yourself than to get a nice, filling omelet? TNL scoured five local restaurants in search of the best Denver-like omelet in town for our latest edition of Anchorage Food Quest; all omelets included peppers, onions and cheese, and most included ham as well. Each omelet also included a side of toast or English muffin and some variation of potatoes.
Harley’s Old Time Cafe: Denver Omelet - This combo is definitely worth the $9.95 bill, but most of the value was in the large amount of hash browns and the huge biscuits and gravy; the omelet itself is relatively small compared to the others sampled, though. It is also the greasiest omelet; the well-blended flavors of the onions, peppers and ham are lost at first taste, since the grease is all you can really taste. Once you get past it, it’s quite good, but the greasiness still remains. The hash browns were also on the greasy side, but the biscuits and gravy were to die for. Fluffy biscuits and flavorful (but not too peppery) hollandaise sauce make them the best part of the meal.
Peanut Farm: Denver Omelet - Tasty and plentiful, this omelet combo can easily feed two for the $11.50 tab. The omelet was quite large, and the eggs were fluffy and relatively grease free. The veggies, too, are about up to par, cooked just a hair under al dente. The only real problems with this omelet were that the cheese kind of overpowered the other flavors a bit, and the egg to topping ratio is about 2:1 — too much egg. The English muffin was delicious and well toasted, and the potato cubes were crispy on the outside but moderately mushy on the inside, creating a great texture combination. Even though it came in fourth, TNL would gladly eat here again.
Judy’s Cafe: Denver Omelet - The presentation of Judy’s omelet was plain but practical. There was no nonsense and extra flourish, but the food didn’t need it. The eggs were a bit overdone, but that’s really the only problem with this meal. The platter wasn’t as greasy as the others, too. The veggie and ham chunks were larger and possessed a more prominent flavor overall. The English muffin and hash browns are also good; the hash browns are just crunchy enough on the top to add a pleasant texture to the side dish, since the rest of it is soft. The meal is only enough to feed one hungry person, but at $9.95, it’s a good deal.
Middle Way Cafe: California Omelet - This all organic omelet for $10.45 is different from the others in that it doesn’t contain ham, instead opting for lightly cooked avocado slices. The typical white onions are replaced with scallions (green onion) which add a different sort of onion flavor that was refreshing. The omelet was topped with sour cream as well, which adds another original quality to the dish. The omelet itself was relatively large and, combined with the rest of the meal, it’s just large enough to get some leftovers out of. The potato cubes are large and nice overall, but some were overcooked and burned while others were undercooked and more difficult to chew. The multigrain toast was good, but burned in some spots and dry overall (there was no butter or condiments for patrons to add). So, while the omelet itself is good, the overall meal is inconsistent, and so sits at a comfortable second place.
Kriner’s Diner: Build Your Own Omelet - For our Create Your Own Omelet (which includes up to four toppings for the base price of $11.99) we ordered an omelet with peppers, onions and ham (Denver style). The service was relatively fast, and the food was great. The omelet itself was a decent size, and while none of the flavors stood out as the most bold, the peppers worked with the cheese, onions and ham to create a more cohesive combined flavor. The veggies were al dente, and so added a nice crunch to the omelet’s texture. In addition the large, delicious omelet, there was also a side of toast that was grilled instead of toasted, and despite this, it wasn’t greasy like it could have been. Instead, it was mostly dry (the good sort) with just a hint of buttery flavor to it. The hash browns were well cooked as well, completing the meal. If you’re in the mood for a Denver-style omelet, this is the place to get it.
TNL’s last round of Anchorage Food Quest is going to be investigating a local dessert, and we want your input. Send dessert suggestions and locations where we can find them to our Facebook page.