Saturday, 27 October 2007
If it's the weekend, it must be brunch!
For a man without a Monday to Friday job, the weekend means different things, mostly that my FRIENDS are now free to play. But for the employed and unemployed alike, the weekend means a lot of good things, not the least of which is brunch.
And these days, for me, the restaurant in the midtown Grid for brunch has changed: Crepeville's nice, and the Lucky Cafe and Fox and Goose, dependable. But for three weeks, since they revamped their menu, there has been an irresistible destination for special egg dishes in downtown Sacramento: Capitol Garage at the corner of 15th and K Street.
I don't know what got into these guys, but I know what's getting into me: the bar/restaurant's usual crispy home fries, sure, but also dishes that don't make it onto their weekday breakfast menu: a Monty Cristo sandwich made with thick "Texas" toast with apricot aioli and fresh berry sauce; a cream cheese-filled French toast with warm peach compote; and the most exotic egg dishes in town: My Favorite Omelette (their name, my feeling) which is filled with fresh (and ample) crab meat, melted brie cheese chunks, artichoke hearts and creme fraishe is one. Another is the Garage Omelet, with portabella mushrooms, sausage and melted dill harvarti cheese, which a friend found "spectacular."
But what makes this new dining option my current fave in downtown or midtown Sacramento is a half dozen dishes which, despite their name, won't let you down: the Capitol Garage line-up of Eggs Benedict. Sure, you can get a plain old eggs Benedict. Or you can spice it up with the Garrage Benedict, which ups the ante from ham to pastrami and adds a black pepper Hollandaise sauce. Or you can go for it: A Northwest Benedict with smoked salmon and grilled asparagus, topped with hosted hazelnuts and fresh raspberries; the Crab Cake Benedict, the name of which speaks for itself. Finally, there is my favorite, the Louisiana Benedict, with sauteed shrimp and spicy sausage, topped with a chipotle hollandaise sauce. It's SPICY. Fantastic.
And these are all ample dishes. Only a couple of us finished everything.
These isn't the cheapest brunch in town: Most of the above-mentioned dishes cleared $10 easily, most landed in the $12-14 range. But you also get the fantastic home fries and a good variety of fresh fruit that went well beyond garnish: the slices of fresh pineapple, kiwi, cantaloupe and strawberries all freshened the plates considerably.
As for bevvies: The coffee could use some work - at two different visits it tasted bitter and tired (and left us feeling the same). But they quickly refreshed our mugs, and we didn't care so much because we'd found something even better, the Capitol Garage's not-so-secret brunch weapon: the Bottomless Mimosa for $4 or $5, which kept us entertaining ourselves long after the food was gone. With a walk in Capitol Park a post-prandial option, we were feeling pretty good about missing the line at Crepeville.