Olmsted: Brunch Without the Brunch Crowd

Homemade apple & pistachio granola in a packet

Homemade apple & pistachio granola in a packet

I don’t “brunch” because I hate that a fantastic meal has turned into a verb, connoting massive groups of drunk people downing mimosas made of a cheap sparkling drink masked as “champagne” and eating subpar (read: actually bad) food made just to feed these crowds. I’m not saying all brunch must be avoided. In fact, some of my favorite menus at restaurants are their brunch menus. And when done right, it’s really, really, freaking right.

Olmsted does it right. Olmsted is an American restaurant in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn run by a chef-farmer team growing produce in the restaurant’s own back yard. I consider it kind of like a food mecca, if you will. Chef Greg Baxtrom has worked in some of the best fine dining kitchens in America before opening Olmsted. The menu is seasonal, ingredient-driven and vegetable-heavy. It’s why I consider it a food mecca.

Olmsted has a beautiful brunch menu that’s offered not only on the weekend but on Friday too! The probability of getting a table for Friday brunch is significantly higher than getting one on the weekend. When I went in a few weeks ago, it literally felt like the start of the weekend right then and there. See what we ordered below. It was pretty much the entire menu.

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Carrot juice mimosas — maybe the only kind of mimosas I’ll ever drink

Carrot juice mimosas — maybe the only kind of mimosas I’ll ever drink

Butternut squash bread. Not pictured: Harbison clotted cream & jam

Butternut squash bread. Not pictured: Harbison clotted cream & jam

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Above: Homemade yogurt with apple & pistachio granola
Below: Egg rolls with farm eggs and Vermont cheddar

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Shaved beet salad with blue cheese and candied hazelnuts

Shaved beet salad with blue cheese and candied hazelnuts

Carrot kathi roll stuffed with carrot pulp falafel and cilantro stem raita, benefitting Dan Barber’s  wastED  campaign

Carrot kathi roll stuffed with carrot pulp falafel and cilantro stem raita, benefitting Dan Barber’s wastED campaign

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Spiral phyllo dough stuffed with spinach, feta cheese and scrambled eggs (no longer on the brunch menu so not sure what the exact name of this dish is, sorry!)

Spiral phyllo dough stuffed with spinach, feta cheese and scrambled eggs (no longer on the brunch menu so not sure what the exact name of this dish is, sorry!)

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Apple strudel sticky rolls with milk jam

Apple strudel sticky rolls with milk jam


This meal was complimentary. Thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.