Apr 1, 2024 - Things to Do

Monday Munchies: Toasted Yolk takes on breakfast boom

A plate of eggs, sausage patties and hash brown casserole.

Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

A friend suggested Springdale's Toasted Yolk Cafe. I'm game for a good breakfast and always down to shine some light on Springdale.

The latest: It's NWA's newest spot that leans into the breakfast and brunch arena that Axios' Jennifer Kingson reports may dominate 2024's food trend.

Fun fact: Don't confuse the restaurant with Fayetteville's Cheba Hut that offers "toasted" subs, a blunt euphemism for its marijuana-inspired food.

The setup: The decor is bright, clean and cheery; the menu is packed with breakfast and lunch fare; and boozy drinks from its bar if you need more than a meal.

  • It's a chain with 17 open locations and 18 more in its pipeline, so there's a cookie-cutter feel. That can be a comfort to some and a turnoff for others.
A bowl of shrimp and grits.
The shrimp and grits at Toasted Yolk Cafe in Springdale. Photo: Ronie Sparkman

🍽️ 🍽️ Dig in: I landed on a combo that allowed for two eggs, meat, hashbrown casserole and a slice of sourdough French toast ($14), and a cup of coffee.

  • My date went for the shrimp and grits ($17).

The verdict: The coffee was great. The food was perfectly good and filling but not special enough to make it a destination.

  • The shrimp and grits were better than many places, my companion said, but their overall summary was: "Beats Village Inn."

🤷‍♂️ The intrigue: No coffee refill was ever offered and there was no butter with the French toast — a major and minor miss, respectively, IMO.

Check it out: 5653 Gateway Ave.; open 7am-3pm daily.

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