A new breakfast place in the Sunnyland neighborhood wants to serve you breakfast that reminds you of Mom’s cooking, with maybe a bit of sass thrown in.
Fans of the Food Network television show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” may be familiar with Over Easy, which was founded in 2008 in Arizona by Brad May. The Bellingham Over Easy will be operated by Jamie and Colleen Bohnett and is the first one that opened outside of Arizona. Over Easy currently has five restaurants and is planning to grow.
For May, who stopped in Bellingham for the opening, the concept is to make Over Easy look like his mother’s kitchen when he was growing up, right down to the tables and chairs. The only thing missing, he said, is the white cabinets.
He also encourages his employees to be sassy, much like his mom was when he would pull up to the table for breakfast. The goal is to give customers an experience they will remember along with the food.
“We are not in the food service business, but the hospitality business,” May said. “But the food is good, too.”
Nearly everything on the menu is made from scratch and from local vendors but has an old-fashioned, Midwest flavor to it. Even the coffee is a special blend from Fidalgo Bay to taste like the coffee served at the original Over Easy eatery. Menu items include chicken fried steak, pancakes, caramelized banana pecan french toast and waffle dogs (sausages on sticks, dipped in waffle batter). Over Easy also has a variety of egg choices, including omelets.
Jamie Bohnett said they originally were looking in the Seattle area to open an Over Easy in Washington but found Bellingham much easier to deal with in terms of finding the right location and working with the community. He noted that Sunnyland in particular is the kind of neighborhood he was looking for, and is already appreciating the support from people stopping in to say they are happy he’s open.
Bohnett believes Bellingham is underserved when it comes to breakfast places and wants to make sure that along with good food and the experience, that the service takes place as quickly as possible.
“We know people here love going out for breakfast, and that they don’t have a lot of time to spend on it,” Bohnett said.