When I was a little girl, one of the most special things I got to do with my hard-working father was go out with him for breakfast. We lived over 30 minutes from my grade school, so most mornings I was on the school bus bright and early. But once every now and then, my dad would get me out of bed before the sun was up to take me to a restaurant called the Melrose Inn. The Melrose Inn was in a rural part of Kentucky where the regulars would come to have their coffee poured the second they sat down and breakfast served just the way they liked it. From the first time I saw one of the patrons eating sunny side up eggs there I wanted to try it and it immediately became a dish I loved. The egg whites were firm with the yolks only partially cooked so I could take the toast they were served with to soak up the golden yolk that would ooze out. It was always an unbelievably delicious and special treat for me.

Now cut to many, MANY years later and I have my own little guy to share breakfast with. Kenya loves reading the “David” series of books by David Shannon, the most well known of them being “No, David”, which is actually what Kenya calls the main character. David is a mischievous little boy who does all sorts of naughty things and is always getting caught and being told some variation of, yes you guessed it, “No David!”. In one part of “David Gets in Trouble”, David is sitting defiantly at the kitchen table refusing to eat fried eggs. I had never made fried eggs for Kenya before and so he was transfixed by the two white circles with yellow centers on David’s plate. For weeks Kenya begged me to make for him what David was eating. I thought Kenya might be a little too young to enjoy what seemed to me like a slightly more mature dish — and I could only imagine that sooner or later, Kenya would refuse to eat them like David — but low and behold I was wrong. When I finally made sunny side up eggs for Kenya one morning, I recounted the story of his grandfather taking mommy out on special occasions for the same breakfast. Watching Kenya devour them, I experienced the same pleasure that I used to feel eating fried eggs with my dad. Now, whenever Kenya asks me for “No David” Eggs for breakfast, nothing makes me happier than to answer, “yes, Kenya”.


"No David" Eggs

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Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes


  • 1 Tsp vegetable, canola oil or butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • kosher salt and/or pepper
  • 2 Slices of Whole Wheat Bread, toasted



    Sodium: 200mg | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 2g | Calories: 110kcal | Fat: 3g | Protein: 8g | Carbohydrates: 13g
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    About the Author

    Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


    1. Obviously the gluten free label is meant for the Eggs. If you are Gluten free and need someone to specify that you would use a gluten free bread for your toast instead of wheat then there are bigger issues here than a label on a recipe.

    2. All four of my kids LOVE sunny side up eggs. My husband has been teaching my older two how to make them. My 11 year old has now “perfected” the sunny side up egg! He loves to sneak down early in the morning and make some for us!

    3. My 3 year old will only eat fried eggs. No scrambled at all. & they have to be runny. It amazes me cause I really dislike fried eggs.

    4. We love runny egg yolks. One of my childrens’ favorite requests growing up was ‘egg squeeze’ sandwiches (sunny side up eggs between toasted bread)! When they bit into it the yolk would squeeze/burst and run. It was so fun for them and they wiped up the runny yolk with the parts of bread that didn’t have yolk in it. Try adding a couple drops of ketchup to the yolk..delicious!

    5. So cute! I love your story! My daughter loves the No David book too! I will have to get her that one. She only has one and adores it! My girls love eggs for breakfast too. Made the egg in the hole today. Thank you for sharing your tasty recipes, you are an inspiration!

    6. Hadn’t thought about the Melrose Inn in years! Great memory and great breakfasts! Love the weekly menu planner – going to use a lot of it this week. Thanks!

    7. I was/am a fairly picky eater but I grew up eating over-easy eggs. My dad would cut toast into “fingers” and we would dip them into the yolks. So that’s my favorite way to eat eggs!
      I started my daughter on them as soon as she was old enough to eat yolk (I ate her whites until she was old enough for those too.) She LOVES her “dipping eggs” and asks for them all the time!
      Kids love to dip, and it makes their food more fun and interactive. So that was a great way to introduce this kind of texture to them. If I had to eat an over-easy egg without toast, I couldn’t do it. Barf. But eating the slimy yolk on toast? YUM!

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