[Brunch] Atlanta Brunchin’ Part II

As you know, I was in Atlanta last month. My favorite part was all the food, besides visiting my awesome sister, of course! Seriously, southern comfort food makes my heart eternally happy.

On another round of Atlanta brunches, today I’m sharing photos from Another Broken Egg, a delicious chain restaurant that left me in a state of happiness and sleepiness, all in one meal.

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Baked brie for breakfast? Sure, why not? We ordered the delicious baked brie delight as an appetizer. It had apples, pecans and raisins sautéed in a Grand Marnier butter sauce over warm Brie cheese with toasted French bread. YES TO ALL THE BRIE.

Another Broken Egg Brunch Breakfast

Another Broken Egg actually has a really nice variety of breakfast options. You can go healthy, semi-healthy or you can go all out like me and order the Bacquezo. This cream cheese & bacon filled omelette with breakfast chorizo, Monterey Jack & green onions is basically heaven and hell on a plate. I never thought a cream cheese-filled omelette would be so good. I actually could not finish this, but that was honestly the best way to go.

Another Broken Egg City Grits Breakfast Brunch Delicious

Now, here comes the best part. We all know biscuits and home fries are great as sides, but nothing beats a nice bowl of grits. Unless of course, you are talking about  city grits, creamy southern grits, roasted garlic, onions & smoked Gouda cheese, topped with baked bacon, tomatoes & green onions. I mean, I think the picture speaks for itself. I’m gonna go ahead and let you drool for a little bit.

¡Buen provecho!

[Brunch] Atlanta Brunchin’ Part I

I love southern food, like LOVE. From crispy chicken to cheesy grits. I find all food so full of flavor and happiness that I can’t help but keep wanting more.

Last month in Atlanta, my awesome big sister took me around and basically allowed me to eat my way through the city. Every single meal we had during the long weekend was simply amazing. I think they all deserve individual attention and contemplation.

Let’s start with Goldberg’s Bagel Co. and Deli. I found it ironic that it’s New York-inspired but oh my, it’s everything a breakfast should be.

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We started with the Reuben egg rolls. Something that, to be honest, I would not have ordered myself but thank goodness that my sister made the call because they were glorious. They came with a 1000 Island dressing for dipping, which basically made them irresistible.

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I ordered the southern eggs benedict. Eggs and turkey sausage on top of a biscuit, crowned with gravy. I don’t ever want to go back to normal eggs benedict.

fried chicken biscuit and gravy

My sister went all out and got the fried chicken and egg biscuit sandwich. Please take a moment to appreciate the oozing of gravy and try not to drool.

We basically feasted on great food, for a super reasonable price. It’s nothing too fancy but the food is so good, there is no glamour needed to make this place the hit it is.

[Brunch] Cherche Midi

Something is French? I’m bound to like it. Ever since Cherche Midi opened, it’s been on my list.

If I’m not mistaken, the place that was there before used to serve breakfast pizzas that we would order at work all the time. While losing a place like that is clearly devastating, Cherche Midi is a wonderful replacement.

As always, I try to make my brunch experience easier with Open Table, which allowed me to comfortably arrive right to a table reserved just for me. The atmosphere is lovely, with a sophisticated touch that is also highly welcoming and cozy.

Me and my friend started the day with a pot de fromage, a parmesan custard with anchovy butter toast. Although the mention of anchovy threw me off, you could hardly taste it. It was very savory, which I really enjoy at any time, even in the morning. Overall, delicious.

For the main plate, I opted for a classic egg choice. I ordered skillet eggs with tomato, roasted pepper salad and Vermont bacon. Definitely delicious, but I also kept looking at my friend’s eggs Benedict and ended up taking a few bites (duh).

This is a place I definitely want to come back to in order to try even more options in their menu. Service was also great, to me that always makes or breaks a place.

[Brunch] Al Vez

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“Let’s have brunch in the financial district!” is not quite what would come out of my mouth any given Sunday. What’s great about New York is that if you look close enough, there will be an amazing spot anywhere you need to be. That’s how I ended at Al Vez on a Saturday morning.

One of my good friends was visiting and he wanted to go up the One World Trade Center. I used my trusty Urban Daddy app to find a brunch place worth taking a tourist, a balance of quality and excitement. Al Vez for the win!I had been to Al Vez in Philadelphia and had a really nice dinner. Sure, their dinner was nice, but oh boy, their brunch I dare say is even better.

