Get two meals in one with a decadent brunch
Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 12:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 12:13 p.m.
Combining breakfast and lunch into one weekend nosh doesn't have to short-change your tastebuds – or overtax your wallet.
The George on the Riverwalk
For double the brunch time, try The George on the Riverwalk (128 S. Water St. in downtown Wilmington). This restaurant offers diners twice as many opportunities to kick back and splurge. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, The George menu offers decadent dishes for breakfast or lunch.
The French Toast Foster will run you about $9.50, but it'll likely cost you a few laps around the Wrightsville Beach Loop. Sourdough bread is dipped in cinnamon-vanilla egg batter then grilled to a golden brown. The French toast then gets fostered. Fresh bananas, caramelized walnuts and rum syrup are added to make for a memorable meal.
Lack a sweet tooth? Try the grilled pork chop. The 6-ounce, bone-in pork chop is served with white cheddar, stone-ground grits, hoppin John and finished with low country mushroom pan gravy. Each bit of this dish is full of complementing flavors that shouldn't be missed. This dish will set you back $12.
The Eat Spot
This gastropub, located at 34 N. Front St., takes basic breakfast dishes and reimagines them with a creative twist. If you think chicken and waffles was something your mamma made you, then you're in for a surprise. These are not your mamma's chicken and waffles. Southern fried chicken breasts are plated atop waffles, served with a sun-dried cherry maple syrup.
For those with a hankering for lunch fare, the grown-up grilled cheese stands out. It features Havarti, caramelized onions, tomatoes and bacon served between two slices of pesto-rubbed grilled focaccia. Sherry-tomato bisque rounds out the meal. Brunch meals come in at less than $10.
Note: The rib-eye special featured in the July-August issue of Better Living magazine is no longer available at The Eat Spot.
Part of the appeal of Sunday brunch is indulgence. With luxe in its name, it is no wonder Deluxe, 114 Market St., wishes to spoil its diners with its menu. Several salivating-inducing dishes dot the brunch offerings. For starters, the lump crab, fresh goat cheese omelet with asparagus and herb aioli leaves me dashing for a fork and my car keys– and possibly a napkin to wipe up the drool. Other omelets include the pesto shrimp, arugula and goat cheese omelet; the tomato, basil, feta omelet; and the vegetable omelet.
Seafood is an integral part of several dishes, but one Southern breakfast standard gets a gourmet makeover. The Deluxe shrimp and grits is served with shrimp, smoked bacon, shitake mushrooms, red bell peppers and spicy sherry cream.
Personally, brunch is the time to throw carb caution to the wind. One dish I'm looking forward to sinking a tooth into is the pecan swirl French toast. This is served with your choice of Carolina Stone Ground Grits or herb roasted potatoes, fruit cup and a freshly baked muffin. Dishes range from $6 to $14, according to the menu.
Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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