T.C. Eggington’s; Our Foundation

We loved getting to highlight some of our employees in our last post! Now we’re excited to introduce you to Thom and Kathy, the owners and founders of T.C. Eggington’s and to tell you about some of the history of this delicious establishment.

The Beginning

In the summer of 1984, Thom was a senior manager with the Chart House Corporation, traveling Monday through Friday across the country to the various restaurant concepts. The family was living in Phoenix and were expecting a corporate transfer to the South East. Parents to Ashlee and expecting Kyndal, Thom and Kathy were not looking forward to uprooting their growing family. Instead, they opted to take an opportunity presented by Kathy’s then employer; stay in Arizona – with their extended family – and start their own restaurant. The pair jumped at the opportunity. And so, T.C. Eggington’s was born. The restaurant had to be built from the ground up and Thom managed much of the work himself, with help from his good friend John. Thom created the menu items and the two completed the majority of the construction on site. Kathy designed the interior and organized the back office. Their collective hard work paid off with T.C. Eggington’s doors opening to the public in November 1985.

A Family Affair

Thom ran the day to day business at the restaurant while Kathy continued to work with the restaurant’s financier until a tragic turn of events changed everything. Thom and Kathy’s friend and partner, John, was killed in a car accident. His loss echoed throughout the restaurant as there was little of it he hadn’t help build. At that point, it was clear that the restaurant would need to include the whole family and Kathy joined T.C. Eggington’s full time. Thom and Kathy’s daughters grew up in a highchair in the back office while Kathy managed payroll, or playing restaurant after hours while Thom and Kathy worked.

The family’s hard work paid off. Ten years after opening their doors, the only complaint from customers was how long it took to get a table. The restaurant was so popular, the average wait time was over an hour! While contemplating their next move, the retail space next door became available and they were able to expand, almost doubling in size. Today, the staff is comprised of original employees, 20+ year employees, family and friends of past employees, and family members of Thom and Kathy’s. Thom and Kathy attribute the longevity of their staff to treating everyone like a family member – and everyone will tell you that they are one, BIG, happy family!

Fun Facts

Our name is a play on Thom’s initials TC. “Eggingtons” was added with the suggestion of a friend…after a few glasses of wine!

Our manager, Ivars, was a long time customer of T.C. Egginton’s. He is the previous manager of The Roaring Fork and when he heard we were looking for a new manager, he jumped at the opportunity.

Four current employees had a parent who previously worked at the restaurant.

One of our cooks, Aldo, has been with us since our doors opened and our pastry / prep chef, Lettie, just celebrated 29 years with T.C. Eggington’s.

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Happy Holidays from the T.C. Eggington’s Family to Yours!

Happy holidays! This time of year always makes us think about what we’re grateful for, and family is always at the top of the list. But our family is unique. We have not only our family, Thom, Kathy, Ashlee and Kyndal, but our T.C. Eggington’s family too which includes both long time employees and our customers as well.

From Our Kitchen

Four of our kitchen staff have each been with us for 30+ years! We’ve had the pleasure of watching Head Chef David Rodriguez grow from a young man to meeting his now wife and welcoming four children. His three sons and son-in-law all now work at T.C. Eggington’s as well. John “Aldo” Lemke was with us when we opened our doors 34 years ago and is still with us as a cook today, his two children have also worked for us! We’ve had the pleasure of watching Eduardo Escobar as he has risen through the ranks from dishwasher to cook, and then took over as Head Chef at a sister business, NCounter (now Daily Jam). Even as Head Chef, he still comes back periodically to help out! Our Head Prep and Pastry Chef, Leticia Ramirez ,has been hard at work for nearly 29 years.

To Our Dining Room

Speaking of our staff, Brandi Maples is our head waitress who has been with us since 2010, and during her college career before that. She is responsible for managing and training the wait staff – we’d be lost without her! Steve Matson started as a bus boy when he played football at Marcos De Niza, 22 years ago. He and Thom always had a bet for the annual football game between Marcos De Niza and rival Corona del Sol (Thom’s daughter’s high school). Loser had to wear the opposing team’s jersey to work the next morning and nothing delighted Steve more than seeing Thom in a Marcos jersey!

