Mo’s Egg House - Farmhouse goodness and superior service
Friday, September 20th, 2013
Issue 38, Volume 17.
I peek into the window, obviously drawing attention to myself, and a minute later the doors open. "Customer always comes first," says Mo’s Egg House’s manager Peggy Peterson, and letting the hungry customers in a little early is one great way to show it.
The doors, red and polished chrome, reminiscent of 1950s diners, lead into a country kitchen-inspired dining hall. Red and white checkered tablecloths, lantern-shaped lights, display shelves with farm animal figurines – the ones you’d see at Grandma’s – all add to the country setting. A large farm mural, replete with cows, hens and a farm cat adorns one of the walls.
It has been only three years since Mo’s Egg House moved to Temecula from Simi Valley but people are talking about this popular restaurant online and otherwise.
"You want great breakfast? Go to Mo’s," an Olive Garden waiter suggested last year; and since then Mo’s is the place where we bring our out-of-town guests for that special breakfast.
Mo’s Egg House owners, Mo and Rick Daniels, are the driving force behind the restaurant’s success. Rick is also the restaurant’s head cook.
"Rick is always on the lookout for new recipes. Just recently they came back from Hawaii and now we serve Kona cakes," comments Peggy on Rick’s ingenuity and love of cooking.
One of my all-time sweet breakfast favorites – since the days my Grandmother made them – are lingonberry crepes. At Mo’s they are known as Swedish Pancakes – four large and delightfully thin crepes come rolled up, topped with perky lingonberry jam (and butter if you like) – a perfect combination, as far as I am concerned. My husband goes for a more traditional fare of crispy hash brown potatoes and Huevos Rancheros (two eggs fried andserved over refried beans and warm tortillas, crowned with avocados, salsa and sour cream.)
Mo’s is famous for its abundant servings. "You can’t see the plate for all the food," says Peggy. And I concur. The first time we came to Mo’s, my nephew ordered French Toast of truly mammoth proportions. I can still remember his face when he looked at the plate and then back up at me. Smothered in butter and cinnamon and sugar, it was a sight to behold. The best part of it, he had to share.
Service is another high point of anyone’s who visits Mo’s. Yelp reviews under 5 stars are rare.
"Our people are just great," says Peggy. "We are usually busy, but we turn our tables quickly and our bussers are always on their toes. We have enough people to handle the crowds."
Some customers are like family; they come in at the same time every morning and know exactly what they want. Peggy points to a couple by the window – in just after 7 a.m.
"They don’t even get menus."
The motto at Mo’s is: "Always accommodate the customer. We want our customers’ meals to be made the way they want them. So if you want American cheese instead of Swiss on your omelet, we will do that, just ask."
And don’t forget Mo’s complimentary coffee cake – which comes out first. Light, fluffy and sweet, it is also becoming a popular order for office breakfasts.
"They order it by the sheet, instead of the regular donuts," says Peggy.
If you need to get to work early, Early Risers Special might be a thing for you. Choose from six pre-set breakfasts – for $6.65 (includes coffee or small juice). You might want to try 2 Big Biscuits "N" Gravy with 2 strips of bacon or 2 sausage links and 2 eggs; or Corned Beef Hash, plus one egg, potatoes and toast; or maybe you feel like something sweet, and might be interested in their pancakes or French toast. One thing is for sure, you won’t be disappointed.
Mo’s Egg House is located at 27405 Jefferson Ave., Temecula. It is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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