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My Last Bite: Full-flavored skillets, sandwiches and yummy juice at Eggsclusive Cafe 2 in Cherry Valley |

My Last Bite: Full-flavored skillets, sandwiches and yummy juice at Eggsclusive Cafe 2 in Cherry Valley

My Last Bite, the Rockford Register Star’s dining column, publishes at noon Thursdays at rrstar.com. This week’s featured eatery is Eggsclusive Cafe 2 in Cherry Valley.

Name: Eggsclusive Cafe 2


Address: 7105 Cherryvale North Blvd., Cherry Valley

Owners: Brothers Peter “Pete” Spyratos and Dennes Spyratos, and Alex Henigan. They opened the first Eggsclusive Cafe in 2008 in Sycamore. Eggspress — a breakfast, fast-food-type eatery — is located at 6390 E Riverside Blvd., Loves Park.

Opened: January 2014

Phone/website: 815-332-3447; visit Eggsclusive Cafe 2 on Facebook

Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily

Popular items: Chicken Cabo Skillet ($10.99) with grilled chicken breast, bell peppers, onions, avocado, queso cheese, and pico de gallo, and served with corn tortillas on the side; and Cinna-Bomb French Toast, with homemade cinnamon butter ($10.99), with two eggs and two pieces of meat — bacon, sausage links or patties, ham, corned beef hash or chorizo ($11.99).

We ate: Arturo Fernandez, Register Star visuals director, and I ate at Eggsclusive on Tuesday. We drank a glass of strawberry-orange juice ($4.09), and it was smoothly refreshing and filling. Arturo ordered the Chicken Waffle Sandwich ($12.99), breaded and seasoned chicken breast topped with lettuce and tomato and slipped between a chipotle-buttered waffle made with bacon bits. It was served with maple syrup on the side. Neither of us had ever had a chicken-waffle combo of anything before, and he said he’d order it again.

“It’s good without the syrup — all the flavors work together. The chicken was not overly seasoned,” he said. The spiciness level was just right: “It’s making my nose run,” he said. Arturo ordered a fresh-fruit bowl as his side dish, and it came with cantaloupe, grapes, pineapple and strawberries.

I ordered the Punaksero Skillet ($12.99), cut-up sirloin steak, green peppers, onions and mushrooms topped with Monterey cheese and choice of two eggs. I ordered “crispy” hash browns as part of the skillet, and they were extra crispy, which was OK by me. There was a lot of steak, too. The pancakes I got with my meal were as good as any.

“Hmm” moment: At 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, we were immediately served by courteous and efficient staff. The eatery, which does not take reservations, is a little bit like a “madhouse” on Saturdays and Sundays, though, said manager Emily Ferris. Capacity is 140 people. So allow yourself some time for breakfast on the weekend. The eatery has only a few lunch items on the menu.

“Ahh” factor: The strawberry-orange juice alone is worth the visit.

Georgette Braun: 815-987-1331; gbraun@rrstar.com; @GeorgetteBraun

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