An Interesting Omelet at Tommy’s Restaurant
A typical omelet consists of what? Eggs, cheese, some veggies? Maybe some ham, bacon or sausage? Sure, these are all standard breakfast ingredients to make a tasty omelet. So how about an omelet with falafel? I have a certain fondness for the chickpea so an omelet with falafel jumped out at me. That’s exactly what I had over at Tommy’s Restaurant in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. More specifically, they call this omelet with falafel a “John Z.”, ($8.09) and served with your choice of toast (I went for rye toast, my favorite).
The “John Z.” omelet is a hearty sized creation stuffed with falafel, ham, cheese, onions, mushrooms, green peppers and tomatoes. The falafel’s salty, subtle garlicky flavor gave the omelet a unique taste and texture. I found myself wishing for more falafel and maybe less ham and mushrooms. Can they just rename this the “Ryan H.” if we added some more falafel and kicked the shrooms and ham to the curb? I’ll give Tommy a call.
So why is it called “John Z.”? Well the first person to order this specific omelet combination was a guy by the name of John Zenisek. That’s how the menu has developed through the years at Tommy’s. The customers have had a big impact on what is served, and a unique request may be granted with menu status. I knew that on this morning, I would be choosing some sort of omelet and a couple of interesting choices that caught my eye, “The Braun” (omelet with shrimp and cheese) and the “Kraig” (omelet with spinach, mushrooms, cheddar and muenster cheese). Thank you Mr. John Z. for your respectable palate.
Tommy’s has been around since 1972 when it got it’s start as a small soda shop and has earned it’s popularity by it’s milkshakes. Anyone reading this who has had a milkshake ($4.84 for a 20oz.) from Tommy’s will probably be disappointed to know that I skipped the milkshake. It was breakfast time and I had already had a backwards breakfast the day before when I indulged in a grilled cheese and tomato soup at Lucky’s Cafe. A definite for next time… the Cookies & Cream shake. On this morning, the “John Z.” omelet was the star.
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