179 A East 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Tucked away in the back of a Vons strip mall in Costa Mesa, lies the Chester Drawer's Omelette Parlor. I've heard about this place for years, but have never tried it. As fate would have it, due to circumstances out of my control, I recently found myself standing in front of the omelette parlor with time to kill.
Walking through the large wooden front door, you feel as if you're transported to some cute little country diner in the middle of "Farmtown USA". Milk cans line the walls and images of sun bathing pigs and boxing frogs are painted all around. The smell of country fried potatoes is enough to make you salivate as you follow the hostess to your table.
The menu or course focuses on omelettes, but there are many other homestlye meals to be had here. Biscuits and gravy, sausage, bacon, french toast and pancakes were all calling out to me. Sadly pancakes are not available on the weekends. I am told that this is because they get so crowded that there is not enough grill space for pancakes. The grill gets dominated by potatoes.
I was tempted to order biscuits and gravy($7.50) or a cheeseburger with peanut butter on it($6.95), but since this place claims to have the "best omelettes in the west", I decided to order the "South Coast's Finest" omelette($7.75). This omelette came with crispy bacon pieces, avocado and cheddar cheese. The omelette is served with homestyle potatoes, a whole grain english muffin and fresh fruit. The omelette was light and fluffy with plenty of filling. The bacon was really crispy. I'm not saying that was a bad thing, but be careful that you don't chip a tooth. The potatoes were kind of mushy, but not bad. The english muffin was smothered in butter. I didn't even touch my fruit. (Yes, I know if I was in a V8 commercial, someone would be smacking me in the forehead right now) So was this the best omelette in the west? Probably not. Was the omelette very good though? Absolutely. I look forward to returning to this place to try more of their items.