I haven’t loved brunch enough this year. I can only recall venturing downtown voluntarily to try a new brunch spot four times this year (really – Fat Pasha and now-closed Wind Up). Lisa Marie was on my 2016-brunch-history twice. I’m not a stickler about getting up so early and making the journey south for a meal then figuring out how to carpe diem. If I’m making a day of it, I better have 10 other things planned.
For our very final brunch of 2016, we went on an irregular day of Tuesday. Lucky for us, Lisa Marie had brunch during the final week all week long! The previous time we made our visit, our plates were light. We’re talking shakshukka and some bready item that I’ve forgotten. Our plans were for a visit to the shops for Boxing Day leftovers, snacks at Ebisu and a Curry Tsukemen at Ramen Isshin. Little did we know that we would be far too full.
This round, we went heavy. Sausage meatloaf on a brioche with a poached egg and hollaindaise and a double-stacked pancake burger with maple syrup for drizzling (real mcgriddle vibes here). For sides, we were taking in the last loads of calories that we can suck in before the “new year, new me” 2017 New Years Resolutions come around. This meant crisp, delicious, perfectly spiced pad thai fries and dijon mustard rolled duck fat taters. Absolutely delicious and the most wonderful way to end the year.
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