And Our Owners

And we couldn’t talk about family without highlighting our founders, Thom and Kathy! These two are daily fixtures at T.C. Eggington’s – there’s a good chance Thom will be the person to seat you. In addition, he’s still instrumental in hiring and training – while Kathy handles the back office including everything from accounting to insurance.

Beyond our staff, we consider all of our customers to be family too. We want everyone who dines with us to feel not just welcome, but at home. We strive to make sure that each guest feels welcomed and is served a meal that we’ve made just for them. So come grab a quick bite, or stay and enjoy – we’re always happy to see family at T.C. Eggington’s.

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Let T.C. Eggington’s Help You Celebrate Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving falls on November 28th, 2019 and we are ready to help you celebrate. We will be closed so that our work family can enjoy the holiday with their families…but! Don’t worry, we have you covered on some pick up items for your Thanksgiving table, as well as some fun to bring home to your family.

What to Do

The day before Thanksgiving is historically one of the busiest travel days of the year. Which means out of town guests may be arriving to you sooner rather than later. If you are hosting the Thanksgiving meal, cooking for a house full of guests may not be high on your priority list. Let T.C. Eggington’s help! Bring your friends and family in for breakfast or lunch. Enjoy our seasonal pumpkin or apple jack pancakes with a hot pumpkin latte sprinkled with cinnamon. For lunch a our pumpkin soup is out of this world – not to mention our home made pumpkin pie (it’s the holidays – eat pie with lunch!).

Need to know what’s happening around town? Click on over to the City of Mesa’s events calendar to find some local fun for your out-of-town guests.

Let T.C. Eggington’s Help

You have enough on your plate hosting Thanksgiving, let us help! Take home one of our Pumpkin or Chocolate Chip Walnut pies for your family table, or to bring with you and surprise your host. We also offer order ahead quiche to serve Thanksgiving morning – or the morning after Thanksgiving with a slice of left over pie and coffee. We offer traditional Quiche Lorraine with bacon, ham, mushroom and onion. Also spinach, bacon, avocado, or our decadent broccoli crab quiche!

Make It Fun

Need something to get everyone talking? Bring these fun conversation starters to the table and get to know your friends and family better:

  1. What are you most thankful for this year?
  2. If you won 1 million dollars, what is the first thing you would do?
  3. What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
  4. How did you celebrate Thanksgiving when you were a child?
  5. If you could have one super power, what would you choose?
  6. What is your hidden talent?
  7. What is your go-to karaoke song?
  8. If you could thank 1 person – living or passed – for their influence in your life, who would it be and why?
  9. What is your funniest Thanksgiving memory?
  10. Have you ever been told you look like someone famous? If so, who?
  11. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
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T.C. Eggington’s and Hickman’s Family Farms

There are duos that just belong together; peanut butter and jelly, cookies and milk, bacon and eggs. T.C. Eggington’s and Hickman’s Family Farms are just another example of two things that belong together. Because what else does a top notch, family owned restaurant need but a first class, family owned egg farm to supply their namesake food? T.C. Eggington’s has been a customer of Hickman’s Family Farms since T.C. Eggington’s opened their doors in 1985. The two Arizona grown family businesses have not only a successful business relationship, but have fostered a great friendship as well.

Sharman Hickman, part of the current Hickman generation, reminisced about her time spent with T.C. Eggington’s owners, Thom and Kathy. “I have the custom made skillet from the T.C. Eggington’s 30th anniversary party hanging in my office!” Sharman shared.

Sharman has delivered eggs personally to T.C. Eggington’s over the years. She said that Thom has always insisted on only the freshest eggs, no matter what it took. And it sometimes took a 3am drive from her home in North Central, to the farm in Buckeye, straight to T.C. Eggington’s in Mesa. With nearly 8,000 eggs ordered a week, this was no small feat! While this early morning task was sometimes taxing, Sharman always appreciated how important it was to Thom that he served only the best to his customers.

