Charlie's Cafe and the Giant Scrapple Omelet

Posted by Adam Gerard

February 4, 2012 at 8:39 AM

charlies cafe omeletCharlie's Cafe in Norfolk, VA is amazing, mostly thanks to their omelets. Basically they take 3 eggs and whip them up in a blender, then cook it up on the griddle with options for all kinds of ingredients. The end result? The biggest, fluffiest, greasiest, most delicious omelet you will ever have.

So when I saw they had scrapple on the menu as a side dish, I knew what had to be done.

Me: Can I get an omelet with scrapple in it?
Waiter: What?
Me: An omelet with American cheese and scrapple inside.
Waiter: [looking at the cook; looking back at me] I...I guess so.

Somehow I was the first person to come up with this creation. What seemed so obvious to me was a unique creation to the omelet masters. ::shake my head::

My friends and I chatted as our meals were cooked. I'm sure they made excellent conversation, but I was lost in the anticipation for a giant, greasy scrapple omelet!

Then it arrived. I had envisioned scrapple being cooked on the griddle, then getting chopped up into little pieces to be placed in the omelet with cheese. Instead, being Charlie's Cafe's first attempt at a scrapple omelet, they just cooked a slab of scrapple, melted cheese on it and placed it all as one piece in the omelet.

It was nothing short of amazing to see. My eyes widened and my stomach did a back flip.

But about halfway through, I had to come clean with myself: As perfect of an omelet as this sounds to a scrapple fan, it was maybe kinda just a little too much scrapple.


Have you ever had a wonderful scrapple omelet? Did you make it yourself or get it out at a diner? Tell us about it in the comments.

Topics: scrapple stories, scrapple omelet

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You take the pig and make bacon, ham, pork and so on. What do you do with all the left over pig scraps? You boil 'em, chop 'em up and turn them all into a mush. That mush is combined with some pork stock and grains and then allowed to thicken into a loaf. You typically slice off about a 1/4" piece of the loaf and cook it in a pan so it's crispy on both sides. And that, my friends, is scrapple. Watch this 5-minute video presentation for a bit more scrapple detail.

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