Breakfast Spots

A Western Omelet at Frank's Grill

The argument over the Western omelet has never been settled.

By Robb Walsh December 9, 2013

The Western omelet at Frank's Grill on Westheimer was a nostalgia rush. I can't remember the last time I had a Western, sometimes known as a "Denver" omelet. It's the green peppers, onions and ham cubes that make it a Western. I like mine with Tabasco on top and hash browns on the side.

Frank's Grill
12225 Westheimer

I wondered who invented the Western omelet, so I looked it up. Yow. If you think the origin stories of the hamburger or the Frito pie are contentious, take a look at the claims and counterclaims about who invented the Western omelet. Denver restaurateur Albert A. McVittie claims he invented the “Denver sandwich” in 1907. M. D. Looney claims he invented it in the same year. But both claims are unlikely since the "Denver sandwich" appears in print as early as 1903. 

The part of the story that most people seem to agree about is that the omelet was orginally a sandwich. Eggs with ham served on two slices of bread or toast were known as a "Western sandwich" in the cowboy era. James Beard opines that the name was changed from Western to Denver when the railroad reached Colorado.

"Best Breakfast in Town" is the slogan on the waitstaff T-shirts at Frank's Grill. I remember thinking of the Telephone Road location as the quintessential Houston breakfast spot. I still like the food there the best, but there are now seven convenient Frank's locations around town, so I seldom make it back to the old Telephone Road diner.

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