Brunch

Eclectic | New American
Memorable
One of the best
Michael Stern | August 18, 2019
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Although brunch is its specialty, Brunch in fact serves three meals a day (except Sunday and Monday, when it closes at 4pm). Nearly the whole menu is available all the time, meaning you can have eggs Benedict for dinner and a burger for breakfast. After 5pm, a strictly-dinner menu is added, offering the likes of hanger steak, roasted fish, and a loaded fried chicken platter.

Fan-District brainchild of the same team who created the notably successful Lunch-Supper, Brunch is an eclectic place where people come to eat, chat, and drink wild and crazy cocktails … including one called Cereal Killer #2, which is Moonshine infused with Cinnamon Toast crunch! An intense humdinger listed under the “Hyper Seasonal” section of the drink menu is the Ol VA Blackberry Julep: bourbon, macerated blackberries, sweet tea, and fresh mint. The very aroma of the mint is dizzying and the flavor-punch verges on overkill.

As for the food, everything I’ve tasted shares the intensity of those drinks. Flavors are big and bold, spices swirl, beef oozes juice, salads are radiant with garden-fresh ingredients and powerful dressings.

The menu is huge, 9 pages altogether, from appetizers and salads through Benedicts and brunch bowls to sandwiches and Main Street meals. I’m especially impressed by Jumbo Shrimp (an after-5pm dinner entree) that come on a bed of succotash-crab meat risotto sparkling with Cajun spice. Also noteworthy: a pork poutine brunch bowl containing sweet potato fries, smoked gouda, and crisp pork belly lardons; a Monte Cristo made with country ham, smoked turkey, and gruyere; and “brunch links,” which are pancake-battered, house-made sausage with spicy maple syrup.

Desserts include deluxe ice cream sandwiches from Richmond’s Nightingale ice creamery and one of the wickedest (and most impossible-to-stop-eating) bread puddings ever, made not with bread but with Krispy Kreme donuts.

Brunch’s house watchwords are: “It doesn’t matter when you get here, it’s always the best experience of the day.”

What to Eat
Brunch, Jumbo Shrimp
Jumbo Shrimp
Must-Try
Firm jumbo shrimp are surrounded by a field of zesty Cajun risotto and lump crabmeat.
Brunch, Stuffed Portabella Benedict
Stuffed Portabella Benedict
Must-Try
Stuffed Portabella Benedict comes with dill-Dijon hash browns
Brunch, Smoked Salmon Salad
Smoked Salmon Salad
Must-Try
Smoked salmon salad is dressed with lemon-shallot vinaigrette and festooned with dill.
Brunch, Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding
Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding
Must-Try
Krispy Kreme bread pudding is all the richer for its warm custard base.
Brunch, Froot Loops Ice Cream Sandwich
Froot Loops Ice Cream Sandwich
Local ice creamery Nightingale made this molasses-cookie Froot Loops sandwich.
Brunch, Blackberry Julep
Blackberry Julep
Powerhouse blackberry julep is crowded with fruit and mint.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday7am - 4pm
Monday7am - 4pm
Tuesday7am - 4pm
Wednesday7am - 4pm
Thursday7am - 4pm
Friday7am - 4pm
Saturday7am - 4pm
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
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