Now I like cooking for myself as much as the next guy, but sometimes, you just can't beat a good mid-day brunch.
I had the random pleasure of having late brunch at Spitzers Corner on Saturday, and I really enjoyed it. Not a huge menu and no drink deals (boo), but the food was very good. It was 3 pm, which is a lot later than I normally go to brunch, so I wasn't in the mood for eggs. What's the next brunch item I go for? Easy. Burger all the way baby.
Spitzers Corner offers two burgers: Hickory Burger and Kobe Burger. Any person with half a brain would probably go for the Kobe, however, I just booked a trip to Costa Rica and I need to save some dough, so the Hickory Burger was $10 as opposed to the Kobe, which was $16. Hickory won that fight. And on top of that, it was delicious.
This meat patty was at least an inch and a half thick. Juicy, cooked to medium perfection, topped with hickory-BBQ sauced onions and cheddar cheese (cheddar is $1 extra – well worth it) on a brioche bun. Like I said, the burger itself was great, especially with the thick slice of cheddar draped over it, but I'm still unsure of how I feel about this brioche bun business on burgers. I feel they add unnecessary sweetness and take away from the real taste of the burger. I'm sure there are plenty of folks who come from the school of thought that sweet/salty is the way to go for anything, but I think some things are better left traditional. Give me a good fluffy potato roll or sesame seed bun and I'm happy. Don't even get me started on people who eat burgers on English Muffins…
One downside of the burger? Nothing on the side except a few tiny, pickled vegetables. BOO. Give me fries and give them now. Spitzer's fries are crispy and well-seasoned, which makes them half-addictive and completely amazing. They give you a generous portion too, which is great because no one at our table could resist these.
Speaking of salty and sweet…we just had some salty, now let's have some sweet. My friend Jess was with me and she ordered the Vanilla Pancakes, which come stacked tall (about 4 or 5 pancakes) with a HUGE dollop of whipped butter on top and a side of fresh berries in rhubarb sauce. YUM. I'm not a huge pancake fan, but I have to admit I was a little jealous of this plate…
Did I mention this place has 40 beers on tap? Yea. And the atmosphere was really chill. I don't use that word a lot, but it's appropriate. Wooden tables (some communal) with small stools (don't come here if you need a chair with back support) and good food. As I mentioned earlier, I didn't want eggs, but I would definitely come back for the Pork Belly Eggs Benedict. I think when I read that I actually said "are you shitting me?" Definitely a must-try for next time.