The family-owned and operated classic American breakfast and lunch location Eggcited opened May 5 on the southeast corner of Hassert Boulevard and Route 59 in south Naperville.
It offers typical breakfast favorites always with eggs in mind, as the name says, and so much more. Eggcited is the newest venture of owners Filiz Sav and husband Volkan Sav, who come from a long line of family in the restaurant business.
To help set off the restaurant, the Savs, who previously owned several fast food restaurants, knew a great chef would help.
“We have the best chef, chef Nick Mathews; he used to own Cozy Corner,” says Sav, of the chef whose dishes have become somewhat of a legend in the area.
Typical menu items include pancakes, omelets, burgers, sandwiches and soup salad combos.
“A lot of people like our stuffed french toast. It’s stuffed with cream cheese, berries, like strawberries and bananas,” Sav says of one of the top-sellers.
Also try the Eggciting crepes at $ 8.99. The most expensive items on the menu are the house specialty burger at $ 11.49 and skirt steak at $11.99.
“It’s a family spot. We try to stay below $10 for most items,” Sav says.
Papa Nicholas coffee rounds off the breakfast experience.
“I believe a breakfast place should have good coffee. We get a lot of compliments,” Sav adds.
Warm bronze and light wood colors welcome patrons in this large space that can seat up to 220 people and is ideally split up into three segments to accommodate larger parties.
“We did not follow a specific theme, but it all came together to create a welcoming space,” says Sav of the location that used to be Gigi’s several years ago.
With Filiz’s brother and sister helping out, this truly is a family-operated business.
The Sav’s two children frequently help out on weekends, too, and 12-year-old son, Osman, was the one who came up with the restaurant’s name.
Filiz and her husband have had their eye on the Naperville location for a while now and were thrilled when the space became available.
“We have a lot of people asking us to be open for dinner, but currently we are focusing on offering breakfast and lunch. We really do care about our business,” adds Sav, who also offers senior discounts Monday through Thursday.
Gemato’s Wood Pit BBQ, on the corner of West Ogden Avenue and West Jefferson Avenue, is getting more than just a face lift.
“We want to expand, offer more seating,” says owner Tom Soto of the restaurant he opened with his brother Mario 18 years ago.
Big windows and more air conditioners will help improve the space.
The restaurant is best known for its brisket, pulled pork and chicken out of their wood-burning stove and off their grills. Customers who visit for the first time are often left wondering why they waited to stop in.
“They say ‘wow’ why didn’t I come in before,” Soto chuckles.
Gemato’s Wood Pit BBQ also offers carry-out and catering for both lunch and dinner. And beer and wine are also served.
The restaurant is fully operational during construction on Route 59. Soto hopes it will finish up by the end of July.
“I like the area,” says the Naperville resident who opened a second location in Worth, Illinois, a year and a half ago.
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Where: 2728 Hassert Blvd., suite 160, Naperville
Facebook: EggCited Pancake House
Hours: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily
Gemato’s Wood Pit BBQ
Where: 1556 W. Ogden Ave., Naperville
Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday