For the first year in Happy Valley Restaurant Week, The Naked Egg Cafe cook Casey Hockenberry dreamed up the deep-fried deviled egg. It features the Southern flair the rest of the diner’s menu is known for, and adds a little extra pep with some subtle heat and a pickled jalapeno topper. It’s a fun and delicious dish, perfect for a first entry into the most delicious week of the year in Centre County.
In January, new owners David Welsch and Paula and Gary O’Korn took over the Naked Egg Cafe in Pine Grove Mills. Luckily for all of us, not much has changed — and that’s just how they wanted it. “The three of us pretty much worked here since it opened ten years ago,” said Welsh. “When original owner Hiya McKenna was ready to quit, I wasn’t. We wanted to keep it in a group of people who knew the business, and we didn’t want to mess with it.”
The cozy and welcoming diner just on the outskirts of State College is enough of a drive for those of us who don’t live in Pine Grove Mills to feel like we’ve discovered a hidden gem off the beaten path. But fans of the breakfast and lunch spot have long known the eclectic menu and friendly service can’t be beat.