Some people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I don’t live by that thought but I do enjoy a good breakfast. When I first heard that a favorite breakfast sandwich spot from Los Angeles, Eggslut, was opening at Cosmopolitan I wasn’t too excited. Eggslut in Los Angeles is as famous for beautiful and delicious sandwiches as it is for waiting in lines over an hour or two long.
Marc doesn’t do lines – especially when I haven’t eaten yet.
Eggslut’s Vegas opening at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas was a few months after the initial announcement. The wait gave me time to realize that it’s not easy to find a great egg sandwich Las Vegas. There are plenty of good egg sandwiches but nothing that comes close to the New York City diners I enjoyed growing up.
Still, 2 hours for an egg sandwich? Hmmm…maybe…if it’s really that good.
Eggslut at the Cosmopolitan is more of a stand than a restaurant. There are about 12-14 bar seats inside and outside of the small quick serve restaurant that used to be home to Va Bene coffee shop. There’s about as much room for food preparation as there are for customers. When you visit Eggslut expect to take your food to go.
Since there are so few seats in the restaurant and demand for food is so high many people just walked their breakfast from Eggslut a few steps away to the Chandelier Bar. This might be the prettiest location to eat breakfast inside of a casino in Vegas. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was an Eggslut brunch here during the weekend in the future. (I won’t charge for this great idea.)
The kitchen is designed to quickly make sandwiches fresh to order. The process seems like it should be going fast but the attention to making the perfect eggs takes time. My 20-25 minute wait for 3 sandwiches was a reminder that I was in store something better than a sloppy B/E/C from the Castle Hill Diner in the Bronx.
When I arrived at Eggslut the line was about 50 people deep and growing. Thankfully, I had a “reservation” set up through public relations and the restaurant. It still took 20-25 minutes for the food to be delivered even though we didn’t have to wait in line. This allowed us to find a couple of chairs at the counter which made the wait more tolerable.
If I had to guess I’d say the wait to receive food was anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes for those who waited in line.
Finally Eating Eggslut
A friend and I each tried a different sandwich and ordered a third sandwich to share. I wanted the simple breakfast staple of a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich, he had the Fairfax with bacon and we shared a cheeseburger because they were out of steak to make the gaucho.
The bacon, egg and cheese sandwich ($8) is made with applewood smoked bacon, cage-free over medium egg, cheddar cheese, chipotle ketchup in a warm brioche bun. This was probably the best egg sandwich I had since moving to Las Vegas.
The bacon was perfectly cooked (not too limp and not too crispy) and the applewood smoke flavor was strong. The egg and cheese held the sandwich together and I’m a sucker for a brioche bun. My bun wasn’t even hot because I take too many pictures but it was delicious. The ingredient that took the sandwich over the top was the chipotle ketchup. The ketchup provided a nice little tang to the sandwich.
My friend had the Fairfax ($8), which was recommended by everyone I spoke with. This sandwich includes cage-free soft scrambled eggs, chives, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, sriracha mayo on a warm brioche bun. Bacon was added for $4 and his happiness over the sandwich seemed to mirror mine.
The other thing I look for with a breakfast sandwich is something to help when I’m hungover. The Gaucho ($14) sounded like the right sandwich to try for this occasion. How great does a sandwich with seared wagyu tri-tip steak, cage-free over medium egg, chimichurri sauce, red onions and dressed arugula on a warm brioche bun sound after a long night of Vegas?
Sadly, Eggslut was out of steak for the Gaucho ($14). This sandwich isn’t a big seller in Los Angeles and they didn’t account for the influx of swole bros looking for protein after leaving Marquee. I’m told this will be fixed in the future and there should be enough steak to go around. Side note: Marquee is right across the casino and will always pack Eggslut when it lets out.
We opted for the cheeseburger ($10) as a replacement. This sandwich is ground Angus beef, cage-free over medium egg, caramelized onions, bread & butter pickles, cheddar cheese, dijonnaise on a warm brioche bun. This is the sloppy kind of burger you want after a day and night of Vegasing. I would order without onions next time but the ingredients worked perfectly together. Now that I think of it I might add some of that chipotle ketchup.
While waiting for the food, we were told to try the salted chocolate chip cookie ($4.50). It’s difficult to find fault with a cookie that was all melty from being heated in an oven. This might make for a better afternoon snack but it was tasty and a nice treat while waiting.
Coffee is king and it makes the world go round. Needless to say that the cold brew coffee was almost as anticipated the egg sandwiches. The coffee was tasty but the cup is waaaaay too small – especially for $5. Many people were bringing in Starbucks from the first level instead of paying $5 for the smallest cup of iced coffee you’ll ever drink at Eggslut. (LINK to the complete menu)
Comparison, Prices and final thoughts of Eggslut
The prices at Eggslut in Las Vegas are a little more expensive than the original location in Los Angeles. My $8 bacon, egg and cheese sandwich sells for $6 in LA. It’s a $2 markup, which seems to have become the standard markup for the Vegas Strip.
The original Eggslut in Los Angeles is adored by many and it seems as though the food in Las Vegas is equally as good. People in Los Angeles don’t mind waiting in line for two hours just to say that they had the coolest sandwich on Instagram. No matter how good the food is, I’m not sure that there are as many people in Las Vegas who will want to wait in line for an hour or two after a night of whatever happens in Vegas.
I thoroughly enjoyed my food but I’m not sure anything in life is worth a two hour wait. I can’t even watch a movie straight through without stopping. That said, the food was great and worth the money if you have the patience.
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