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Better Eggs at Carmen’s in Troy

May 9, 2014

Perhaps I shouldn’t have taken down the link to An Open Letter to Capital District Chefs. At the time I thought that perhaps I would work on growing an audience of New Jersey readers and make the FLB much more Jersey-centric during this sabbatical. But since the plan had always been to return north, I never really let go of my connection to home.

Yep. The Capital Region is my home, and I’m still deeply concerned about restaurants putting better quality foods on the menu. So deep is my commitment to supporting such efforts, I created a special category on the blog just to promote those restaurants who are doing a good job.

Ideally, I’d love for restaurants to reach out to me directly and let me know of their improvements. That way I could do my part to help their move to more sustainable ingredients get noticed. But I understand owners and chefs are busy people. Luckily, I also try to keep a keen eye out for news of such things.

This one was picked up by The Fuj on his Twitter feed, and my hat’s off to him. Here’s the story.

The Fuj ordered Ranch Eggs at Carmen’s Cafe in Troy. For the uninitiated, that’s two sunny side up eggs, mashed black beans, tomato chili sauce and lime cream, served with Texas toast and homemade chorizo hash. Gaze deep into the yolks and see just how orange they are.

That’s when Carmen’s Cafe revealed that they had just started using organic free range eggs.

There are a few reasons why I think this is a big deal:
– Free range chickens don’t live in those horrifying battery cages
– Organic eggs come from chickens that aren’t fed GMOs
– Organic chicken feed should not contain rendered ruminants

In addition, Carmen’s already seemed to be doing a great breakfast business. But instead of resting on their laurels, they made the decision to start bringing in better eggs. The people behind the restaurant prefer the “creamier taste” of these organic eggs and have noticed they also have harder, healthier shells.

Now I’ve never tried the Ranch Eggs. On my last visit, which was quite a while ago, I got to try a few different breakfast items and the winner was their Huevos Flamencos. Those are eggs in a stew of chorizo, peppers, onions, and potatoes in a spicy tomato broth, served with a Portuguese roll.

Now that I hear they have real Cuban bread, perhaps it’s even possible to get Cuban toast instead of the Portuguese roll. That would be awesome.

But I would also be curious to try their Ricardo omelette which is made with three eggs, chorizo hash and manchego, and served with plantains and toast. Now that I know they have better eggs, I have another reason to bump Carmen’s up on my eating priority list for a Saturday breakfast.

They are open on Sunday too, but if you want to go this Sunday, you’d better make a reservation because it’s Mothers’ Day. Why moms like breakfast out so much is still a mystery to me. But that’s another post.



4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 9, 2014 10:25 am

    Thanks for the link love, Daniel.

    We grabbed the Ricardo as well that day and split both dishes. The chorizo was great and the creamy, pungent manchego was a welcome change from the typical omelette cheese.

  2. Josh K. permalink
    May 9, 2014 10:54 am

    Went to Carmen’s for the first time last week and ordered the Huevos Rancheros – it was amazing – the yolk was beautiful.

  3. Chris Faraci permalink
    May 12, 2014 12:13 pm

    Just as a note We are getting our eggs now from soul fire farms. they are so nice it is really hard to part with them but easy to scramble.

  4. May 13, 2014 4:55 pm

    I cannot laud enough *all* the fare at Carmen’s. Between the “crack” that is their Flan French toast and the Ricardo omelette, in addition to those others you mentioned, everything there is spectacular.

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