SIOUX CITY -- Main + Abbey executive chef Nick Goodwin said his favorite breakfast is a rare steak, eggs cooked over easy and a mountain of hash brown potatoes served on the side.
"You've got to break the eggs yolk so it combines with the juices of the steak," he said, inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's fine dining restaurant. "It may sound gross but I insist it is really delicious."
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Indeed, breakfast has been on Goodwin's mind a lot lately. Main + Abbey began serving it from 7:30 to 11 a.m., weekdays a few weeks ago.
"Our guests have wanted Main + Abbey to be open for breakfast service for a long time," he explained. "I like it because it allows us to put a Hard Rock spin on the All-American breakfast."
In addition to Goodwin's Steak & Egg platter (six ounces of certified Angus beef sirloin, two eggs, hash browns and toast), Main + Abbey's A.M. also offers Lobster Benedict (soft-boiled eggs, truffle Hollandaise sauce, English muffins and a Maine lobster claw) for early-rising high rollers.
"I'm pleased that people are enjoying the Lobster Benedict," he said. "It's definitely a special occasion breakfast but it's really good."
If your tastes aren't quite so grand, Goodwin recommended the M + A Classic (three eggs, bacon or sausage link, hash browns and toast); the Breakfast Tacos (two scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, arugula, tomatoes, onions, salsa and your choice of bacon, sausage or chicken); in addition to a meal that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
"Our King's Hawaiian French Toast uses thick cut King's Hawaiian sweet bread, bacon or sausage and plenty of our house-made maple syrup," he said. "People's eyes light up when they see how we make French toast."
Guests have a very similar reaction to Main + Abbey's Belgian Waffles (a pearled sugar waffle, topped with blueberries, blackberries or strawberries and a generous amount of whipped cream); as well as Flapjacks that can come topped with blueberries, chocolate chip or a strawberry compote.
"You can't go too crazy with breakfast," Goodwin said. "That's why we stuck with plenty of comfort food favorites."
This includes Biscuits and Gravy (house-made biscuits, your choice of meat, two eggs and a decadent sausage gravy); and a Build Your Own Omelet option.
"We're still in the beginning stages of our breakfast service," Goodwin said. "We're please with the reaction the food's been getting."
That's very important, he said.
Overseeing the menu of all Hard Rock restaurants, Goodwin wanted to make sure to eliminate any duplication of effort.
"We decided to limit Main + Abbey's breakfast to weekday mornings," he said. "World Tour Buffet already has an awesome weekend breakfast buffet. We didn't want to be in competition against one another."
Despite that, Goodwin is positive that people will enjoy his rock and roll take on early morning foods.
"I began my career as a breakfast chef and have always enjoyed making omelets," he said, insisting the key to the perfect omelet is to keep the eggs moving in the pan before giving it a customary flip. "This is fun for me."
The new menu will also allow Main + Abbey to have continuous food service for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
"We want Main + Abbey to be fun, accessible and to have great food," Goodwin said. "Our new breakfast menu will allow us to bring a rock and roll twist to breakfast."