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 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:
When Kitchen 713 closed its location on Canal Street, we knew it wouldn’t be long before they were back in business serving up their take on Southern-Asian cuisine. Now in a much larger space, Kitchen 713 owners Ross Coleman and James Haywood can now do more of what they love. In addition to their new digs, they are also serving alcohol which was one missing element from their last spot. A stop by for brunch would bring back memories from the last time we visited. Hearty portions full of flavor that not only satisfy your cravings for Southern cuisine, but also highlight how deeply their dishes are influenced by other regions.
Take the Bacon Eggs & Rice where three large slices of tender smoked pork belly are placed meticulously on a bed of eggs, koshihikari rice, pickled asparagus, tempura beads, and blended with a rich pork broth. Other recommendations are the Chicken Fried Duck Breakfast Sandwich and the Pecan Pie French Toast. And we can’t forget Urban Girl’s personal favorite, the 713 Biscuit & Gravy. Instead of merely placing crumbled pieces of sausage inside the gravy, they create a “stack” resembling an over-the-top inside-out biscuit sandwich that is doused with creamy tasso gravy and crispy fried onions. Can we say amen.
Eloise Nichols Grill + Liquors
Eloise Nichols Grill + Liquors is stunning and an ideal spot for brunch. And even though it is located in River Oaks (and near Highland Village) it is not pretentious by any means. The bar invites you in to have a drink or two and the ambiance will be the reason you stay a bit longer. Brunch serves up classics but takes it a few steps further by combining a little of the traditional, with an even amount of Southern, and a sprinkle of Gulf coastal cuisine. For starters, order a selection of their daily house muffins – the muffins are great but the house butter is fantastic! The Chorizo & Avocado Omelette was really a surprise; the salso rojo most likely sealed the deal. And since Urban Girl is partial to Biscuits & Gravy, their version comes with a buttermilk biscuit, house chorizo and enough gravy to feed a family of four. Just the way she likes it.
SaltAir definitely knows how to create a delicious menu and we love them for it. So when they added lunch and brunch back in September we knew they were on to something. Think dishes like Lobster BLT, Crab Cake Benedict, and a Smoked Salmon Plate just to name a few of our faves. If you are feeling super SWANKY and wondering, “what would Urban Swank do?!”, then you will also grab that lunch menu and order a few dishes from that one too. Our suggestions are the Lobster Roll and our personal favorite, the Tuna Poke.
There you have it! So what are you waiting for? Go get SWANKED and full of some delicious bites!