The Tampa area is home to so many great local (non-chain) restaurants and bars. My fiancee, J., and I love going around town trying out new places. This past Saturday we made our way over to The Brunchery in South Tampa.
It’s a small place, and was packed when we walked in! Thankfully we were seated and helped very quickly despite the crowd. We started out with some REAL fresh squeezed orange juice served in cute mason jar glasses.
J and I have very different tastes when it comes to brunch – he likes to go sweet, while I tend to go savory. But it always works out well when it comes to sharing! We were served very quickly and the presentation was beautiful and scrumptious looking. We could’t wait to dig in.
I ordered the “Benedict Mona” (pictured above) – Poached eggs, sautéed spinach, tomato, onion, krab and cream cheese blend, on toasted English muffin with provolone cheese.
I’ve had a lot of Benedicts – they are my go-to brunch meal. But this was hands-down the best Benedict I ever had. After my first bite, I was in love. It started off with the great base of a nice crispy English muffin. The krab and cream cheese mixture I’d eat on anything. It was light and slightly sweet which acted as a nice compliment to the poached egg. The tomato, onion, and spinach added some nice fresh elements and bit of acid to cut the cream cheese as well. Of course, you can’t have a Benedict without the hollandaise, and their homemade hollandaise along with the provolone cheese added that rich element that I was looking for.
J went for the “Pancakes à la Brunchery” – topped with a special cream cheese sauce, fresh bananas and strawberries, sprinkled with powdered sugar. He was nice enough to let me grab a taste (or four!) of his delicious pancakes. The pancakes themselves were light and fluffy. That cream cheese sauce was amazing. Not overly sweet but added a decadent element to the dish. The bananas and strawberries added more of that touch of natural sweetness. He drizzled a bit of syrup over them, but quite honestly it would have been just as delicious without syrup. It was a bite of sweet perfection. The guy at the table next to us actually ordered these after his own meal because he needed to try them after seeing us order them!
I highly recommend going and checking out The Brunchery! Small and simple restaurant but they sure know what they are doing in the kitchen. I can’t wait to go back and try out so many other options on their menu!
Until next time!