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Eggzilla, monster of an omelet, challenges many at Princess Anne County Grill

Eggzilla, an extreme food challenge, at the Princess Anne County Grill. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

Eggzilla, an extreme food challenge, at the Princess Anne County Grill. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE

LANDSTOWN — The brave, having ventured to Princess Anne County Grill at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market, tuck in to a giant meal called Eggzilla.

It is a massive six-egg omelet stuffed with veggies, cheese, sausage links and patties and bacon, surrounded by double orders of home fries and toast.

Scot Wilson, 53, has owned the restaurant for 11 years, and he said Eggzilla was just a food challenge to get people talking about the place at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market – and, of course, eating.

“Get people to come in,” he said. “Get your picture on the wall.”

It took off, but it wasn’t enough of a challenge.

“It started getting easier, so we added the home fries,” he said. “How long have we been doing it?”

“Seven years,” server Cortney Roach, 28, replied.

“I’ve never done it,” Wilson said. “I can’t eat that much.”

The carbs, it seems, stop some runs to consume Eggzilla.

“It’s usually the bread,” Roach offered.

“It’s a double order,” Wilson said.

Scott Quirico, 38, tackled Eggzilla during a visit to the Princess Anne County Grill. Quirico, a lawyer from Northern Virginia, was in town this past month to run a race at the Oceanfront.

“Any rules or anything I need to know about?” he asked.

“No help,” server Kiesha Banks said. “You get an hour.”

She pointed at a clock on the wall.

“Let the games begin,” Banks said.

“I’m running tomorrow,” Quirico explained. “Fuel.”

“We ran a race,” his 7-year-old daughter, Cassandra, said.

“We did a mile in the sand,” Scott Quirico said.

How was it?

“Good,” Cassandra Quirico said.

“You did a good job,” Allyson Quirico, 38, told her daughter.

“I look for big meals,” Scott Quirico said. “I know I’m going to be eating big, so I look for challenges.”

He tackled this one with gusto, dividing the omelet, placing chunks in folded pieces of toast, which carried Eggzilla to his mouth. In comparison, his wife and child’s meals looked adorable.

“You think you could finish that?” Allyson Quirico asked her daughter.

“It’s too big.”

“Could you eat half of it if your cousin helped you?”

“Yes,” Cassandra Quirico said.

Banks marveled at Quirico’s progress.

“He’s only been eating 10 minutes, and he’s almost done,” she said.

Then she shared a story that almost sounded like a fable. Once, two men came in together. Each ordered Eggzilla. One launched into it, but the other man took his time, taking photograph after photograph of the massive meal.

“I mean, he was twirling his plate around,” she said.

The photographer didn’t finish. The man who stayed on task did.

“Were you here that day?” Banks asked server Alex Soto, 23. “The two guys?”

“Two guys at the same time?” Soto asked. “Yeah. I had one finish and get dessert.”

Before you knew it, Quirico was done.

He said the omelet was really good, noting that this isn’t always the case with meals in which size is such a notable component of the dining experience.

“He finished even before me,” Cassandra Quirico said.

 At right, Scot Wilson, owner of Princess Anne County Grill, holds Eggzilla. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

At right, Scot Wilson, owner of Princess Anne County Grill, holds Eggzilla. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

Scott Quirico of Northern Virginia, in town to run a race at the Oceanfront, fuels up with Eggzilla at Princess Anne County Grill. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

Scott Quirico of Northern Virginia, in town to run a race at the Oceanfront, fuels up with Eggzilla at Princess Anne County Grill. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

 

The Independent News

3 Comments

    • Head over to Charlie’s American Cafe in Norfolk and try their challenge. Much bigger (and really delicious!) omelet along with a huge stack of pancakes. I attempted it the next day and put down the omelet but the stack of plain dense pancakes was too much, maybe with some fruit or toppings or something though …

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