What’s not to love about breakfast? Crisp avocado toast and coffee with a friend. Pancakes slathered with butter and syrup with the kids. Or brunch and a mimosa with the girls–there’s no wrong way, or time of day, to do breakfast. And the new Yolkizz Cafe in Edmond, owned by James and Shandi Kuo, serves up comforting classics and tasty newcomers to wake up your taste buds. Having grown up in Asia, Shandi recalls how much her family loved American breakfasts. “Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It’s a chance for the family to gather before everyone gets busy,” Shandi says. “Food brings people together, and we love serving great food and seeing that happen.”
James and Shandi met each other during their college years. James graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma and Shandi earned her master’s degree from Oklahoma Christian University. In 2016, James opened Tao Cha Cafe in Edmond, a Taiwanese/Chinese restaurant. Shandi worked in e-commerce for 11 years and as a server in different restaurants, where she also came to love the atmosphere and energy of the restaurant industry. “Two years ago, I had my son, and when my husband suffered with medical issues, I took care of his restaurant,” Shandi recollects. Soon after, Shandi was inspired to own her own restaurant and show her son the value of hard work and the spirit of never giving up when pursuing your dreams. In May 2023, Shandi’s vision came to life with the opening of Yolkizz Cafe.
But First, Breakfast
Yolkizz’ menu features breakfast favorites like the popular Berries & Cream French Toast, Avocado Toast, and Extravaganza Omelette. Another go-to is the Huevos Rancheros with a homemade pork green chili that takes it over the top. “We hand-crack all of our eggs,” Shandi comments. “I also hand-pick all the
fruit myself at the market, and now that I’m a mom, all the kids’ meals come with fresh fruit.” The Cinnamon Pecan Rolls with homemade cream cheese icing are always a hit and everyone loves the signature homemade sausage gravy. Vegan and gluten-free breakfasts are available too, and Neighbors Coffee and lattes are perfect to kickstart the day.
Let’s Do Lunch!
Open daily from 7 am-2 pm, Yolkizz’ bright and bustling cafe also treats hungry visitors to great lunch options like the Grilled Pork Chop and BLTA with avocado. No cafe is complete without meatloaf, and the one at Yolkizz makes every other meatloaf jealous! Everything is made from scratch and topped with that craveable classic ketchup sauce. They also offer a variety of burgers, sandwiches, soups and desserts. And in this world, the gooey, delicious cinnamon roll counts as a dessert any time of day, as it should!
On the Go
Yolkizz–a play on the words “yolks” and “fizz”–is a fun spot to sip a Bellini or Bloody Mary with your favorite scramble or toast, and is also great for catering and to-go orders. French Toast Bites and Hashbrown Bites are perfect on-the-go goodies. Paired with a steamy platter of fluffy scrambled eggs and a tray of chicken and waffles, it’s a party! Not only is Yolkizz’ homestyle comfort food appealing, but the friendly mood and hospitality are equally warm and inviting. “Our staff is like family and our customers are friends,” Shandi says with a smile. “We love Edmond people. That’s why we have two restaurants in Edmond, because we love it here so much.”
Visit 737 W. Danforth Rd., Sun.-Sat. 7 am-2 pm, or online at yolkizzcafe.com.