Thumbs Up Diner’s Eggs in Paradise

Written by Kylie McKlveen

We love an original local restaurant with its own unique personality and a funky menu to match, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at the 1950’s-inspired Thumbs Up Diner: an approachable “breakfast all day” dining scene with an established reputation in inspired, homemade family-style breakfast recipes. This nostalgic diner has casual seating options (booths, tables or at the counter) to grab a fresh cup of coffee with friends or have an informal breakfast meeting with co-workers. At first glance, the menu looks fairly standard, but many of the diner’s favorite items are tweaked to perfection with a subtle twist, and made with the freshest local ingredients and flavors. For more information, visit Thumbs Up Diner

The Eggs In Paradise is one of the most popular egg dishes at the diner and combines the family’s Italian heritage of homemade tomato sauce with two fried eggs. Give it a try at home!

Recipe courtesy of Thumbs Up Diner; photo by Meridith Ford Goldman courtesy of The Reynolds Group

Eggs in Paradise
Serves 4

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups crushed tomatoes
1 to 2 teaspoons sugar
Red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
1 tablespoon Italian parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
2 to 3 tablespoons of butter
8 eggs

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic and cook briefly until limp for 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in the tomatoes, sugar and red pepper flakes. Reduce the heat to low heat and cover slightly. Let simmer for 15 minutes then stir in the parsley and season with salt and pepper. Set aside and keep warm.

In a separate large skillet, melt the butter to coat the bottom of the pan. Crack eggs (two to four eggs at a time to the skillet depending on its size). Cook eggs, turning once until done to your liking. Repeat with remaining eggs.

While the eggs are frying, divide the sauce equally among four plates. Once cooled, top the sauce with two fried eggs and serve immediately.