O'Mara's in Berkley debuts a morning breakfast menu as of Monday. Berkleygary and I were part of a pre-opening tasting today focusing on their pancake and waffle items, crepes (sweet and savory), French toast, morning cocktails and sausage.
Bottom line --- some real standouts that we'd go back for again in a minute. The wild mushroom/spinach/fontina crepes were among the best items I've had for breakfast in Detroit -- on a par with top hotels, breakfast spots. Big thrill were the morels included in the savory sauce--not overly rich but deeply flavorful.
Apple/pecan waffles were also great. I'm not a great sweet person in the a.m., never eat pancakes, etc., but these were an exception. Cripsy and tender waffle, terrific apple compote with cinnamon a nuts not at all sweet.
Strawberry/creamcheese stuffed French toast also delicious. Again, not overly sweet with a deep berry flavor and not gorped up with too much cream cheese.
Homemade pork and turkey sausage has great spice and texture--at the tasting they could have been browner but that'll be fixed.
Not big breakfast/brunch cocktail folks but the mimosa was outstanding--fresh OJ with pulp and just the right amount of bubbly. Salty Dog features fresh squeezed grapefruit juice (when's the last time you had that out?) which made is pulpy and fruity and just delicious. Home made Sangria is pretty complex flavored, not overly sweet. All served really fresh and really cold.
Overall we were really impressed. I'd certainly go there and actually pay for a meal...they're smoking their own salmon in-house, making their own preserves and really scaling up the food. Also good for corporate/business meetings-- nice venue change.
If you go, post and let us know how the chow is.