Hungry? Get Crackin’ to the Broken Yolk

Author: Michelle Mears-Gerst

The Broken Yolk Café is steadily building a loyal fan base in Temecula Valley serving up one of the most important meals of the day: breakfast. The diner, which also serves lunch, has been a hungry San Diegan’s morning favorite since 1979 and over the past year residents in the Valley have been filling their bellies at the new location across from the Promenade in Temecula.  

The reputation of serving good food and equally good service for more than 35 years has opened the door for the friendly diner to franchise out and serve customers throughout southern California. Customers love the large menu, with ample portions and freshly made flavor. Real shredded hash browns – not dehydrated potatoes. Salsa made fresh daily – never from a can or jar.

“We like to say our portions are generous,” said co-owner of Broken Yolk Café in Temecula, Jenny Babb.

Jenny and her husband Oscar opened the Temecula location in October 2012. Both Jenny and Oscar started out waiting on customers at an entry-level position with the company. The two moved into management, met, started dating and married.

Seeking a stronger future for their future family the couple put in hard work and dedication to own a franchise of the Broken Yolk Café in Temecula.

The two budding entrepreneurs have gained a reputation in the Valley for being business and family friendly. Their café is bustling each morning with people having a quick breakfast before work, a coffee meeting with a client or business meetings in one of the private rooms.

“We can hold up to 60 people in one of our banquet rooms. The business community has embraced us because we don’t charge for a room rent we just require everyone orders a meal,” said Jenny.

The banquet rooms are quaint, allow for PowerPoint presentations and have large screen televisions.

The menu at Broken Yolk is loaded with options for breakfast and lunch. There is more than twenty different omelets to choose from plus a large variety of breakfast favorites including pancakes, waffles and French toast.

A favorite at the café is the Eggs Benedict, a dish served with two toasted English muffins topped with Canadian bacon and eggs blanketed in a homemade hollandaise sauce.

“We welcome our guests to customize their breakfast orders. The eggs benedict can also come with spinach, carne asada or avocado and turkey,” said Jenny.

Breakfast is served all day long. Early risers can enjoy 8 breakfast plates for $4.99 like the two eggs, two pancakes, and choice of two sausages or bacon. If it’s lunch you are craving, try a signature salad, juicy half-pound burger, or street taco plates.

The café is also known for its Iron Man Challenge. The Iron Man meal is made up of a dozen eggs with a variety of toppings, cheese and side dishes. A guest has an hour to finish the plate and if they succeed, the meal is free and their name and photo goes on the Wall of Fame in the café.

Adam Richman from the Travel Channel’s “Man vs. Food” is the only name on the wall and that was from the diner in San Diego.

“We have had many people try the challenge in Temecula, but no one has succeeded,” said Jenny.

Broken Yolk Café is located at 26495 Ynez Rd. Temecula, CA 92591. They can be reached at (855) 229-YOLK (9655). Their hours are everyday, 365 days a year, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit



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