Three of us hit up Russell House Tavern for brunch yesterday and it was so good. My friend and I split the the EBLT and the crab cake sandwich while the third person ordered the anti-eggs benedict. Everything was SO good.
EBLT - this sandwich takes the breakfast classic bacon, egg, and cheese and combines it with the lunch classic BLT for a sandwich that transcends both experiences. The egg was perfectly cooked and still runny, which combined with the juices of the tomato and the mayo for a perfect sauce for the bacon, lettuce, and melted cheddar. It was served on an amazing croissant that was big enough to support all the ingredients but still tender and flaky. I am having trouble describing how something so seemingly simple could be so good but I will dream about this sandwich every morning. Yum!
Crab cake - When told by the waitress that this sandwich was served on ciabatta I was nervous that it would hard to eat but we ordered it anyway b/c we love crab cakes. This was another great sandwich. The ciabatta was actually soft so the sandwich was easy to eat and the flavor of the crab cake and the spicy aioli that was on it was able to come through. Another home run. It's also worth mentioning that the waitress informed us we could have hash browns instead of french fries with our sandwiches and we are very glad we made that switch. These were traditional hash browns like you might get in the south - shredded potatoes cooked up with seasonings - I couldn't place my finger on what the flavor was but they were addictively delicious.
The anti-crab benedict was the most un-traditional item of all - fried poached eggs served over spinach and a sausage patty with a hollindaise sauce. The flavors all worked and the crispiness of the egg was like nothing we had ever tried before. I didn't get to enjoy as much of this as I would have liked, but there was nothing left after my friend was done with it!
All in, the portions were big, the food delicious, and the prices really reasonable. This might best brunch we've ever had. We also liked that there was the upstairs that seemed more casual - and open windows to the street to enjoy the nice weather, but also the downstairs area where you could do something a little nicer if you wanted to do a special occasion brunch. We're excited to go back and try some of the other things that were tempting our palates (including a smoked brisket egg scramble!?!?!)