Z’mazing Zeggz

The Big “Z” burger.

The Big “Z” burger.

It’s Sunday morning and you have a lot to do. Errands to run, places to be, people to visit. To start your day, you want a real, hearty breakfast, but you don’t have the time to go to a full-service restaurant, which probably will have a wait. You also don’t want anything from a fast-food drive-thru with lackluster quality and ingredients. Six months ago, you would have been out of luck in Louisville. Today, however, there is one restaurant that meets your needs as being fast, convenient and delicious: Zeggz.

Zeggz, located on Shelbyville Road in Middletown, is the first of its kind: fresh, casual, fast breakfast and lunch. You walk into Zeggz and proceed to a counter to place your order. But there aren’t just sandwiches and salads available; there are omelettes, waffles, pancakes, French toast – everything you could want for brunch. There’s also a full bar with a robust cocktail menu, the perfect complement to any of Zeggz’s delectable egg dishes.

Bueno bendito.

Bueno bendito.

After placing your order and paying, you receive a number and proceed to the table of your choice. The space is clean and open, with furniture that is at once elegant and modern. It’s a new local place, but it feels like it’s been around for several years due to the pristine and streamlined feel of the interior. There’s a bar complete with outlets and USB ports, a comfy couch and cushion area perfect for reading the paper and, of course, traditional tables and booths aplenty.

Zeggz was formed by four entrepreneurial businessmen with a particularly successful history of developing restaurants. They opened the first Zeggz on Chamberlain Lane last spring as a full-service sit-down restaurant, but with the new location in Middletown, which opened earlier this month, they wanted to do something different.

The formula they came up with for Zeggz – fast-casual breakfast – has proven so successful that the team has a third location in the works, the second fast-casual location, planned to open by mid-April on Lime Kiln Lane.Jesse Johnson, director of operations, is tremendously excited about the prospects, which are due mostly to the innovation Zeggz is bringing to Louisville breakfast. “You can’t go somewhere fast-casual and get pancakes or waffles – especially at the high quality of our recipes. So we think we’re at the forefront here,” he asserts.

Eiffel Tower sandwich.

Eiffel Tower sandwich.

They certainly are. But it wouldn’t work if the menu didn’t boast an incredibly delicious array of options. Johnson explains that, while the menu is split fairly evenly between breakfast and lunch items, breakfast is a bit more popular. However, customers are starting to discover the tasty lunch entrees, such as the absolutely amazing burger, as well. Regardless, guests can count on excellence in every dish thanks to Zeggz’s commitment to high-quality and often local ingredients.

From the breakfast side, the Eiffel Tower is a standout, a sandwich of sausage, strawberries, eggs and goat cheese between two slices of French toast. Sweet and savory, it’s not only filling and delicious but whimsically creative as well. The bueno bendito, what Johnson describes as the top-seller, is also magnificently stellar. Two poached eggs are served atop cornbread with chorizo, jalapeño, avocado, cilantro, cotija and pepperjack cheeses with sriracha sour cream and a side of salsa. Spicy and expertly nuanced, it’s no wonder customers are flocking to this outstanding dish.

Créme brulee French toast.

Créme brulee French toast.

“We’re trying to be a classy breakfast place,” Johnson details. “So we took the classic breakfast and escalated that … I call it a traditional menu with a flair.” For example, yes, Zeggz has the traditional French toast, waffles and pancakes, but they all have a unique – and sensational – spin on them. The French toast is actually a delightfully indulgent créme brulee French toast with seared brown sugar on one side. A waffle can be served banana nut style with bananas and pecans sauteed in a bourbon caramel sauce. And what’s more, all these bread-based items can be made gluten-free, a remarkable feat that is sure to please even the most restricted of diets.

On the horizon for Zeggz are some significant technological advancements that will only make the eatery stand out even more. Apps for both iOS and Android are currently in development, and online ordering is about to launch. For Mothers’ Day, Zeggz will offer Breakfast in Bed for mom – stay tuned for details.

Beyond that, massive expansion is the true aspiration. Johnson explains that the company is looking primarily at areas within an hour radius – for now. And the internal development will only go up from there. “As we get more stores out there, we’re educating our customers as well as ourselves,” he contends. “There’s nothing like this in the city – or the region really.”

Get a taste of Zeggz for yourself this weekend; on Saturday, March 26, Zeggz will be hosting an egg decorating contest just in time for Easter. Anytime you visit, however, you can expect high-quality breakfast and lunch dishes that live up to the Zeggz slogan in every way. Fresh. Casual. Fast. VT