I can’t wait for brunch! When hump day comes around that’s the first thought that enters my mind. My weekends always includes brunch and I can always find time to squeeze in a visit to an oldie but goodie, and even more fun, finding a new spot that I can’t wait to tell everyone about!

Now Riel Restaurant was already a favorite of mine, and if you got an opportunity to listen to What’s Eric Eating as Urban Swank (along with the other food loving co-hosts) dished on our 2017 faves, you would known that Riel was at the top of many lists. So it was a no brainier that I had to get there for brunch!

The brunch menu gets straight to the point and if you are only interested in the traditional breakfast staples of buttermilk pancakes, scrambled eggs, and a side of bacon, their options may not float your boat. However, if you are looking for something new, somewhere that executes every dish well, and gives you something a bit out of the ordinary (for brunch that is) Riel is all that and more.

Bread Basket at Riel Restaurant

Bread Basket

Now on to the food! First things first…the Bread Basket should be the first thing you order. Make sure you call dibs on the cinnamon roll because that will be gone quick! The cornbread is just like your grandmother makes it and the croissant needs no introduction. I could have come just for the basket and been one happy girl. But that’s not how I roll so…

Hanger Steak at Riel Retaurant

Hanger Steak

After enjoying a few bites of the Country Ham Donuts filled with Benton’s ham and a side of Comte fondue for generous dipping (you must try these), I opted for the Hanger Steak – a very flavorful take on “steak and eggs” that was exactly what my palate was craving. I will admit a side of grits would have upgraded this dish (for me) but even by itself, the dish held its own.

I can’t wait to go back to try the Crab Benedict and the Herbed Waffle (with Cane butter). I’m sure I’ll love them just the same! Did I mention how fantastically boozy their Old Fashioned is? I’m coming to believe Riel Restaurant can do no wrong.

Shanna Jones

Shanna is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food and travel.


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