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Memphis Minnie's Brunch

Absonot | Apr 18, 2005 01:52 PM

BF and I love this place and have been meaning to try their brunch for weeks now. This Sunday, we finally got around to it. At about 10am, we waltzed right in-- the place was empty, except for one guy. No lines, no waiting!

The brunch menu offers maybe 8 options, including biscuits and gravy, poached eggs over beef hash, 2 eggs/bacon...and other stuff I've since forgotten. The man behind the counter recited a few specials, but after he said "chicken hash over griddled cornbread", I stopped listening- "I'll have that!" I said. BF got the eggs over beef hash.

The coffee is "squirt your own" with mugs and a coffee thermos provided (plus sugar and milk)...it was adequate, and refills were free.

I was so hungry that I don't know if it took a long time to cook the food or it just felt like it did. But when the food was done, there was lots of it! The beef hash was rich and smoky, with a perfect beef/potato ratio...hearty and rich...a big meal. Unless I had spent my morning plowing the back 40, this dish would have been too much for me.

My chicken hash was wonderful. I'd never eaten chicken hash before, so didn't quite no what to expect...it didn't have potatoes, which surprised me (but didn't bother me). It was a huge mass of shredded chicken, green peppers, mushrooms and onions in a lovely savory gravy, plopped on top of a plate-sized cornbread, about an inch and a half thick. The cornbread was excellent- it was very coarsely ground, so it added a wonderful crunchiness and sweetness that contrasted the chicken hash so addictively...I don't think I put my fork down once.

The entire time we were there, no one else walked in once. This troubled us-- we want this place to keep doing brunch-- but then again, we loved the fact we could walk right in and get that sunny table in the window.

But this is a late-rising neighborhood, so when we walked by again at around 12:30, we noticed the place was a lot busier- only one or two tables were empty. We're definitely going to go back, and it seems like as long as we get there before 11:30 we'll beat the crowds!

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