Staying Hydrated in the Summer

Phew! It’s starting to heat up. After a gorgeous spring, the Arizona summer is coming on strong. And with that seasonal heat comes a new need for smart ways to stay hydrated. Of course we all know that we need to drink water – approximately 1 ounce for every pound of weight, actually. But we can also eat our way to staying hydrated too! Summer fruits and veggies are full of healthy nutrients, but they are also a high percentage of water, making them not only delicious but hydrating too.


At nearly 91% water, strawberries are a delicious way to eat your hydration! In addition, these sweet treats are a good source of Vitamin C. Summer is their peak season so it’s the perfect time to include some in every meal. At T.C. Eggington’s, we love strawberries so much, they’re in 3 of our smoothies! Try our Strawberry Patch, Blueberry Blast, or Strawberry Banana smoothie. Or if you’re in the mood for something to boost your hydration and please your pallet, a stack of our famous pancakes piled high with sliced strawberries and whipped cream should do the trick!

Summer Veggies

It’s not just fruit that will keep your hydration levels high this summer, but summertime vegetables will too! Mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers and spinach all boast a 90%+ water content. Enjoying a delicious serving of these savory snacks will not only fill you up, but keep you hydrated too. But the delicious veggies aren’t just for lunch or dinner. Our English Harvest Omelette has all of these hydrating gems, along with cheddar cheese, all saute’d to perfection and folded into an omelette.


We should all know that watermelon is great for keeping us hydrated – it’s right there in the name! But cantaloupe and honeydew are 90% water and big contenders in the hydration category. We love pairing these sweet fruit favorites with savory dishes. Our Tuna, Apple-Walnut Salad combines salty tuna fish with tart apple chunks and is served in a wedge of honeydew melon. Talk about a satisfying and refreshing summer lunch!

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What to Do in Mesa This Summer

Summer is just around the corner! In just a few weeks, school will be out, the thermometer will be consistently over 100 degrees and our calendars will be ready for some summer fun. There’s nothing we love more than supporting our community by feeding our patrons as they head out for some local fun. We’ve compiled a few fun events to put on your calendar, and be sure to stop in and see us – before or after!

Golfland Sunsplash Water Park

A true Mesa staple! Get ready for some cool indoor and wet outdoor fun. Whether you’re cooling off in the arcade or in the wave pool, Golfland Sunsplash has something for everyone. Thursday, May 23rd is the official opening day for Sunsplash for the season. And starting June 1st, Night Splash opens! Enjoy the cool water without the sunscreen until 10pm. And if you want to get in some putt putt golf, the course is open until midnight!

Mesa Farmers and Flea Market

It’s rare to find farmers markets in the summer in Arizona – but Mesa has you covered! Open every Saturday from 7am to 11am at Pioneer Park, the Mesa Farmers and Flea Market works to support local farmers and businesses by creating a venue for them to sell their products. Enjoy live music, a splash pad, and lots of amazing local vendors!

Mesa Center for the Arts

Need some indoor fun? Look no further than the Mesa Center for the Arts. Enjoy exhibits, performances, camps and classes for adults and children a like! Visit the museum or sign up for a class – there are so many options whether you’re looking for just a few hours of entertainment or several weeks worth.

Movies On Main

The City of Mesa offers FREE movies on Main Street! Bring your chairs and enjoy family favorites like The Incredibles and Wreck It Ralph. There are also art walks, street performers and more! Check out the Mesa City calendar to find an event just right for you.

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Everything About our Famous House Jelly

At T.C. Eggington’s, we’ve used the same delicious, handcrafted jelly since the day we opened our doors more than 30 years ago. We purchase our jelly from E. Waldo Ward & Son in Sierra Madre, California. This family owned business has made coveted confections for decades and is still run by the descendants of Edwin Waldo Ward today. We’re excited to tell you about our favorite varieties along with some conventional and also some inventive ways to enjoy these delicious jellies. 

