Sunday, February 16, 2014

Brunch With a Twist at Wunderbar

Wunderbar in Covington began brunch service this weekend, and when I saw one of their offerings was "German Breakfast," I couldn't resist checking it out. Yep, it comes with their signature yeasty, bread-like pretzel, which is enormous (but reheats well at home). I ordered a side of beer cheese. It only seemed right.

The rest of the "German Breakfast" platter: Black forest ham, two eggs, cherry tomatoes and cucumber. It comes with grainy mustard and cream cheese for $9.

In the mood for something else off the beaten path? How about the Landjunge Frühstück: 2 eggs, bacon, sausage, goetta, corn beef hash, and a biscuit? Blueberry pancakes with sausage, bacon, or goetta were another option today, as well as biscuits and gravy.

Like the rest of the food at Wunderbar, including their rotating selection of house-made sausages, the brunch menu will shift, I'm told. Hours are 10:30-2:00 Sat. and Sun., although this place is so laid back that they were happy to serve up a couple more orders after the 2:00 hour rolled by. You can get the regular menu during brunch hours as well, which features sausages, burgers, an eclectic selection of sandwiches, some killer vegetables (their Brussels sprouts are rave-worthy), home-made mustards and a curry ketchup.

Serious food comes out of the kitchen of this dive-bar looking joint lined with picnic tables and sporting half a VW bus at one end. It's a comfortable place to while away an hour or two sipping a (spicy!) Bloody Mary or a craft brew on tap with some great blues on the jukebox. Oh, wait. There isn't a jukebox. Wunderbar just kind of lulls you into thinking it's the kind of place that would have one.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Guest Post on 513{eats}

Photo by Bob Schwartz of 5chwar7z

I had a chance to interview talented photographer and blogger-about-town Bob Schwartz for 513{eats}. Check out the guy behind the photos at the blog 5chw4r7z. My thanks to Bob, and to the ladies of 513{eats}, Gina Weathersby and Ilene Ross, for the opportunity to guest post.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Scenes from a collaboration dinner: Please at Pallet23 2.4.2014

Tonight's Please pop-up dinner was not only tasty and inventive, it was especially fun to have a kitchen-side seat to watch talented chefs work together. It was billed as a collaboration dinner between chefs Ryan Santos of Please and Julie Francis of Nectar, and included a couple more talents.

My thanks for a memorable and delicious (left to right) Dave Taylor, Ryan Santos, Julie Francis, and Amanda (sous-chef and pastry chef at Nectar).