Olmsted: Brunch Without the Brunch Crowd
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.
Above: Homemade yogurt with apple & pistachio granola
Below: Egg rolls with farm eggs and Vermont cheddar
This meal was complimentary. Thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.