Over the next few week's You Gotta Eat is going to focus the camera on the first meal of the day.
Eric Shangraw is having breakfast, for lunch, at Le Peep.
Le Peep is for the person who likes a little more fancy–pants in their breakfast.
No greasy sausage or oily hash browns. The hash browns are cooked an oven.
Just about everything else is prepared on an 800–degree cast iron flat stovetop.
An egg over easy is perfectly prepared in about 3.5–minutes.
"The first thing you need is breakfast in the morning for the day. Then you can skip lunch and go for dinner. But you must have breakfast," said owner Dan Schlink.
"It is a great place to meet with friends and visit and catch up. They'll throw you out at 2pm if you stay to long," said customer Jane Velazquez.
Actually they will let you stick around to about 2:30 before they nudge you out the door.
Let's get to eat.
Photographer Josh Simon ordered the Sir Benedict Omelet. It comes with chicken, mushrooms, broccoli, and cream cheese sealed in a hollandaise sauce. Sir Picky had them hold the broccoli and add some cheddar cheese.
Josh liked having a piece of chicken in every bite.
He also added to his recommended daily dose of vitamin C with a Strawberry Fields Smoothie: strawberry, bananas and apple juice in each suck of the straw. No scurvy for Josh.
I had the Shamrock Benedict: It is an Irish style eggs benedict. That means Eggs Benedict surrounded by corn beef hash.
It was delicious.
I did however miss the moistness of hash browns cooked in oil as opposed to the Le Peep oven baked rather dry recipe.
I washed it all down with a palate–pleasing pomegranate flavored iced tea.
Our bill: $25.80 plus tip.
Le Peep offers a healthy morning meal, and is not for the greasy spoon breakfast crowd.
Le Peep is opening seven days a week.
It is located in the Pioneer Square shopping center.
7501 N. University
Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-2pm
There is also a Le Peep on Hershey Road in Bloomington.