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Sunday Brunch Makes a Comeback

March 16, 2009

Sundays in Asheville have been looking bleak for the past year or so, but now that the recession’s in full force, restauranteurs are getting all creative and competitive, and I for one, find joy in that.

Jack of the Wood Irish Breakfast:  Sundays, 11am-2pm.  See if you can cram in a couple of eggs, deliciously hearty baked beans, 2 bangers, Irish soda bread, tangy spiced cheddar, roasted mushrooms, and grilled tomatoes.  I did it in 30 minutes.  Plus a pint of O’Hara’s Irish red, apparently the only macrobrew being exported out of Ireland right now.   

They also offered a yummy-looking potato-leek soup, and their formidable rueben.  The stout brownie was completely wonderful in every way:  moist, enormous, dark, and tinged with raspberry sauce.

Limones:  That’s right, it’s back!  They quit serving brunch over 6 months ago, much to my dismay, but now the economy is demanding they bring it back, for good, they say.  Oh rapture!   Churros y chocolate, lemon curd scone, wonderful, inventive, affordable entrees.  Limones at dinner is a real treat, but Limones for brunch is less stressful on the wallet while no less decadent.

Curras Dom:  Their chilaquiles are decent, their soups are authentic and hearty on a winter morning.  Curras tamales are outstanding, and their cocktails range from juicy (margarita) to crazy (avocado margarita).  My favorite drink option: the michelada.  Kind of like a Bloody Mary, but with beer instead of vodka.  Trust me, and go with Pacifico as the best pairing option with a michelada.

Sunny Point:  The old standby just gets better every day.  And I’m about to move down the street!!!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 17, 2009 11:45 am

    So glad to see that you and your wonderful reviews are back!

    I plan to head to the restaurants in the order you listed. I’m especially excited about the stout brownie at Jack’s – I made a chocolate cake with Highland’s black mocha stout for D’s birthday and the beer gave the chocolate an amazing depth of flavor that I never expected.

    And, yes, I hope many Sunday brunches will be shared at Sunny Point now that you’ll be living in our neighborhood! Hooray!

  2. the dj permalink
    March 18, 2009 1:39 pm

    Glad to see Gourmetgrrl back in action.

  3. May 26, 2009 4:57 pm


    Thinking of relocating to Asheville, would love to pick your brains about the restaurant scene there

    Robbin Haas

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