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Got to try the brunch at State Park. Pretty tasty!
The coffee was a little weaker than I like, but was as expected for a with-brunch cup of joe. I always end up picking up a stronger cup before and/or after at a coffee shop when I go out to brunch anyway. Decent accompaniment to the savory scone topped with everything bagel fixins, and the angel-food-cake-like coffee cake muffin. The scone was appropriately dry, crunchy on the outside, and very buttery tasting. I like my muffins a bit denser but it was good for what it was.
The bloody was nicely done– it had the right amount of salt, acid, spice (I don't love them melt-your-face-off hot), and horseradish for me– and the pickled okra was a nice garnish. I also had a hot buttered rum which was pretty exactly as you would expect it to be.
The brûlée grapefruit with Rhum Agricole was tasty. It was just enough rum to give it a slight sugar cane flavor, not boozy. It was topped with a luxardo cherry.
The bagel with smoked whitefish salad was nice and satisfying. The salad was pretty simple, but it was nicely executed. Good seasoning, good smoke, nice fish flavor. The bulk of it was definitely fish rather than sauce/binder. It was served with a pico de gallo kind of salad which, if my memory serves me well, was made with red onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, lemon juice, a little garlic, and lots of parsley. The bagel was apparently an Iggy's everything bagel. The smoke was appropriately aggressive and the onions were very forward. It all fit together well though.
The last dish, probably my favorite, was pounded-out piece of pork loin dipped in pancake batter and griddle cooked, served with sunny side up eggs and maple syrup. It seemed like it was brined in a garlicky kind of brine, and the edges got nice and crunchy. I personally skipped the syrup, but I can see why people would dig it– kind of like a chicken and waffles thing. The plate looked like it could have used another component on it, but after eating that, I can't imagine squeezing anything else in afterwards anyway.
The prices were pretty good. Low teens for brunch entrees. Brûlée grapefruit was $3.50. Drink prices were typical. We were at a fairly slow bar, so service was expectedly on-point.
It was a nice treat on a cheat day for my and my finance's low carbohydrate diet. It's definitely going to be in heavy rotation on the cheat-weekend list if we have another one in the next few mos.
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