Al Vez Brunch Breakfast Quesadilla - Cristina Nogueras The breakfast quesadilla was toasted to perfection, filled with scrambled eggs, black beans, pico de gallo, cheddar & jack cheese.
Platains Al Vez Brunch Cristina NoguerasWe ordered a side of plantains con queso or like we Puerto Ricans like to call it, amarillitos. They hit the spot.
Al Vez Huevos Rancheros Brunch Cristina Nogueras  My friend ordered the huevos rancheros. The combination of the two eggs sunny side up, chorizo, black beans, guacamole and salsa ranchera over a crispy tortilla was the perfect mix. Topping any bite with the plantains was just glorious.

On top of the great food, it had a really nice vibe for a Saturday morning. Looking forward to trying this spot for dinner some day.

What brunch spots do you recommend around the financial district?

[Brunch] Bareburger Hoboken

It’s no surprise that I love food. Like, I really, really love food. A fun part of the process when I share things here is that I like to take the time to learn more about where I went or what I ate. Sometimes it’s just a simple Google search, but even that gets to be really fun.

I love Bareburger, not just because I love burgers in general, but they really do serve some really good quality stuff there. Last weekend, I did the unimaginable, I went to Bareburger and I did NOT eat a burger. I know, crazy. Instead, I opted for their brunch and boy, was it delicious.

My boyfriend went for the Hungry Bear, a plate with 3 eggs, french toast, Canadian bacon and sweet potato wedges. The sweet potato wedges were something in between regular sweet potato fries and home fries, perfect for brunch. I obviously had a few myself.

Although tempted by the sound of such a plate, I ordered an avocado toast with a sunny side up egg and a side of their quinoa hash. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this quinoa hash, was it going to be a mashed potato situation or more like regular quinoa? What did I get? Two delicious hash brown-like patties with quinoa and some other amazing things that made it the best companion to an otherwise quite simple (yet fresh) avocado toast.

Bottom line, there’s more to Bareburger than burgers. Those guys can nail a breakfast meal too. However, if it’s your first time going, definitely get a burger. It only makes sense.

[Brunch] Jane Restaurant

I admit I’ve been slacking on brunch posts. Don’t you worry, this in no way means I have been deprived from the wonderful glory that is breakfast food at what some people call lunch time. I think winter is getting the best of me and going anywhere outside of my radius has been somewhat of a challenge. You know that you’re in the midst of winter when 40 degrees inspires you to go out.

I know I am super late in the game, but I’ve finally discovered the wonder that is Open Table. I have used it before and it’s always been great, but I had never used it for brunch and let me tell you, it’s amazing. You really feel like New York royalty when you walk into a crowded restaurant and find a lovely table open and waiting just for you.

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Before I even get into the wonder above, I must say the Jane Restaurant has some sort of strawberry butter and it is delicious. Anyways, let me just say I have never thought of seafood as breakfast. The thought is still a little weird for me, but I decided to give Lobster Eggs Benedict a chance (or Lobster Benny as it’s called in the menu). Excellent decision. I would have liked more lobster, but it’s ok, I wouldn’t have been able to eat more anyways because I stuffed my face with bread and strawberry butter.

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Classic, but good, you can’t go wrong with this Farm House Popover – scrambled eggs, smoked ham, gruyère and caramelized onions.

What’s nice about this spot is that you get a complimentary cocktail with each entrée. What’s not so nice is that NY laws prohibit the serving of alcohol before noon on a Sunday, so remember that. I obviously forgot and sat down at 11:30 am, needless to say I took my sweet time admiring the menu. 🙂

Cheers!

Otto Strada Brunch

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It’s been a few weekends since I’ve tried a new brunch place. Ideally, I would love to try a new one every weekend, but that would leave no space for me to return to the ones I already love! Yes, I know, #firstworldproblems.

That’s why I was excited to find out that Hoboken restaurant Otto Strada was introducing a new brunch menu. A place I already visited and liked, together with a new brunch experience? Of course I was in.

I was delighted to see so many options on the menu and I was even more excited to be there with my boyfriend because that meant we could order a few things to try and eat it all together! You know I get very excited for food.

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I ordered the Frittata di Asparagi, an egg-cake made with potatoes, asparagus, onions and topped with basil pesto and parmesan.

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I forgot the name of what my boyfriend ordered and the brunch menu is not up yet, but you can see it’s quite a breakfast pizza!

I loooove breakfast pizzas and this one did not disappoint.