In addition to having a business relationship, T.C. Eggington’s and Hickman’s Family Farms has also partnered to help our community. Together they “hatched” the idea for the PJ’s & Eggs fundraiser benefiting the Arizona Children’s Foundation which supplies foster children with much needed comfort during difficult transitions. Customers of T.C. Eggington’s were asked to come dine and donate new children’s pajamas, which were then provided to foster children who often arrive at their foster home with only the clothes on their backs. Sharman Hickman has been present at the event many times as “Funky” the Chicken – a full size costume of the Hickman’s logo.

Founded in 1944, Hickman’s Family Farms is currently under the third generation’s care with the fourth generation being groomed for the future of the business. As the Hickman family has grown, so has their business and their plans for the future. Currently, Hickman’s is collecting recycled plastic from the City of Phoenix to create their egg cartons – an efficiently responsible step towards a green future. There is also an emphasis on continuing to move the company in a green direction by investing in research and development of cage free and grass fed eggs, increased humane conditions for animals, and community outreach through charity work and prison worker programs. This program offers job skills and references for inmates at local prisons to assist in breaking the cycle of re-offending by offering them a job skill that can be put to use after release.

Not much has changed in the 34 year relationship; T.C. Eggington’s is still a proud customer of Hickman’s Family Farms…and Thom still insists on the freshest eggs available. The only thing that has changed is who is delivering those fresh eggs at the crack of dawn.

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Fall into the Season

We always like to think of fall in Arizona the way that the East coast thinks of spring; we can finally be outdoors again! All our the delicious fall favorite product has been ripening all summer and we are ready to get them into our menu favorites. Come enjoy the best of the fall season flavors in our favorite breakfast and lunch menu items – and our patio is open too because we think everything tastes better dining outdoors.

Our fresh apple and orange juice are served cold and pair perfectly with our famous Apple Cinnamon Jelly slathered over our fluffy English muffins or house made bran muffins. If you need something warm to get into the season, our spiced oatmeal served with cinnamon, raisins and milk is sure to fill you up with a hearty favorite and delight your senses too. Lastly, our Apple Jack griddle cake is filled with sweet apples and topped
with crunchy pecans and fluffy whipped cream.

For lunch, our Natie Bomb sandwich is filled with seasonal goodness! Turkey, bacon, apple slices and caramelized onions combine all the deliciousness of fall. Our Sir Edgar Reuben is a menu staple featuring fall classics corned beef over sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and topped with griddled pumpernickel bread.

And don’t forget about something delicious to sip on! Our spiced tea selections, coffee, and lattes are sure to warm you and your spirits. Our hot chocolate is perfect for our young guests, and those feeling young too!

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Back to School Breakfast

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over! Soon school buses will be back on the road, sports will be in full swing and the daily grind of the school year will be here. So in all of this busy time, how can a family stay connected? There have been numerous studies about the benefits of family dinners, but with sports and activity schedules, that can be rough to pull off. We’re here to offer a solution – family breakfast at T.C. Eggington’s!

Check Your Schedules

In order to make sure that you get to make the most of your time together, start by comparing schedules to find a day that makes sense for everyone so that you’re not rushed – or at least less rushed!

Make the Most of Your Time

One of the benefits of dinner together is to talk about the highs and lows of the day. Making time to talk about the good and bad parts are a great way to bond and spend time together. But what do you talk about if the day hasn’t happened yet? Start by talking about what each of you has going on during the week. What you’re looking forward to and what you’re nervous about. Out of ideas? Even something as simple as sharing about what your favorite part of your meal is can start a conversation.


Even the best planned mornings can be hectic. If things don’t go as planned, try to take it in stride. Make the best of the time you have with which ever family members are able to join. Regroup to find a better time or day to try again until you get the perfect schedule to enjoy some quality time together.

Need Some Conversation Starters?

  • What are 3 things you LOVE to eat?
  • What are 3 foods you HATE?
  • What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
  • What is your earliest memory?
  • What makes you feel loved?
  • What motivates you?
  • Describe your life 10 years from now.
  • What is your dream job?
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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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