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Published March 18, 2013, 11:35 PM

Eggs-cellent dishes: Fargo eateries have more than just sunny-side-up egg options

FARGO – For the next few weeks, we’ll be seeing a lot of eggs. During Easter, eggs are colored and used as decoration as they take on symbols of new life and become more than just a common breakfast food.

FARGO – For the next few weeks, we’ll be seeing a lot of eggs.

During Easter, eggs are colored and used as decoration as they take on symbols of new life and become more than just a common breakfast food.

That got us thinking: Beyond just having eggs for breakfast, what are some other, more unique ways, in which the food can be included in one’s daily diet?

After all, eggs are plenty nutritious – they contain protein, vitamins, antioxidants and other important dietary nutrients, according to the American Egg Board.

After taking a look at the menus of area restaurants, here are some of the more unique dishes we came up with:

Pickled

If you prefer your eggs to be pickled, head to the bar and grill with pickled in its name – the Pickled Parrot, at 505 3rd Ave. N., in Fargo. There, patrons can get two hard-boiled pickled eggs served in a basket with pretzels and ranch dressing for $4.

Traci Johnson, manager of the Pickled Parrot, admits that not everyone is going to enjoy the appetizer.

“It definitely is an acquired taste,” she says. “Not everyone is going to like it.”

Though pickled eggs in general can be made with lots of flavor and spice, Johnson says their eggs are “kind of medium.”

In appearance, the dish looks like a hard-boiled egg, but with a yellowish tint from all the added ingredients. That alone is enough to throw people off, Johnson says.

“If you don’t like a hard-boiled egg, you’re probably not going to like them,” she adds.

Fried, and on sandwiches

A little more common is for area restaurants to serve a fried egg atop a burger or other sandwich.

Try the Sickie’s Burger at Sickies Garage, 2525 9th Ave. SW, Fargo, one of three burgers there that use fried egg.

For $9.99, the burger is served with bacon, a fried egg, pulled pork, Budweiser BBQ sauce and American cheese topped with onion rings and a splash of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce.

That’s quite a few tastes, textures and flavors for a burger, but the fried egg is still surprisingly noticeable amidst everything else. For those with adventurous palates, it’s worth a try.

Bryce Weisser, a manager at Sickies, says the unique combination is a popular offering there.

“With the egg and the pulled pork, it seemed to work pretty well for us,” he says.

Weisser thinks the pairing of fried egg and burgers is being offered more and more in area restaurants.

“It’s just one of those new popular trends that people are really grabbing for,” he says. “People have been doing it for years, but lately it’s been catching on here in the Fargo-Moorhead area.”

At Lucky’s 13 Pub, 4301 17th Ave. S., Fargo, several sandwiches are served with a fried egg on top. One of those is the Chivito, made with thinly sliced garlic beef, ham, bacon, mozzarella, black olives, lettuce, tomato, mayo and a fried egg on a ciabatta bun for $13.99.

JL Beers, with multiple locations in the area, serves up the Humpty Dumpty Burger. With cheese, fried egg and a hamburger patty for $4.19, it’s a popular offering.

On pizza

If egg on a sandwich isn’t your thing, then how about pizza? For starters, try the Breakfast Pizza at Pizza Nico, 501 Main Ave. in Moorhead, with eggs, bacon, ham, onion and green peppers. The pizza costs $14.99 for a large, $13.99 for a medium and $11.99 for a small.

It may be a breakfast pizza, but you’ll have to wait until the restaurant opens at 11 a.m. to order it. For late night breakfast, get it before they close at 3 a.m. each night.

Baked

Though less unique than the first three methods, baked dishes are another tasty egg option to try.

Head over to CJ’s Kitchen, 1601 S. University Dr., Fargo, for CJ’s Egg Bake. Made with sausage, onion, peppers, olives, mushrooms and cheese baked in eggs and served with a biscuit, the dish costs only $6.75

Alternatively, try The VIP Room, 624 Main Ave., Fargo, for their Quiche of the Day. Served with a muffin, the quiche costs $7.95.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Sam Benshoof at (701) 241-5535

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