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Randolph breakfast pop-up serves up vegetarian egg sandwiches with Haitian flare – Enterprise News

RANDOLPH — Breakfast Ninjas pop-up restaurant is changing how people view that essential morning meal with a diverse menu of egg sandwiches with onion jam, traditional Haitian spaghetti and creole shrimp and grits. 
As their temporary weekend spot, Breakfast Ninjas sets up camp at Gourmet Kitchen at 1179 N. Main St., Randolph. 
Sunday, Nov. 14, was their first day in business in Randolph and was very successful, said Steeve Louis-Charles, part-owner of Breakfast Ninjas. 
The pop-up first opened in March in Chinatown in Boston and only sandwiches were sold. The menu has expanded a great deal since March. 
“Due to the success of opening day at Gourmet Kitchen, we will continue the pop-up on weekends through the winter. We also plan to host an event called “Ninjas at night” catering Haitian food,” Louis-Charles said. 
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The pop-up does not have a permanent home currently but is looking for a storefront in Brockton or the surrounding area.  
Louis-Charles, who lives in Stoughton, said many of his supporting customers are from Brockton, and if there were a place available, he would jump on it. 
Some of the signature dishes include farm-fresh egg sandwiches on a toasted brioche bun, chicken and cornbread waffle sandwiches and an eight-ounce Wagyu burger. 
Customers come in and say the shrimp and grits remind them of their Southern grandmother’s cooking, Louis-Charles said.
The unique aspect of this compliment is what made the team consider making shrimp and grits a permanent menu item. Before, it was a special, but customers asked for it so frequently they decided to add it to the menu as one of the star players. 
Another new item added to the menu is avocado toast. In Haiti, avocados grow wildl everywhere, and people eat them with bread as a simple snack, but in America, it’s a super popular breakfast food, Louis-Charles said. 
Breakfast Ninjas pride themselves on creating almost everything from scratch, including their famous onion jam and sauces with a bit of heat. 
“We stay away from premade things. We try to be consistent with recipes and never cut corners because it drops the quality of the food. We want our customers to love and enjoy what they’re eating,” Louis-Charles said.
As the world is changing and people are becoming more health-conscious, there should be restaurants to accommodate them, Louis-Charles said.
So with that being said, the pop-up introduced Beyond Meat, a vegetable-based vegan meat substitute. 
Breakfast Ninjas hopes to expand its menu with more plant-based options and more Haitian cuisine.  
The end goal is to open their first location soon and then one day branch out into a franchise with hundreds of restaurants all over America.
“I want the restaurant to be a place where people look forward to going with friendly staff, good music and even better food,” Louis-Charles said.
“We want other people in our community who resemble us to feel inspired when they come in.” 
Enterprise staff reporter  Alisha Saint-Ciel can be reached by email at stciela@gannett.com You can follow her on Twitter at @alishaspeakss. Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Enterprise today.

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