This morning we went to Penelope for a nice little Saturday brunch. Typically we can’t get our acts together for brunch until somewhere around 1130-1pm. After an early 9am wake up time we headed to Penelope around 1040am. When we got there we told it would be a 45 minute wait. Their estimates were about accurate and we sat down at 11:30pm.
The price fixe brunch selection was fairly limited about 8-10 choices Including Nutella French Toast, Spinach Pie, a build your own omelet option and pumpkin waffle. I decided on the BBLT (double bacon BLT) with the addition of an egg over easy. My friend went with the Stuffed Nutella French Toast.
The BBLT was more like a regular BLT I didn’t notice any extra bacon. It came with a black pepper mayo and fresh cut skin on French fries. The sandwich was on toasted thick cut sourdough bread. Definitely an enjoyable sandwich and I was a fan of the added egg & bread choice but I don’t know that it was worth the 45 minute wait. The French fries had good flavor but I prefer a crispy fry and these were a little soggy.
The Nutella French Toast on the other hand was phenomenal. I don’t like sweets so I’m not sure I would be able to finish an entire order but the bite I had was melt in your mouth delicious. The French toast is served with a generous portion of fresh fruit (blueberries and strawberries).
We ordered sake bloody marys which were good and made with fresh horse radish (my preference). I didn’t notice a difference between this bloody and regular vodka BMs.
What to expect:
A fairly limited price fix brunch menu
Long wait times
Alternative brunch cocktails (apple cider mimosa, sake Bloody Marys)
Spending about $20/person
Pleasant Waiters & Good service (I liked that we weren’t rushed while trying to decide what to order).
A very well written menu (everything sounds delicious)
Overall Rating: 3.5/5 stars
(I docked overall rating by .5 stars for long wait times)
What are your favorite weekend brunch spots? Let me know in the comments.--DBlock
On Thursday, 10/7 I got an email around 6pm inviting me to the Thrillist Bacon & Blues Festival. This was the first night of the annual Food Network Food & Wine Festival. Normally I would not accept a last minute invite on a Thursday night… but BACON?! Of course I had to go. Bacon has always provided a level of comfort to me. When I was younger (and I mean about 17-18 yrs old) my mom would use the smell of bacon and that musical sizzling frying sound to lure me out of bed on Sunday morning after a night of partying. Since then I have had a special bond with this salty, crispy, fatty wondrous meat.. I mean honestly what food does bacon not make better?
At the event, hosted by the Andaz hotel, there seemed to be an over representation of BBQ chefs from around the area. I don’t usually associate bacon with BBQ but I do love both so it wasn’t so much a problem as it was just surprising. The evening’s host was Todd English. Some of the dishes listed below:
Bacon weaved basket with pulled pork from Mables
Bacon Butter Bourbon Popcorn with Brown Sugar
Crispy Pork Rillette Slider & Sliced Pork – CaVa
Spiced Pork Belly with Lime & Coriander – Andaz 5th Avenue
My favorite was from the upcoming Mables, a bacon basket filled with pulled pork? Yep! This new Brooklyn post was also handing out mini bottles of BBQ sauce. The runner up of the night was a very simple dish from Andaz that was crispy little squares of pork belly bacon.
Click here for photos courtesy of Thrillist.