Being in the neighborhood this morning, and having read about the great food at Joan's on Third, I decided to go there for breakfast this morning. I first perused the shop and was quite impressed (overwhelmed!) by all the gourmet products and fresh take-out.
I went to the counter and ordered an omelet, asking as I always do that it be egg-white-only, please. The friendly girl working there apologized that "she" (this was referring to someone other than herself) only makes omelets with whole eggs. I think the implication was that egg white omelets don't taste as good. The girl tried to steer me to alternate menu items, but I was in the mood for eggs and besides that I think I was too shocked to stay.
This is the first restaurant I have EVER been in that has refused to make an omelet with egg whites or egg substitute. Have you encountered this anywhere else? I'm especially surprised in health-conscious L.A. (Just so you know I'm not being wilfully difficult, I have high cholesterol and therefore avoid whole eggs as much as possible.)
Also, do you know who was the "she" that the employee was referring to-- would that be Joan?
I don't think I'll be going back to Joan's, not even for the good-looking bakery items or cheese. A place with a "we don't do egg whites" attitude is a little too much for me.