E. Waldo Ward & Son

Since 1891, E. Waldo Ward & Son has created hand crafted jams, jellies, preserves and more. And while their product offerings and sales methods have changed from a few jam varieties sold out of the back of a truck, to thousands of products sold worldwide, the heart of the company hasn’t changed in more than 120 years! Family owned, E. Waldo Ward & Son still uses their tried and true, old world techniques to produce a product that just can’t be found anywhere else.

Choosing Our Favorites

After sampling all the delicious jelly and jam varieties that E. Waldo Ward & Son had to offer, we settled on our favorites; blackberry, strawberry, and apple cinnamon. Each assortment offers a distinct and delectable flavor and are carefully crafted leaving only amazing flavor, not a pile of seeds to chew through!

Our jellies are perfect for the quintessential breakfast – they are amazing on the usual morning fair of English muffins, toast, PB&J’s, and our famous bran muffins. But they can be used in surprising ways too! One of our regular customers shared her recipe for iced tea sweetened with our delicious jellies. It’s a fun addition to a favorite staple. When you’re ready to try it out, we sell our famous jelly right in the restaurant!

Here is our take on the recipe, with our own Arizona twist:

Strawberry Sun Tea

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 3-5 hours + cooling time

1.Using a glass container or pitcher, fill to desired level with filtered water.

2.Add tea bags according to ounces of water (i.e. one tea bag per 8 ounces). Black tea or green tea works best.

3.Cover the top of the container and place in the sun. A sunny window will work too, as long as it will be hot for several hours.

4.As the sun heats the water, the tea will steep. Depending on the temperature outside, the tea will take roughly 3-5 hours to steep. The hotter, the faster!

5.With the tea still hot, remove tea bags and add in T.C. Eggington’s strawberry jelly. We recommend 1 tablespoon per 16 ounces. Add more or less depending on your preference.

6.Stir well and place in the refrigerator to cool.

7.Once cooled, pour over ice and enjoy. Adding a splash of soda water or a sprig of mint makes this delicious drink even more refreshing during the hot summer!

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The T.C. Eggington’s Philosophy

Our Philosophy is Simple…

Since opening our doors in 1985, our philosophy has been the same; our customer is the most important part of our business. We strive for each patron we serve to be treated like a guest would be in our home; feeling welcomed and appreciated while they enjoy a delicious meal that we’ve made just for them.  Our warm and friendly environment, coupled with amazing food creates an enjoyable experience for all our guests!

We’re One Big Family

At T.C. Eggington’s, we pride ourselves on being hands on. Each our our employees is trained by our owners, Thom and Kathy. Many of our staff has been with the restaurant for years – some even decades. Our head chef, David Rodriquez, has been with T.C. Eggington’s for over 30 years! This history coupled with our philosophy of having a welcoming, home-like feel to our restaurant, has made our employees feel like family. And as this big, unconventional, restaurant family, we want our guests to feel like they are part of the tribe.

Our Food

While welcoming and treating our guests with the highest standards is important, so is feeding them amazing food! Our menu consists of family recipes, parlour creations and fresh spins on original favorites. Every item is made to order and from scratch. We offer a variety of house staples, such as our famous bran muffins slathered in one of our homemade jellies, seasonal soup of the day, and fresh-off-the-griddle pancakes. And speaking of jelly, our handcrafted creations come in blackberry, strawberry and apple cinnamon. We serve it generously with any dish, but we think it’s heavenly on our warm English muffins.

Giving Back

In addition to making our customers feel as important as they are to us, we also work to help our community. T.C. Eggington’s is a long time supporter of Team Taylor, a grassroots fundraiser in memory of Taylor, who was lost to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 2010. In addition, because food is what we do best, T.C. Eggington’s provides soup for over 250 homeless through Paz de Cristo. We enjoy supporting regional schools, and other local businesses like Hickman’s Family Farms where we serve “Breakfast for Dinner”, benefiting the Arizona’s Children Association. And we always have our finger on the pulse of what’s happening in our city, Mesa! We enjoy having percentage brunches for regional charities and schools where they receive a percentage of the event’s sales for their fundraiser. Not to mention we always love having menu specials and hosting our customers for local events and seasonal happenings.

mustard yellow block with white letters we want our customers to feel comfortable and as if each and every person is a guest in our home
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