Ahh, brunch. That is one six-letter word that brings a smile to my face.
Jimmy and I love Sunday brunch – it’s basically what we look forward to all week. Okay well, we don’t do brunch every week, but we would if we could! We have visited several restaurants around Jacksonville for Sunday brunch, including Crabcake Factory, Casa Marina, Wild Wing Cafe’s Blue Jean Brunch and a few others. Our favorite, though, is Corner Bistro and Wine Bar, whose brunch menu consists of unique omelets, salads, quiche and one-of-a-kind entrées.
This Easter Sunday, Jimmy and I joined forces with the regular crew and headed to Corner Bistro for a holiday Sunday brunch. They have a beautiful indoor dining room with a large U-shaped bar in the center and a piano tucked away in the corner, but we always prefer the patio. It’s just so peaceful and has a beautiful view of the lake. The weather was perfect, the sky was bright blue and the company was unbeatable, as always.
Our server (who calls us Corner Bistro groupies because we frequent there so often) comes for drink orders. First thing’s first – bottomless mimosas, please! For $14 you can enjoy all the mimosas OR sangria your little heart desires. (Our waiter was wonderful and gave us these wine glasses instead of champagne flutes .. he knew it would save him several trips.)
I do wish you could switch alternate sangria and mimosas, but their mimosas are so good I guess it’s not really necessary.
I am a creature of habit and when I find something I like, I typically don’t tend to switch up my order too frequently. (I usually order the Croque Madame, which isn’t on their menu anymore [sad face], or the Bistro Filet Omelet.) But, since it was a holiday, I decided to switch it up and go for the special. I am also not much of a lamb person, but it sounded too delicious to pass up. And boy, it was.
The entrée consisted of braised lamb, a scalloped potato cake and green beans ($13).
I am not too huge on green beans, but I must say, these were phenomenal! They were sautéed with almond slivers and were wonderfully seasoned.
The lamb was extremely tender, juicy and flavorful. I ordered it medium and it came a little rare for my taste, but was still delicious. I ate around the super-pink park and took it home to-go, knowing it would cook a little more when I reheated it. (It was too big to eat, anyway!)
And the potatoes. Oh my gosh, the potatoes!
They were ooey, gooey, cheesy, and oh-so flavorful. Layered scalloped potatoes, ham and cheese. I could have eaten an entire pan of it!
But … my favorite part. (And call me a pig, if you must. I just couldn’t resist ordering them.) Smoked Gouda Grits ($3.50). Yes, you heard me right.
I discovered these several months ago when they came as the side to an entrée I ordered and have ordered a side of them ever since. I was speechless! Trust me – being a Georgia girl I know good grits, and these take the gold. They’re not listed as a side item, but ask and you shall receive. Pure creamy, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness.
I obviously hated every bite of my meal.
Three out of the five people at our table ordered the special, Jimmy ordered the Bistro Filet Omelet with caramelized onions and boursin cheese ($12) and Aaron ordered the Applewood smoked bacon and brie omelet with egg whites ($12) – all of which was amazing.
Once we were all stuffed to the brim, we had our server take a group photo of us for our wonderful holiday memory.
And of course we had to get a picture with the Easter Bunny!
If you’re budget-conscientious like me, flip through the Valpack coupons or Money Mailer prior to dining. You will find coupons from time-to-time, and they’re pretty consistent about running Groupons or group deals. It’s definitely worth the splurge though, coupon or not.
We just moved from Tattersall at Tapestry Park, the apartment complex right behind Corner Bistro, and the thing we miss most is being able to walk to CB for happy hour or brunch … and being able to walk home after bottomless mimosas.