Brunch this past Sunday was everything a good brunch should be. James Taylor crooned in the background of the bright, window lined downstairs dining room. And to start: donuts! We opted for a mocha glazed and an Earl Grey from their selection of fresh-fried donuts. Both were fantastic airy, slightly misshapen, and humongous. The Earl Grey was surprisingly sweet, with a sugar glaze and just a hint of its namesake; the mocha glaze was rich, with a semi-sweet chocolate glaze kicked up with a coffee infusion. At $3 each or four for $9, the mouth watering selection changes weekly. The Lyon Hall kitchen knows their pastries, whipping up tasty treats for not only this restaurant, but their sisters Northside Social and Liberty Tavern as well.
|Lyon Hall: Mocha Donut|
And I did not think it could get any better, but it did! B and I uncharacteristically got the same entree: three eggs your way over a short rib potato hash. One word: decadent. And this descriptor is in spite of the fact that we both chose egg whites. This dish clicked. From the foundation of wine braised short ribs seared with potatoes, to the fluffy egg whites, to the bitter greens with a light vinaigrette, the preparation was both unique and flawless.
|Lyon Hall: 3 Eggs over Short Rib Potato Hash|
Unlike on previous visits, our server was knowledgeable and attentive, even with a full dining room. I dare say that this brunch rivals the Tabard Inn (without the month wait time--at Lyon Hall we actually got a same day reservation). If you are so inclined, $5 Bloody Marys and Mimosas are also available. Two donuts, two entrees, tax, and tip came to $40.
*On a recent Sunday night happy hour trip we enjoyed $3 beers while seemingly surrounded in a sea of Match.com meet ups. Great beer and some fun people watching too. Is Sunday night the new blind date night? Let me know, dear readers, I am out of the loop!