Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Four scrumptious Fort Worth brunch spots
You look like you could use a mimosa.
FORT WORTH Brunch happens to be one of my favorite meals, and I’ve been making the rounds lately. I’ve got my favorite spots, but with more and more restaurants throwing their hats into the brunch ring, I thought I’d check a couple of new places out.
Cat City Grill hosts one of my favorite brunches in town. The solid brunch menu and the casual atmosphere make it my go-to brunch spot. The $2 bloody Marys and mimosas just seal the deal. Cat City Grill gets bonus points for being kid friendly as well. They have a kids menu and kids blend right in with the lively atmosphere. You’ll find a broad range of brunch items at Cat City, everything from their twist on eggs benedict to a brunch burger to a breakfast burrito. I love their shrimp and grits and the seafood omelette. Shrimp and grits are the ultimate in comfort food, and I enjoy the small dose of spiciness from the jalapeno cheese grits. The seafood omelette has crab and swiss cheese and is then smothered in béarnaise sauce. Yes, it’s a little bit of decadence and a lot of deliciousness.
I’ve visited Monty’s Corner for lunch before, and I was curious about their brunch. Monty’s Corner serves some serious Southern goodness, all with an upscale twist. Fried green tomatoes appear on their menu so often that much they’ve just abbreviated the ingredient to FGT. Another popular brunch item is the Pig Candy, brown sugar coated bacon. This is “stick to your ribs” food, folks -- if you leave hungry, it’s your own fault. On my last brunch visit I went with the Benedict Monty, which was a tasty stack of barbecue braised short ribs, fried green tomatoes, a poached egg, and hollandaise sauce along with some super crispy home fries. If you are looking for something healthy, they offer the Healthy Monty, which is an egg white omelet. If that’s of no concern then the rest of the bunch menu offers a wide variety of dishes such as the chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy, buttermilk pancakes, and the Monster Monty.
In the world of breakfast and brunch, Cafe Brazil is a standout. Cafe Brazil is a regular spot for our family since they expanded their restaurant based in Dallas to Fort Worth. They have just about everything on their menu, and that makes it tough to make a decision. I can’t even try to synopsize their menu. Some of the dishes that I’ve enjoyed there are the Brazilian breakfast, breakfast relleno, el gordo crepes, and the migas. They also have a fantastic kids menu with candy bar pancakes that are topped with M&M’s, chocolate chips, and whipped cream. Another great thing about Cafe Brazil is the coffee station where you can help yourself to one of the many varieties of coffee they have. Bourbon Pecan and Brazil select are favorites.
Part of the fun of brunch is seeing how a restaurant takes their style and re-interprets it into breakfast items. In the case of Hacienda San Miguel, they bring their modern Mexican touch to brunch beautifully. I ordered the huevos motulenos partly out of nostalgia and partly out of curiosity. Huevos motulenos is a breakfast dish my mom regularly made during my childhood. The dish starts with a tortilla as its base and then adds black beans, eggs, ham, salsa, queso fresco, and peas on top. Hacienda San Miguel executed the dish with an amazing presentation and fantastic flavors. My brunch companion ordered a bowl of pozole off the dinner menu. Pozole is a dish similar to menudo, and I’m surprised it wasn’t listed on the brunch menu. Once again, the presentation of the pozole was stellar, and most importantly, the flavors were authentic. If you haven’t visited Hacienda San Miguel, I feel like they have one of the most beautiful restaurant spaces in town. If you can, sit at one of their comfortable side booths.
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