4810 Hope Valley Road
Brunch: $5 – $15
Sundays, 10:30 – 2:30
I first posted this review on Carpe Durham a few days ago.
City Beverage started offering Sunday brunch (the menu) about a month ago, so it was time for a revisit. As evident from the comments on Carpe Durham’s previous review, this restaurant has a reputation for playful dishes and decor with occasionally lax service and a hipsterish vibe that some folks interpret as unwelcoming, finding the whole place overhyped. My opinion is much less complicated: it’s within walking distance of my house, and I could live off the chicken nachos if I needed to. In fact, I might welcome it.
The brunch menu has a range of specialty items, from the pricy crab cake eggs benedict at $15 to the buttermilk pancakes with choice of sides and a meat for $8. There are also many sandwiches, salads, and entrees from their regular menu available at brunch.
Coffee was so-so; I definitely think they need to step up their game for that and offer a local roaster’s beans. My bloody mary was heavy on the pepper and Worcestershire, which I like.
It came with a quintet of pimento-stuffed olives, if you’re a fan of those. For $5, it’s a good deal.
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