We attend lots of Saturday and Sunday matinees in the theatre district and we’re constantly on the lookout for restaurants in the area where we might enjoy an interesting weekend brunch before settling in for an afternoon’s theatrical entertainment. Here are two we’ve been to recently that we can heartily recommend:
Delta Grill, located on the corner of Ninth Avenue and West 48th Street, serves a wonderful array of Cajun, Creole, Southern and Soul Food. The signature dish on their weekend brunch menu is “Magnolia’s Decadence," consisting of potato stuffed with two eggs, onion, cheddar cheese, scallions and bacon. Delicious and reasonably priced at $11.
Other brunch choices at Delta Grill include their “Bayou Omelet,” with your choice of fillings ranging from andouille sausage, ham and bacon to crawfish tails and more ($11); “French Quarter Toast” with pears, strawberries and country syrup ($10); a “Jambalaya Omelet” ($12); a “Red Beans Omelet” with andouille sausage and cheddar cheese ( $10); and much, much more. If you do got there for brunch, try washing it all down with a bottle of Turbodog, a dark brown strong ale with a sweet chocolate-toffee like flavor, brewed by the Louisiana-based Abita Brewing Company.
Mont Blanc, located less than a block away from Delta Grill on West 48th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, is a strikingly different restaurant but an even better deal if you’re looking for a great weekend brunch. The restaurant has an old world charm and specializes in Swiss, Austrian and Italian food. Its “Weekend Brunch,” prix fixed at just $13.50, is an absolute steal, including not only a variety of entrees but also coffee, tea or herbal tea and a choice of either a bloody Mary, a mimosa or champagne.
What makes Mont Blanc so special is its wide variety of unusual brunch entrees. “Eggs Benedict” (with hollandaise sauce and potatoes) are available with Canadian bacon, or with smoked salmon, or with crab cake. “Specialty Omelets,” all of which also include potatoes, are available in several versions: with shrimp, tomato and parsley, or with Portobello mushrooms and Swiss cheese, or with fondue cheese and scallions. “Frittatas” (again with potatoes) also come in three versions: Italian Tomato with basil, mozzarella cheese, and penne; Greco with spinach, mushroom, and goat cheese; and Norwegian with smoked salmon, onions, capers and asparagus.
If you do go to Mont Blanc, the only problem you’ll have is deciding what to order. But based on our experience, whatever choice you make is bound to work out just fine.