Broken Yoke Café: The Ultimate Breakfast Place

It’s not like me to try a new place three times in as many weeks, but the newly-opened Broken Yoke Café that recently opened in the former space of the Chop House at 262 S. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, is just such a place.
Having heard about this southern California chain of restaurants, and its La Quinta location’s rave reviews, I was anxious to try it out.
My first visit was during the lunch hour which to be honest I was a bit skeptical about due to its breakfast sounding name.  One of my favorite sandwiches is a Rueben, and it did not disappoint. It was filled with a hefty portion of corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing; and grilled on rye bread. Very tasty and served with a pickle, and your choice of French fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, potato salad or broccoli slaw. I had the onion rings. They too were just right; crispy and not greasy.
My second visit was for breakfast. The place was packed. With a large semi-private room toward the back, Broken Yoke is especially great for large parties of families and friends. This time I went for one of their signature omelets; something I rarely make at home. I had the ‘John Wayne’; filled with mushrooms and grilled onions, covered with chili and cheese. Their omelets are served with your choice of home fries, hash browns, fresh fruit, rice or refried beans; along with a freshly baked biscuit, blueberry muffin, English muffin, tortillas or toast. I had the hash browns and blueberry muffin. My only surprise was that the hash browns were actually ‘tatter tots’ instead of the usual crispy shredded hash brown potatoes often served. I loved the omelet (couldn’t eat all of it), but next time I’ll go for the fresh fruit instead of the hash browns.
On my most recent visit my friend and I decided to go for one of their Daily $5.99 Breakfast Specials. He had the French Toast of three thick slices of batter-dipped egg bread, sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with fresh strawberry sauce, along with a side of bacon.

I went with the Buttermilk Pancakes, along with two eggs over easy and bacon. Although not a part of the ‘special’, I also ordered a side of rye toast as I like it to soak up my eggs. The only down side was that the toast was already buttered. Next time I’ll ask for unbuttered bread. In addition, we each ordered a small fresh squeezed orange juice and coffee (which was constantly refilled). A great deal for the money.