Memorable | One of the Best
Big Bad Breakfast
Review by: Michael Stern
Chef John Currence’s Big Bad Breakfast has been a shining star of cutting edge diners since it opened in 2012. Currence, who became known for the exquisite Dixie/Creole dinners he serves at his very successful City Grocery restaurant in Oxford, said “I want to give breakfast the same consideration we give lunch or dinner.”
To that end, he serves outstanding cathead biscuits with house-made jellies or as the exoskeleton of a lasciviously rich breakfast sandwich. French toast is spiked with brandy and served with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Shrimp and grits outdo their Lowcountry inspiration. What food lover can resist a place that proudly announces it cooks omelets in a blend of butter and bacon fat? Big Bad Breakfast is the place to come if you drank too much the night before. Here you can order what the menu boasts is “a hangover’s worst enemy”. This is a chili dog with slaw, cheddar cheese, pickles, onions, and jalapeno peppers all atop a waffle. Seriously large appetites will want to plow into one of the restaurant’s breakfast skillets — kitchen sink affairs served in cast iron pans.
For those who don’t want a meal with oink, the menu has a selection of “Big Bad Lean” dishes: egg whites, granola, bruleed grapefruit, and Anson Mills oatmeal.
Lunch includes artisan burgers, BLTs made with Tabasco aioli. It also includes an Elvis sandwich of peanut butter, bananas, and bacon on white or whole wheat, griddle-fried. To drink, choose from among good coffee, freshly squeezed juices, and milk shakes. You can also choose from a roster of alcoholic “big bad libations.”
House motto: “Lard Have Mercy.”
Note: Other Big Bad Breakfasts are located in Birmingham, Alabama, and in Inlet Beach, Florida.
|Meals Served||Breakfast, Lunch|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|