Just a few hundred feet from my apartment, this new restaurant really hit the spot after a 13 mile run through Southeast Boise! 

When I moved into my neighborhood, I was thrilled with the number of retailers and restaurant options within walking distance from my front door.  From the small wine bar, and Albertsons to the liquor store (don't judge me, it's great to have it across the street when you're having your friends over for a summer BBQ by the pool) and Starbucks, we really had it all...for a while.

The Eastgate Plaza at Boise Ave and Apple has had some really tough years. They lost one of their anchor stores in 2014 when Sports Authority started closing locations.  Hastings would follow in 2016, leaving those of use in the neighborhood wondering what the future held for the shopping area.

Things turned around in 2017.  Master Lee's Tae Kwon Do school put a lot of work into freshening up their facade and D&B purchased both the empty Sports Authority and Hastings stores. Knocking out a wall allowed them to open their newest South East Boise store last fall.

But what happened to Northern Lights Cafe that shares space in the same plaza? The restaurant closed without much fanfare in October 2017.  Well, now we know what's moved in!

Jeannie, who also owns Zero Six Coffee Fix on Parkcenter Blvd, purchased the restaurant and kept the entire kitchen and waitstaff (including the former owner) on board. After a few months of renovation, the restaurant re-opened as Egg Mann and Earl in December.

My friend and I stopped in to refuel after our run on Sunday morning and were so impressed! They keep their menu small by choice to make sure you're getting the freshest breakfast in Southeast Boise. With items ranging from $1-$7, they give you the opportunity to build your own perfect breakfast plate. You can choose from eggs, pancakes, french toast, biscuits and gravy and more to build that plate!

Looking for something a dish that's a little more concrete? They also offer breakfast sammies, omelettes and in typical Jeannie fashion, an original dish named "The Walrus."

I had the french toast and some scrambled eggs, while my friend Kimberly had the biscuits and gravy, eggs and sausage. Needless to say, our plates were completely empty when we left.  They also kicked in a complimentary warm scone for us to munch on while we waited for our food.  Best. Scone. Ever.  It reminded me of an elephant ear from my church's festival when I was younger!

Check out a sneak peek of the menu HERE and visit Eggmann Earl at 650 E Boise Ave Tuesday-Friday from 6 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.- 2 p.m. or Sunday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.