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51 W. City Center Dr.
Carmel  Indiana  46032
United States
(317) 660-1616
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Midwest Living Review

Amy Lynch
This upscale cafe caters to a well-heeled crowd looking for breakfast, lunch and brunch in chic and cozy French country-style confines.

Eggshell Bistro offers a short egg-centric menu and a charming atmosphere that calls to mind a fancy French flea market. The small but airy dining room boasts a 1950s Italian espresso machine and a complicated Kyoto cold-drip coffee system. Subsequently, the Blue Bottle coffee-based beverages are top-notch—especially picture-perfect lattes garnished with chocolate-covered pomegranate seeds.

Servers spend too much time explaining the menu, and portions are on the small side (Eggshell Bistro touts quality over quantity). The beautiful Chinese herbal egg ($1.50) is pickled in a fragrant cinnamon-clove tea, but the yolk is an off-putting shade of gray. A frittata with al dente potato and goat cheese is fresh and tasty, and the delicious daily-special strata with roasted tomatoes, mozzarella and basil is a decadent savory bread pudding adorably presented in a small cast-iron vessel alongside a cup of fresh fruit.

It's easy to assemble a meal from the "sides"—single sous-vide poached eggs ($2.50), brioche toast ($1.50), and artisanal meats that include $4.25 for smoked lamb bacon and $2.50 for sweet fennel sausage. With breakfast bills soaring upwards of $40 for two, this is definitely a splurge, but an appropriate setting for a special-occasion brunch. After 11 a.m., Eggshell Bistro also serves lunch of frilly salads, sandwiches, desserts and a soup du jour.

Visited: 
April 11, 2012

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