|Front of the restaurant with chair/couch seating|
|Where we sat at the bar|
|INdustri Loaded Bloody|
Yes, that's a side plate for your fixins' enough said. One fantastic aspect is the grilled prawn. The bloody details: 24 oz, house INfused(roasted garlic, roasted red onion, roasted poblano, and horseradish) Rehorst vodka, pickled goodness, grilled prawn and wisconsin gouda. Rim was dusted with some special smokey rub/flavoring...tasted a hint of what I thought was nutmeg. A bit of spice that hit you in the back of the throat but did not cover up the overall flavor of the bloody mary.
Thoughts on the bloody mary: good ratio of alcohol to tomato, great amount of spice in the basic blend, slightly sweeter than the typical bloody mary, no chaser (But, who really needs one with a meal worth of fixins and a whole 24 oz of fluid? Not I but, wouldn't have turned one down either.) SWEET DEAL ALERT: bloody typically costs $13 a pop. But, we saw at the bottom of the menu, it's $5 off with a purchase of a meal. Only one per meal allowed.
As more people started to sit at the bar, the hostess gave the bartenders the heads up that we can now dine at the bar. I dig dining at the bar because I like watching the art of mixology. The bartenders here, Steve and some other nice guy, kept us entertained. Jamie and I tend to be question masters when it comes to food and beverages. We learned that they make their own INfused Rehorst vodka and SIDE NOTE, they support local brews and spirits.
So, let's talk food. You will learn that we tend to try the same type of dish at various restaurants to compare. Jamie = eggs benedict and Lisa = corned beef hash and the all american (eggs, toast, bacon and some sort of potato). We had asked our two bartenders for their recommendations. One, had never looked at a brunch menu before and the other, had five things he recommended (I'll spare the details, this ones getting a tad long already). We were both debating between a few options. Jamie = corned beef eggs benedict, savory crepes or the fried egg muffin sandwich with a side of potatoes o'brien. Lisa = corned beef hash and basted eggs with a side of english muffin or the corned beef benedict. We obviously knew we couldn't get the same dish and I remembered I don't dig hollandaise. Jamie ordered the sandwich and I, the corned beef hash.
|Fried Egg Muffin Sandwich with side of Potatoes O'brien|
Sandwich. toasted english muffin, applewood bacon (2), sauteed tart apples and red onions, fried egg (1), wisconsin cheddar cheese. $4.29
Potatoes added to dish. $2.00 (roasted potatoes with roasted poblano peppers and roasted onions)
Jamie's thoughts: Liked the onions as they were somewhat pickled like. Great flavor. To quote her "a fancy egg McMuffin" and "great bang for your buck."
|Corned Beef Hash and Basted Eggs with side of English Muffin|
Here is my meal.
Corned Beef Hash and Basted Eggs: corned beef with roasted potato, roasted poblano pepper and roasted onion and egg (2). $8.95
English Muffin: toasted, dry (no butter served on it. available upon request). $2
My thoughts: Pretty damn good. I tend to not like mushy corned beef hash as some places tend to cook them too long that the potatoes get starchy. This hash is almost not like your typical hash. Corned beef was very lean. No fat was noted..which is awesome texture wise. corned beef is pieces of brisket with thinner cuts and not minced up. potatoes are kept dry and roasted. Yolk is what adds some "sauce" to it. If you're a nut about having all the egg white cooked through, possibly ask for an "over" cooked egg (i.e. over easy, over medium, etc.). Great flavor in my opinion.
As I mentioned, we each had a coffee. Pretty good flavor. A dark roast. Fairly strong but not so strong that it's bitter.
Other factors that come into play for the overall experience:
- Fun music to enjoy while dining/drinking (old school rock that you can sing along with...for example, bohemian rhapsody)
- Fresh squeezed OJ was noted while sitting at the bar
- Great conversation with employees (host and bartenders) and other restaurant patrons (check out their website bestbloodymary.com and new finds from other patrons that Vintage plays gLee, Tuesdays, on the big screen and serves slushies!)
- Different brunch items on the menu including three types of benedicts, lobster dishes, dishes that include common items (tart apples, poblano peppers, and bacon polenta griddle cakes
- Great place to just chill. We stayed there for a few hours... more so because we were in a food coma and couldn't mobilize right away.
I was really digging this experience. It was a pretty good first go at this restaurant and I'm sure if people ask me about a new brunch place, this will be a top on my list. This dining session totally got me throwing my arms up and saying "I love my life." So, hit it up!
Overall Dining Experience (average of food, drink, atmosphere and service): 4.2/5
Bloody 4.5/5 Coffee 4/5
Atmosphere: 4.5 (small yet two levels provide enough space between tables, good bar service, 5th ward style)
Service: 4/5 (friendly bartenders and hostess)
Recommend to others? Big fatty yes.
Go again? In a heart beat. Probably to try lunch or dinner and get adventurous with a house INfused Rehorst beverage.