Anthony Rose's new spot opened a few weeks ago on Dupont and there's already a healthy wait-list for brunch. We got a bit lucky with our timing so didn't have to wait too long to enjoy a fun and tasty meal. My lingering impression was that Rose and Sons is what you might expect if Hoof Cafe and United Bakers Dairy had a love-child.
I'm a big fan of Anthony's from The Drake and his various seasonal pop-ups. When we first walked in, there he was, greeting everyone in his charismatic and friendly way, iPad in hand, ready to tap out your number to text when your table's ready. He would later make his rounds to the tables, warmly thanking people for coming - seemed very genuine.The cozy interior of the long-running People's diner has been partly renovated to make way for these handsome, long communal wooden tables that can seat groups of 2-8 or 10. Service is very friendly. Great vibe.
On the Hoof Cafe side of the gene pool, you have things like duck confit with a poached egg and grits, ancho chili eggs or the bread pudding with blueberry compote. The United Bakers DNA contributes schmaltz (chicken fat) hash, matzoh ball soup, a whitefish sandwich on a killer Montreal bagel and one of the best looking bagels, lox and cream cheese sandwiches I've seen in a while. Things that were great - some of the best bacon I've ever eaten (Perth pork), amazing bread pudding with wild blueberries, the schmaltz hash and great fresh-tasting eggs. I would hope they might add a few lighter breakfasty items on the menu and I thought that some of the portions seemed small for the price.
Overall, we really enjoyed ourselves and look forward to checking out some of their other offerings. They're open for breakfast during the week (at 10), which is always a rare treat, as is the existence of a solid brunch alternative without going all the way downtown.