“We’ve got huevos!” gleams the Broken Yolk slogan, and fellow food-lovers, do they ever. This beloved downtown San Diego café is turning their tables around and asking customers if you have the huevos to try their Iron Man challenge omelet special.
There are few things I love more than life itself, and those things all just so happen to be in the same boat of breakfast foods. Eggs, French toast, oatmeal, coffee— all suffice to make me lose this whole “lady” stint, throw out those utensils I have no time to bother with, and maybe, very possibly turn off my phone. No one gets in the way of me and my breakfast. No one.
Thus, Broken Yolk, I accept your challenge.
The Iron Man (and Woman!) Challenge at Broken Yolk Café dishes out a glorious 15-inch pizza pan with a hefty slice of heaven smattered across it. The special 12-egg omelet with sautéed mushrooms and onions, a half a pound of shredded cheese and chili on top comes with, brace yourself, a generous pile of homefries and two XXL biscuits. Twelve eggs, you guys. Twelve eggs in one eggsquisite omelet, basking in all their glory next to our treasured friends, the carbs. I’m not certain, but I think this might be what love feels like.
What’s in it for you (besides total bliss for breakfast, food that loves you back, a festival of flavors in your mouth, and one hell of a start to your day)? Completion of the meal in one hour equates to a balance of exactly $0.00 on your bill. That’s right. Eat the whole sha-bang in 60 minutes and it’s on the house. Is this egg-celent or what?
From the date that the downtown location of Broken Yolk opened in June of 2009, 147 brave foodies have taken on the challenge. Only 16 have come out heroic however, a disheartening 9% of those who put their best forks forward. By far, the most inspired story from the café comes from a 5’5” man who completed the meal in only 20 minutes. See here’s the thing— if there’s one thing I do not lack, it’s the legs, and I’ve got 3 whole inches on this guy, so I should be able to finish my plate in say, ten minutes? Gold.
Adam Richman of “Man vs. Food” from the Travel Channel brought his crew into downtown’s Broken Yolk, which aired June 14th 2010, and successfully showed us San Diegans up by consuming the entire dish. Richman travels the country hunting for succulent feats of food. His visit to San Diego in June lured 16 enthused customers the next day to attempt the challenge, but alas, not one succeeded.
Check out the "Man vs. Food" TV segment from Broken Yolk Cafe!
Broken Yolk employees are rumored to encourage participants with cheering throughout the duration of consumption. They might even offer a word of advice if you’re lucky, such as crumbling your larger-than-life biscuits into your omelet rather than saving those treats for last. Pacing yourself is essential, as is a full cup of water and an empty stomach.
If the 15-inch platter special isn’t your ideal way to spend 60 minutes in the morning, the Broken Yolk Café offers a vast variety of other items. Lunch wraps, burgers, salads, plenty of omelettes to fit every palate, French toast, and everything in-between, sweet to savory. Excuse me while I wipe up this drool from my face.
Do you have what it takes? Put those stretchy-pants on, and I’ll see you at the table. The new downtown Broken Yolk location is on 6th Avenue at the edge of East Village near PETCO Park and the Hard Rock Hotel. For more details, please call 866.877.4396 or visit the Broken Yolk Café in San Diego.
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