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It’s been a bit rainy in Tallahassee lately, but Andy and I still managed to make it out for brunch and errands this past weekend. Since we were feeling a bit adventurous, we decided to try out a place that someone had recommended to us, The Hideaway. Attached to the back of our local tiki bar Waterworks, the hideaway offers a bright cozy atmosphere and breakfast and lunch from 7am-5pm Monday-Friday and brunch from 9am-5pm on the weekends.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to take advantage of the adorable patio area because the skies opened up shortly after this picture was taken. The interior was bright and airy, and the staff were quick to help us figure out seating and how to order. Everything is ordered and paid for at the counter and then delivered to the table; the beverage menu is on the back wall and the food menus are located in stands by the register. After placing our orders, we hopped up onto the stools at one of the tall tables and sipped on our chai lattes while our food was being prepared.
Our food came out right away, and we chatted and shared our way through the meal, like we do, and before you knew it, our plates were clean and our mugs empty.
Andy opted for the “Smothered Biscuits & Eggs”, and I went for the “Lox Benedict”. Personally I think I won the “who’s meal was better” award, but he said with a bit more spice mine wouldn’t have had a chance. Our chai’s were both nice and perfect for the weather.
Afterwards, Andy and I both agreed that we will be adding this place to our rotation. The food was good, the vibe was super low key, the staff were friendly and helpful, and you gotta love a good local hidden gem. I can’t wait to go back and try one of their famous waffles next time around.
Category: Sunday Brunch
Continuing with my new need for brunch exploration, we tried out a local favorite The Edison Restaurant. The Edison is housed in what once was The City Electric Building which was built in 1921 to help meet the demand for electricity in the rapidly growing city. It is also located near the edge of Cascades Park, so outdoor diners have the added benefit of a lovely view of the park.
Immediately, I fell in love with the decor: preserved brick, innovative fixtures, and lots and lots of light. Plus, the booth we sat in was super plush and comfy.
I kicked off brunch with a Rose Water Lemonade, and after some consideration, my dining companions both decided to go with the Steak and Eggs while I went for the Crepes Suzette and a side of the Blacked Homefries.
The crepes were okay, the sauce was pretty boozy, and since I don’t drink, I found it a wee bit off putting. The others were over the moon about their Steak and Eggs though, lending largely to the spicy cheese sauce drizzled over the egg and cheese portion of their plates. They were right; it was so good. I even traded Andy the rest of my crepes and homefries for some of his potatoes (you know once the icky steak part was gone :P).
All and all, we had a great time, and we are thinking about having Andy’s birthday dinner there later this year. If brunch is that good, I am excited to see what they can do with dinner.
Category: Sunday Brunch
After spending the last couple weekends mostly puttering around the house, I was ready to go out for a bit this weekend and, most importantly, get my brunch on. My friend Jenn and I decided to try somewhere new, and we found our selves downtown at the Southern Public House.
I was a little apprehensive going in; both Jenn and I have dietary restrictions, and occasionally when we brunch together, the serving staff or the kitchen get upset if we request modifications. I had nothing to worry about though because the server and the kitchen staff went out of their way to make us feel at home. They even ran over to their sister shop next door to pilfer some tea bags when we asked if they had hot tea!
I had the Southern Benedict (with the bacon on the side), and Jenn got the Corned Beef Hash and Eggs. I traded her my icky meaty bacon for her deliciously gluten-y biscuit (she is gluten intolerant) so things worked out quite well. I really enjoyed the food, the eggs were perfect, the fried green tomatoes were crispy and tart, and the biscuit…..oh, my goodness, the biscuit! I was stuffed, but I would have eaten another 1 or 20 if I had the chance. Jenn was a little less in love with her food (it wasn’t quite what she’d been looking for), but she said she’d absolutely be coming back to try something else.
Depending on how our weekend ends up going, I am thinking about taking Andy to Sunday brunch. I think he’ll really enjoy it 🙂
Category: Sunday Brunch