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Sunday Brunch @ Luka's Taproom Oakland

kimchee | Aug 7, 200507:13 PM

My husband & I rode our bikes to Luka's this morning to try their new "soul brunch." This is the 3rd week.

They open at 10:00 and we arrived shortly after. Had the Eggs Luka's: eggs scrambled with smoked trout, hash browns, and toast. The eggs were cooked perfectly and the smoked trout was very moist & smoky. The dish is sprinkled with fresh chives and supposed to come with creme fraiche (but they forgot). Hash browns were a good balance of soft and crispy shredded potatoes. Also had the corn and shrimp fritters with chipotle aioli. 4 deep-fried fritters along with a small salad of watercress, cilantro, and marinated red onions. The corn inside was fresh & sweet and the fritters weren't overly-greasy. A good dish, but then again I like almost anything with chipotle aioli. We had Balsamic Bloody Mary's which were fantastic!!! Made with Absolut Peppar vodka, balsamic vinegar and the rest of the usual suspects. So good we each had 2, and a refreshing change from the run-of-the-mill Mary's. The balsamic is just noticebale enough. The other drinks sounded good too: mimosas, mango (I think) bellini...

Lots of other menu offerings including grilled Frog Hollow peaches served alongside some ham and cheese, waffles, bingets with rasperberry coulis, steak & eggs, biscuits & gravy, corn & goat cheese spoonbread, wild mushroom crepes, ham & cheese crepes, catfish sandwich, their burger... and several sides like grits, corn on the cob, sauteed greens.

They play soul music (but not too loud). While there for an hour, there were only 4 other tables with customers. I don't think the word has gotten out yet. I recommend it and am glad there is another brunch option in the area. Service was good, but we sat at the bar, and like I said,they weren't busy. Burnch menu is not on the website yet.

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