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Posted on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 5:58 a.m.

Cracking and cooking the perfect egg breakfast at Ann Arbor's Northside Grill

By Melanie Maxwell

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Whether you are eating them for breakfast, brunch or brinner, there are many ways to enjoy eggs. Northside Grill cook Chris Scholl walks us through a few simple techniques to make your eggs just right.

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Bertha Venation

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 9:25 p.m.

Chickens should run... eggs should not!


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 8:46 p.m.

Steam basted - the way my grandma used to make them! Easier to make than poached, better than over easy, and healthier than regular basted. Yum!

Laurie Longo

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 7:34 p.m.

L-O-V-E the Northside! Best food and even better people. Free range egss only and fresh squeezed orange juice squeezed right there in a great big orange machine that would BUT I can always tells when Chris is cooking... : )

Laurie Longo

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 7:37 p.m.

Oh, this keyboard - it makes its own What I wrote (as opposed to what showed up) was "fresh squeezed orange juice squeezed right there in a great big orange machine that would fascinate anyone who was or will someday be ten years old and, although all the cooks are wonderful, I can always tell when Chris is cooking..." Love you guys...xoxoxox


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 6:28 p.m.

an egg is an egg. depends on the fries and toast. most of all the service.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 5:49 p.m.

Fun video. I would also add that if you want to over easy your egg without it breaking, in addition to cooking it slow/being patient, flip with a very thin metal spatula (like he's using in the video). Typical plastic spatulas aren't sharp enough to cleanly lift the egg.

Julie Baker

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 5:32 p.m.

Great video. I've never been very good at the whole fried egg thing. My efforts to flip it are pretty pathetic! (Same issue with pancakes.)

Melanie Maxwell

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 5:46 p.m.

What I learned from Chris at Northside is that a griddle or flat top is the most ideal cooking surface for eggs. And also to use some sort of fat (they use a soy-based product) to help the process! Don't worry Julie, tomorrow we have a video all about pancakes!


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 4:03 p.m.

My chickens are free range coming and going as they please. They are fed tasty diet of corn and medical marijuana to help them lose track of their miserable low paying jobs. The courage to standup to your employer; is hard to find when you're a chicken.

Bertha Venation

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 9:22 p.m.

Awwww.... Bless you... my son! You are a true humanitarian.

Atticus F.

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 3:33 p.m.

Soft boiled! hard to get them at a restaruant.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 2:40 p.m.

Don't forget, for every egg produced, a hen must spend 72 hours in miserable, filthy conditions, unable to move.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 4:19 p.m.

Radlib, because of your comment I plan on throwing at least a dozen eggs against the wall. YOU have to live with the consequences of those wasted eggs and the countless hours of chicken abuse that took place in order for me to waste them.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 2:59 p.m.

Doesn't/can't read? Just spews...


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 2:43 p.m.

Derp? Did you miss the part about free-range chickens?


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 1:25 p.m.

Nice place. I just wish they opened earlier.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 1:20 p.m.

How about "Over Easy" for the poll?

Jessica Webster

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 5:08 p.m.

RiverRat76 - when were you a Denny's cook? I was a waitress at the Denny's on Washtenaw for a year back when I was in college (89-90).


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 3:21 p.m.

I was a cook a Denny's for seven years! This list from wiki is how we also called our "fried" egges: A style known simply as "fried" — eggs are fried on both sides with the yolks broken until set or hard. "Sunny side up" — cooked only on one side; yolk is liquid; the egg white is set. This is often known simply as "eggs up". Gently splashing the hot cooking oil or fat on the sunny side uncooked white, i.e., basting, may be done to thoroughly cook the white. Covering the frying pan with a lid during cooking (optionally adding a cover and half-teaspoon of water just before finishing) allows for a less "runny" egg, and is an alternative method to flipping for cooking an egg over easy (this is occasionally called "sunny side down"). "Over easy" or "over light", cooked on both sides; the yolk is a light runny and the egg white is fully cooked. "Over medium" — cooked on both sides; the yolk is of medium consistency and the egg white is thoroughly cooked. "Over well" — cooked on both sides until the yolk has solidified. "Over hard" or "hard" — cooked on both sides with the yolk broken until hard. "Overcook" — cooked on both sides until the egg white and yolk have hardened and started to brown.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 2:43 p.m.

I will get two COMPLETELY different eggs depending if you asked or "over easy" or "fried."

Kyle Mattson

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 1:29 p.m.

That would fall under 'fried' YpsiLivin!


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 11:40 a.m.

How about an address for Northside Grill?

Kyle Mattson

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 2:33 p.m.

Sure! I've added a link above to their basic info.