Chicago – 1/29/17 – the Bristol

The Bristol is one of the first places I dined at when I started making frequent trips to Chicago many years ago.  Happily it is still as good as it was back then and has a really excellent brunch.  Just as the raviolo is a must-order at dinner, do not miss the cinnamon roll at brunch.  It’s as dangerous as the Moscow mules.

Charleston, SC – 6/12/16 – Two Boroughs Larder

It is incredibly sad to be writing this on the day that Two Boroughs Larder is closing.  I suppose it is fitting that this was my last meal of a great birthday weekend.  I am happy to have visited once and can’t wait to see where Josh Keeler ends up.

TBL charcuterie – pickles, mustard, country bread
Seasonal lettuce – benne seed tahini, meyer lemon, bread crumb

Confit new potato – slow roasted carrot, bordelaise, shallot

Carbonara – bucatini, Neuske’s, english pea, calabrian chile, mint


NYC – 3/6/16 – Sadelle’s

I wish I could say that service has improved but at least the breakfast and lunch menu has remained consistently fantastic.  Since Sadelle’s has opened I have eaten more bagels than in the last 5+ years.  However it is best to stick to weekdays and avoid at all costs on the weekend.  What a complete zoo.

House beets

Smoked Scottish Salmon

Miami – 2/21/16 – Eating House

If only brunch everywhere could be this good.  The elvis tartine was spectacular and I have to wonder why everybody isn’t doing this?  Great ceviche, how can you go wrong with candied bacon and even the quiche, which isn’t typically my thing, was really really good.  And there were quite a few other things on the menu I wish I had the room to order.  I was looking forward to a return trip for dinner, but then I would miss the tartine so maybe I will stick to brunch!

ceviche – poached shrimp, coconut milk leche de tigre, cucumber, red onion, jalapeño, cilantro

candied applewood smoked bacon, brown sugar
 ‘elvis’ tartine – nut & seed butter, bananas, pepitas, whole wheat bread, vanilla bean salt
vegetable quiche – caramelized onions, poblano peppers, cotija, creme fraiche, green lettuces
 ‘calentado’ – braised pork shoulder, rice & beans, sweet plantains, chimmi churri, sunny up eggs

Chicago – 1/31/16 – North Pond

For as many fantastic views and great dining rooms that there are in Chicago, North Pond perhaps has the most perfect setting.  Unfortunately I seem to only make it here in bad weather, but even so its beautiful.  This really has to be the best brunch in the city.

Arctic Char, Beets – chilled smoked char, red, gold, chioggia beets, ruby grapefruit, fennel, horseradish creme, filberts Beef, Sprouts – charred flatiron steak, parsnip brûlée, roasted brussels sprouts, bordelaise gel, grain mustard, slaw
 Squash, Cranberry – pumpkin spiced kabocha tartelette, cinnamon creme, cranberry puree, sage sherbet, candied orange

NYC – 4/12/15 – King Bee

I typically try to avoid the first day of anything to allow a restaurant some time to get the kinks out.  But if I hadn’t known, I wouldn’t have guessed that this was the first brunch service at King Bee.  We weren’t crazy about the pork cracklins I have to admit.  But foie makes everything better!

Pork cracklins, peanut, caramel, malt vinegar powder  
Brûléed bread pudding, foie gras, rhubarb, cheddar, maple syrup

Mushroom buckwheat crepe galette, maitake, trumpet royal, shiitake, rucola, spring onion confit, egg

Farro salad

Louisiana crawfish roll