When choosing where to go for brunch, I typically prioritize the food menu. Is there a meaty egg dish for A on the menu? I like my brunch meals to be dough-based, so is there also a pancakes and fruit combo on the menu for me?
The brunch menu at The Commoner fit the bill, but the real reason we recently ventured there for brunch wasn’t for the food. It was for the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar.
I selected my infused vodka (rosemary), which our waitress brought to me in a glass. Then the fun began. I was like a kid in a candy store walking up to the Bloody Mary bar. Besides the three mixes to choose from (I opted for the house mix and loved it, not too clammy or spicy), there were seemingly endless sauces, from Sriracha to Worcestershire to maple syrup, along with salts and spices, hard boiled eggs, stuffed olives, cheeses, and house-pickled veggies. I added a dash of Sriracha and a skewer of olives and cheeses to my glass.
Last but not least comes all the fun toppings! There was grilled cheese, bacon, sausage, pretzel bites, pancakes, french toast, and – of course – celery. I topped off my Bloody Mary with a skewer of grilled cheese, pretzel, and french toast and a stalk of celery. Then I slid back into my seat, proud of my gluttonous creation, and enjoyed the fruit of my labor.
P.S. The food did not disappoint either! A ordered the Mess Beni (eggs benedict with chorizo and stewed tomatoes) and loved it. I ordered the Pub Toast (french toast made from Irish soda bread), and it was delicious. I almost strayed from my usual dough-based brunch selection to order the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich, and once I saw the sandwich arrive at a table next to us I wished I could have ordered that too. I didn’t get any good photos of our meal (note to self: must get better at food photography under dark, trendy restaurant lighting), but I promise you it looked as good as it sounds!