There are a few questions I get asked quite often about the Raleigh restaurant scene. Which restaurants have wifi is asked quite often (note to self: make that list). Another has to do with the alcohol selection at various restuarants in the area. But, one of the biggest questions is where to get breakfast in the downtown area and specifically, which restaurants have a great Sunday brunch. There are a few places that have become institutions for their brunches including Poole's Diner, Nofo at the Pig, Humble Pie, Tir Na Nog and Dos Taquitos (R.I.P. Enoteca Vin).
There are a bunch of other restaurants around that have brunches/breakfast (Remedy Diner, Big Ed's, Oakwood Cafe, The Farmer's Market Restaurant), but those are the ones that have been around the longest or seem to stick in my head. Regardless, Downtown Raleigh has a thriving brunch scene and there will be a new kid on the block starting this weekend, Brewmaster's Bar and Grill.
On Sunday, August 14th Brewmaster's will begin serving a new brunch menu created by their newest Chef and General Manager, Brian O’Hara. Remember what we just said about the brunch at Tir Na Nog and Enoteca Vin? Yeah, O'Hara was in charge of brunch at both places in the past few years. O'Hara's brunch record makes Brewmaster's a prime target for some delicious Sunday dishes and just in time for the Fall football season. With local home-brewer Les Stewart running the beer selection and Mark Cook (owner of American Brewmaster's, the homebrewing shop off of N. Capital Blvd, the beer selection at Brewmaster's stays on tap and on season.
The restuarant continues to evolve (moving past the Cherry Bomb misfire) and has also had more changes along with O'Hara, hiring Jeramy Lowe as Bar Manager, who used to work the bar at Jackpot. As well, there's brand new art on the walls by one of our favorite local artists, Kristin Matwiczyk. The restaurant is about to release new lunch and dinner menus in the coming weeks but most of all, we are excited to see these brunch options on the table. Check out the new brunch menu below.
Huevos Rancheros - Sunny side up eggs on a crispy corn tortilla with black beans, pico de gallo and sour cream
Eggs Benidict - Poached eggs on English muffins with crispy prosciutto and hollandaise sauce with choice of a side
Chicken & Waffles - Crispy fried chicken (soy "chicken" available) on a brown sugar waffle with strawberry & chipotle syrup
Shrimp and Grits - Shrimp sauteed with roasted garlic, mushrooms and roasted roma tomatoes then braised in Full Steam Brewery’s Basil ale over cheese grits
Pimento Cheese Biscuit - Brian’s homemade herbed biscuits topped with pimento cheese, avocado, fried poached eggs with Sriracha cream and a side
Biscuits and Gravy - Brian’s herbed biscuits with sausage gravy or roasted roma tomato and portabello mushroom gravy with choice of a side
Sides: cheese grits, bacon, potato hash, sausage, fruit, marbled rye toast