hi all -- had brunch at the oregon grille today, and it was wonderful! i was very surprised that during the two hours we lingered in the garden there (it was a hot day, but the tables are pleasantly, deeply shaded) only two other parties came and went. there were more people eating inside, of course, mostly of the dressed-up senior citizen variety. outside, we wore shorts and had a casual brunch.
duck prosciutto with carmelized figs and walnuts over mesclun was terrific, as was a chilled berry soup with brown sugar and sour cream (the soup was a special) -- both intensely flavored and very well handled.
i then enjoyed the house french toast, an unusual version that's crisply fried in an odd but enjoyable flaky batter on the outside, flavored with orange and nutmeg on the inside. absolutely drenched in butter and maple syrup, it was decadent! a side of smoked, thick-cut bacon was the perfect savory note to counteract all the sugary flavors.
my companions enjoyed the grille classic, grilled tenderloin slices and two eggs with bernaise sauce over a delectable crab and potato hash. i lusted after the hangtown fry, oysters and ham over a very well executed egg and cheese frittata. this was an extremely generous serving that could have served two, and ultimately did!
prices were very reasonable, considering the quality of the food and service and that we were at the oregon grille (french toast $9, frittata $13) -- but be warned, drinks are steep: our bloody mary tab made more than 1/3 of our total bill, and only two of the three of us were drinking.
i really enjoyed brunch there, especially the chance to have a leisurely meal without needing to wait an hour for a table, and can't fathom why more people aren't flocking! i've paid nearly this much for far inferior fare at some of baltimore's most popular brunch spots.