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Layla and the Bad Egg offers breakfast with a twist, including this boozy coffee drink

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Annie's coffee

Annie's Coffee from Layla and the Bad Egg. 

Q • I recently enjoyed breakfast at Layla and the Bad Egg in Webster Groves. I especially enjoyed the cocktail I had with my meal: Annie’s Coffee. Would it be possible to get the recipe? — Diane Allen, Maplewood

A • Jameson’s Irish whiskey, sweet brown sugar and bold coffee topped with whipped cream makes a great start to the day at Layla and the Bad Egg. General manager Jen Henkhaus gladly shared the recipe, and even suggested her favorite breakfast pairings for this coffee drink at the recently rebranded restaurant in Webster Groves.

The restaurant, which is in the space formerly occupied by Milagro, had opened as a second location of the much-loved Layla’s in the Grove featuring the popular burgers, shwarma and plates. The Webster location now serves breakfast and lunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as the Layla menu of sandwiches, appetizers and lunch plates. Guests can order from the both menus — breakfast at 2 p.m. or a burger at 9 a.m.? Layla and the Bad Egg serves both.

“We opened for breakfast and lunch in December 2021,” Henkhaus says. “The recipe featured today is from one of our servers, Annie. She and her sister came up with this coffee drink. We liked it, and put it on our menu.” When we asked what breakfast foods pair best with this coffee drink, Henkhaus had a few good suggestions.

“I love breakfast food, so that’s an interesting question. I would go with a savory dish because the drink has a little sweetness from the brown sugar. I’d order either the Abe Froman breakfast sandwich, or the Wakey Wakey,” she says. “The Froman is named after the Sausage King of Chicago in the movie ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.’” The sandwich is built on a freshly baked biscuit and features house-made sausage, a fried egg, spinach and Monterey jack cheese with honey sriracha and avocado spread. Wakey Wakey? That’s a classic breakfast plate.

You’ve probably guessed by now that Layla and the Bad Egg, whose name references the greedy youngest antagonist in the Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, isn’t an ordinary breakfast place.

Choose from skillets, biscuit sammies, breakfast entrees and more, including the Bad Egg Burger — a burger patty topped with a fried egg, bacon, Gouda and jam on a pretzel bun. There’s several vegetarian and vegan offerings, too, and a special kids menu as well.

Layla and the Bad Egg

20 Allen Ave, Suite 130, Webster Groves

314-395-6649; laylastl.com

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