Ocean City —
Because breakfast is the most important meal of the day, you would think restaurants would offer it all the time, whenever you want it.
Most restaurants stop serving breakfast at 11 a.m., but not Augie's Omelette and Waffle House on Eighth Street not far from the Boardwalk.
Augie's serves breakfast all day, every day with daily specials and treats.
Owner Anna Augsberger is not new to the restaurant scene by any means, although she may have a new location. She got her start in the restaurant business at 15 years old as a waitress, which started her long career. Augsberger has owned various restaurants, most notably a restaurant at the Ocean City Airport on Bay Avenue.
"I love the restaurant business because I'm really a people person," said Augsberger.
Testament to that are the dozens of Augie fans follow her wherever she sets up shop, eager for the good food and friendly atmosphere. She still honors the VIP card that many still carry with them.
Augsberger's new restaurant has a perfect home in Ocean City, just the right place for it.
"I love being in a beach resort. It has a small-town feeling where everyone knows you," said Augsberger.
Augie's provides a wonderful sense of shore atmosphere for its clientele. It is an ideal location, just a short walk from the Boardwalk to the historic Homestead Hotel. Inside, bright and bold beach mural scenes are painted across the walls, which gives the eatery an artsy feel. To accompany the artwork, pendant-style multi-colored lamps dangle over the counter and tables. It has a fresh and clean look with added stylish accents to give it a little something more. It also has an internet café for those who want to surf the net, instead of the nearby waves.
The menu boasts more than 40 different omelettes from "The Basics" to "The 'not so' Basics," according to the menu. The basics consist of a choice of the traditional breakfast meats such as bacon, sausage, ham or scrapple whereas the "not so" basics are the western, roasted red pepper, Greek, veggie, garden, spinach Florentine, chicken and more. Eggs can be prepared every which way with every which ingredient a hungry customer could want. Basically speaking, a customer wants it, they have it.
In the mood for something sweeter than omelettes? Augie's has 14 different types of waffles ranging from fruit toppings, granola, chunky monkey - a personal favorite of Augsberger which consists of chocolate chips, walnuts, bananas and whipped cream, peanut butter cup and chocolate chip, just to name a few. For the best of both worlds, the ultimate mini combo is the way to go.
"If you can't decide, you can have it all," said Augsberger.
Hotcakes and French toast are also available. New to the menu are lattes and cappuccinos for an alternative to coffee.
Although it's called "Augie's Omelette and Waffle House," the restaurant has many more options than eggs, waffles and breakfast.
For lunch, huge salads, burgers, wraps and hot sandwiches are prepared. Augie's offers healthier options and bulkier choices for those with a big appetite. One of the most popular lunch specials is the sweet and spicy chicken wrap that combines two different tastes to make one delicious meal.
Augsberger also does catering and prepares buffet-style meals for Powerhouse Studios, a kids entertainment event that takes place in the expanded dining room inside the restaurant. The big dining room is perfect for private functions and parties. Augie's also has takeout, including party trays, for those who want their food on the go.
Augie's Omelette and Waffle House is open every day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.