The Broken Yolk in New London, Connecticut is everything that a local diner should be. My four years of college in New London gave me ample opportunity to visit The Broken Yolk many a time, and let me tell you, this place gets better with every meal. Run by the amazing and effervescent Doreen, who literally controls the entire diner while cooking every dish and chatting up each customer, The Broken Yolk is one of those places that most people think only exist on television.
Breakfast at The Broken Yolk is always entertaining, but during my recent visit to Connecticut for alumni weekend I had an especially wonderful experience. My friend Wells had decided to shoot his short film at the diner, and my friend Owen, the star of the short, and I accompanied him for breakfast before the work began. I have said it before and I’ll say it again: the company you keep at mealtime can have just as much effect on the experience as the food itself. At The Broken Yolk, the company is always good, and I had been looking forward to a delicious meal there from the moment I booked my flights.
Though I have many favorites on the menu, I wanted to give The Broken Yolk a chance to shine on AOAS, and so I ordered the stuffed croissant…a toasted croissant literally STUFFED with scrambled eggs, tomatoes, scallions, cream cheese, and smoked salmon, served with a side of home fries. First of all, I LOVE breakfast sandwiches. I had, for whatever reason, never really been exposed to breakfast sandwiches before I moved to the East Coast, and so I associate them with college and New England. Thus, a breakfast sandwich was all I wanted, and the stuffed croissant more than fit the bill. Scrambled eggs and cream cheese is another weakness of mine (especially when tabasco is added to the mix), and if you throw in smoked salmon, I am immediately sold. Therefore, I knew exactly what I was ordering the moment Owen told me that we were going to The Broken Yolk for breakfast.
I hadn’t had the stuffed croissant in a couple of years, but it most definitely lived up to my memories. The croissant is perfectly buttery and flaky, made even more so by the slight toasting. The eggs are scrambled exactly the way I like them: not underdone and runny, and not dry and overcooked. All in all, this sandwich is delicious. The only thing that would make it better would be avocado, but this is Connecticut folks, not Southern California (which I would constantly remind myself during my four years of college).
But in all seriousness, if you happen to find yourself in New London, CT, you really have to check this place out. Anything you eat will be delicious (may I recommend the huevos rancheros or the eggs in a window?) and Doreen will always show you a good time. The woman is truly one of a kind.