I came with the Local Tourist for a brunch smorgasbord and left completely satisfied. The owner came over and explained that, although dinner is very popular, they are having a slow start to the brunch menu. After having eaten it, I can't understand why! I absolutely loved it. Everything is made in house using fresh ingredients. And you can tell!
The food was delicious. In order of yumminess, here's what I had:
-Tomato jam and farmers cheese crostini - you could really taste the quality of the fresh tomatoes. I'm a big fan of savory, so this was my fave.
-Smashed banana muffin with caramel, streusel and bourbon cream - yes, this was as good as it sounds
-Pecan sticky bun - I loved this, but it was so sweet it made my teeth hurt! If you have a sweet tooth, you'll be in heaven
-Yukon and caramelized onion hash - yes, this is a side, but I loved it
-Grilled country bread with homemade blueberry jam - typically I'm not a blueberry fan, but this was so delicious I went back for seconds
-Arugula & spinach salad - this was a refreshing intermezzo
-Creamy yellow polenta topped with poached egg- I have a shrimp allergy so I couldn't have the tiger shrimp. The polenta (their version of grits) was nice and creamy, but was kind of boring without the shrimp. I wish I could have had some chicken or something on top.
The drink pairings were thoughtful and delicious. I loved the Concord Aqua Fresca (non-alcoholic) and Sweet G cocktail (gin, St. Germaine and ginger). The Bloody Mary knocked my socks off (SPIIICY!) but you could taste the difference using fresh tomato juice. It was exciting to try the very small batch Goose Island bourbon county stout, but it was just not for me.
Service was great, the owner was really informative and passionate and the whole experience was lovely. I'd definitely come back!
kajackso, Fri, 12/14/2012 - 9:05am