Who doesn't look forward to brunching each and every weekend? Well, if you are like us your love for brunch is probably neck and neck to your love for happy hour! In our new series, Brunch Famous, we wanted to take our admiration one step further. This "best of" list highlights what's great about some of our local brunch favorites. Whether it be a particular dish, cocktail, the ambiance, or even the way it makes you feel (because feelings are important)...all these spots are worthy of being "Brunch Famous" in one way or another:
Etta’s Kitchen Pop Brunch at Bar 5015
Prime for people watching and the ideal spot to grab a killer cocktail, Etta’s Kitchen Pop Up Brunch at Bar 5015 had been on my brunch radar for months. For one, Shakti Baum is manning the kitchen and serving up Southern classics like “your momma used to make” but with her own personal style. She is the executive chef and owner of Etta’s Kitchen where she hosts culinary classes like Saturday Brunch and Steak & Bourbon. But on Sundays, she is cooking up a storm at Bar 5015. Because of this, the crowds come early so I suggest you do the same!
To get in the spirit of brunch, skip the single glass and go for the carafe of Sangria, Blood Orange Mimosa or the Strawberry Froze; you’ll thank me after your second round. And because you’ll literally go crazy over her brunch options, do yourself a favor and bring your entire crew and just order one of everything. I highly recommend the Deep Dish Crab Quiche served with mixed greens and tomatoes. The giant slice of quiche is filled with luscious lumps of sweet crab, spinach, chives, and a blend of creamy Swiss and Gruyere cheese that together create a nutty yet sweet bite. The Oxtail & Grits is another special dish on the menu. Tender oxtails, creamy collard greens, and cheddar grits make this one a crowd favorite. It’s rich so take your time, and it’s okay if you lick the bowl clean.
Bosscat Kitchen + Libations
If brunch wasn’t already fun enough, in enters Bosscat Kitchen + Libations. Their brunch officially kicks off on April 30th but you know we had to scope it out in advance. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a menu like this. The “King” is a tribute to Elvis, of course, and comes with three “blue suede” pancakes layered with banana cream pudding, topped with a heaping (and very dreamy) maple peanut butter, and sprinkled with bacon. The Fruity Pebble French Toast is made with condensed milk glaze, bacon, and fresh berries, and is a dish you must try at least once. Up next, the Sticky Bun Breakfast Burger. The sweet and savory burger packed a hearty bite with Canadian bacon, a duck fat fried egg, and Gruyere cheese.
Although those dishes are quite extraordinary, I enjoyed the more “normal” options. The Chicken Fried Steak is the literally the size of a large cast iron skillet. The gumbo gravy sealed the deal on this one. Another favorite is the Short Rib Chilaquiles. Oh man was this perfection. Large pieces of corn tortillas, eggs, and chiles sat under an equal portion of cheese, sour cream, avocado, and a duck fat fried egg. Honey, I’m still dreaming about this.
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
I promise I have been trying to get into Snooze since the day it opened but the long lines deterred me initially. With Felice along for the adventure, we got up at the crack of dawn (okay, more like 7:30am) and headed their way. Although we still had a little wait, the food made it worth our while. Everything they do at Snooze forces you to rethink the way you brunch. And everything is tweaked just slightly transforming your favorite meal of the week from average to bananas!
Your average pot pie is given the Snooze treatment creating a delectable Breakfast Pot Pie made with a flaky puff pastry, topped with an egg your style, and smothered with homemade rosemary sausage gravy. Your average BLT is transformed into The B.E.A.T Sandwich. It’s gets a gracious layer of tender belly bacon, a fried cage free egg, organic arugula, tomato, and a spread of bacon-tomato aioli – all sandwiched between a toasted ciabatta roll. And let’s not forget the reason everyone goes to Snooze – and that is for the pancakes! Go Pineapple Upside Down, Sweet Potato, Lemon Poppy Seed, Blueberry Danish or their ever-changing Pancake of the Day.
Maggiano’s kicked off their brunch service recently and I was happy to get a sneak peek. I’ve been a fan of Maggiano’s for over a decade and still till this day when I visit I order the same, the Chicken & Spinach Manicotti. Now that brunch has arrived I can finally expand my choices. They have Benedicts (some traditional and some not-so-much like The Meatball Benedict) and classics like their Buttermilk Pancakes, Chicken & Waffles, and Frittatas.
But if I were to provide just a few recommendations I would have you start with their Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. The whipped cream, maple syrup, and blueberries make for a beautiful plate but the addition of the ricotta cheese makes for a fantastically dense and creamy rendition. You will also find the Cream Brulee French Toast to be a winner. What makes this dish really pop is their use of cranberry raisin focaccia bread. Need I say more?
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