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Blue Room Brunch Today

MB | Jan 15, 2006 06:38 PM

It was my first brunch visit and I felt like it was a pretty good value ($23 for the buffet) though the quality was just off on a few things. Had a decent spicy bloody mary ($6.50) and a delish but expensive ($9.50!) margarita.

The 'buffet' is actually set up in bowls - almost like family style - along the counter in front of the open kitchen. Might be tough for short folks to get a good look at the options.

High quality mixed greens (some nice mizuna in there) with a mango vinagrette.

A lovely cucumber and green apple salad.

A couscous by a different name (larger grain, spanish name?) with chickpeas and kale was a nice change of pace with the cumin seasoning.

Corn grits rocked, served with pork chicarrones - fantastic flavors together but some of the meat was a bit tough.

Saffron rice with veal and peppers. Only had a bite, one of the line cooks said it was his favorite, but I didn't enjoy it.

Sausage and bacon were put up in cast iron skillets. Sausage was bite size pieces and pretty good. Bacon was way better - smoky and still chewy, not brittle.

My pet peeve - a big ol' dish of eggs sitting under a heat lamp along the "buffet." C'mon guys, I can go to a hotel breakfast bar for that.

At least 6-8 other dishes I didn't try, can only remember these: octopus salad, scallop ceviche, spicy salted shrimp, pancakes, greek style green beans.

I went back for seconds for the salads and the corn grits with pork. Dessert table was not appealing. Friend loved the blondie bars, but her bread pudding looked like soup. I had a decent cookie but preferred the margarita.

Service was great - friendly, attentive, but relaxed. A nice place to replenish the toxins after power yoga this morning.

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