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Craigie on Main, Brunch

Pat Hammond | Apr 1, 2009 07:26 AM

I was in Boston this past weekend and wanted to take my son, his wife, and two little ones to brunch on Sunday. I'm not usually a fan of brunch because they often seen to be buffet style. But Craigie has a menu of wonderful options, just like going to dinner!

We started off with three perfect cappuccinos, and fresh squeezed OJ for the children. Then two orders of their house-made donuts that don't go into the fryer until they're ordered. Wonderful!

The little girls each had a side order of lovely, fluffy scrambled eggs and sausage, with very healthful looking whole-grain toast. I had a bite of the toast; it was as good as it looked.

My choice was buttermilk biscuit and "country roux" gravy with a couple of sunny-side eggs, and what they call "Demanche" sausage. No idea what Demanche means, except, maybe, delicious. Inside the casing the meat was coarsely ground. Excellent flavor in this good sized sausage. The thin, brown roux napped the biscuit, with just enough left to mix with the egg yolks for satisfying dunking.

My son had Craigie's take on shrimp and grits, with a side order of sunny-side eggs. Swiss chard had been braised with bacon. His empty plate spoke for itself!

The next time around I'd order what my daughter-in-law had: "Grass-fed house-brined corned beef hash" with a perfect "slow"- poached egg. I had only a bite, but it was so, so good. The texture was perfect, with crunch and tenderness where it counted.

She and I each had a Bloody Mary for dessert! (No booze before noon on Sunday in Boston, it seems.} They're made with gin or vodka infused with vegetables or pepper. I opted for just plain gin. This is a Bloody Mary with lots of "stuff" floating in it. It's plenty spicy, lots of grated, fresh horse radish, and ginger, as well. I'll admit it took some getting used to, but it didn't take me long!

What a fine restaurant! Great server, a lovely woman at the door to welcome us in out of the rain, and the spectacle of watching the kitchen at work as soon as you walk in. It's a very orderly operation, that kitchen.

I'd pretty much ignored the prices as we ordered, since this was a special occasion. What a pleasant surprise to discover a more than reasonable total for all that food and drink. Next time, dinner!

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