Restaurants & Bars

Brunch at 2223

nja | Dec 8, 2003 08:40 PM

I had brunch on Sunday at 2223 (Market Street, between Noe and Sanchez) for the first time, accompanied by a couple of regulars.

This is not a good place for brunch with a hangover. It's very loud and sunny inside. Their special breakfast cocktail--"Good Morning Mary," essentially a bloody mary with green olives--didn't help at all because it was pretty nasty from far too much green olive juice. But the coffee was good and the OJ got good reviews.

The food here is very good, and also very fancy. The bread pudding was a mound of brioche, wild mushrooms, and vegetables surrounded with sheets of proscuitto and topped with an arugula salad. A flavorful but surprisingly light dish. The sourdough french toast (thick slices of bread with attached sheets of scrambled eggs) needed a bit of salt to wake up but was otherwise good and, despite the topping of raspberry syrup and sliced pears, not overly sweet. Thick cut Hobbs bacon was good. So was the housemade pork and fennel sausage, a small football shaped patty of meat, though it was very lean and tasted more like a meatball than sausage.

They make their money here on sides. The main brunch dishes are about $7 each, while the sides of bacon and sausage $3.50 each.

I'd return to try more of their brunch offerings, especially the dish recommended by the regulars: sausage and biscuits with poached eggs, spinach, and pan gravy.



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