In last week’s column we wrote about a celebrity restaurant as the city is filled with celebrated chefs. This week it’s about Norm and his eggs. Not lovable Norm from “Cheers,” rather Norm the lovable guy on the west side of town and his Eggs Café.
I enjoy going to the big-name power-chef places on the Strip, but have always loved hitting small mom and pop type places even more. Recently I found such a place. It basically was right in front of me and I never knew it. Norm’s Eggs Café is located at 3655 S. Durango Drive and is just a couple of minutes from the radio station where I co-host a show on Wednesday and Thursday. Being so close I had to give it a try.
On my first visit, the minute I looked at the menu I knew what I was going to order. I was feeling like pancakes and as soon as I saw the Red Velvet Pancakes I was sold. As good as they looked they tasted even better.
The cream cheese icing on top of the pancakes made it like you were eating fluffy red velvet cupcakes. Yes, in case you haven’t figured it out those are my favorite pancakes on the menu.
If you’re not feeling like red velvet try the chocolate chip, blueberry or banana nut pancakes. For those of you who enjoy a healthier choice, Norm offers a buckwheat and a multi-grain pancake as well.
Norm offers all the traditional breakfast favorites from steak ‘n eggs to omelets and even lox and cream cheese. Not feeling like breakfast? Check out Norm’s full lunch menu.
On my second trip I went the lunch route and had one of Norm’s burgers that was served with fries and cole slaw for only $5.45. You would pay that or more at a fast food drive thru and, trust me, it won’t be as good.
Norm offers $5.99 Quick Lunch Specials, which are traditional comfort food items like Beef Stew, Pot Roast, Meat Loaf or Vegetable Stir Fry. The café is open for the breakfast and lunch crowd from 6 a.m.-3 p.m. daily.
The staff has always been friendly and attentive. In fact, on two different trips there were customers sitting at the outside tables and the gentlemen both had their dogs with them. It was a hot day and I thought it was a really a nice touch when I saw a waitress get a bowl of water and take it outside for the dogs.
When you’re at Norm’s they make you feel welcome just like you were at home. So if you’re looking for a good home cooked meal at reasonable prices, check out Norm’s Eggs Café. I give it a rating of 3.75 Forks out of 4.
Marco D’Angelo is the senior handicapper at Pregame.com. He co-hosts FIRST PREVIEW every Thursday at 10 a.m. on ESPN 1100 AM/98.9 FM. Follow him on twitter: @MarcoInVegas. Contact him at [email protected].