D and I do not do the “brunch” thing very often for two reasons:
1) we usually have the house to ourselves on Saturday morning and we like to schlep around in our jammies and drink coffee and read the paper (the real physical newspaper, printed on newsprint) and while the morning away. The first one that gets motivated to check emails or unload the dishwasher is a dirty rat because they have changed the mood and the other invariably feels guilty and joins in.
2) we attend our neighbourhood church every Sunday morning. I suppose we could go out to eat afterwards (many people that we know, do) but we typically know what we want to prepare about half way through the sermon. I find that eggs are the easy ingredient to whip up quickly and taste like you went to an awful lot of trouble. The more cheese, butter and bacon (!) that you add to them, the better the whole brunch experience becomes.
This past Saturday, we broke with tradition and stopped in at a family owned place that we heard does a good job with serving up old school, “tastes just like home” cooking. The décor is a bit on the “old-school” side as well and not in a funky/retro way, but in a “we haven’t had to reno since we opened in the 1980′s” kind of way.
D chose a “Skillet” because he likes to eat right from the frying-pan on an ongoing basis. His eggs, peppers and cheese were a gooey concoction served over home fried potatoes. Like I said above, pretty hard to get it wrong.
I, on the other hand, being more sophisticated and refined than my husband, selected a two-egg omelet and added diced smoked ham and mushrooms. Truth is, I ordered from the Senior’s Menu and they believe that if you are over 55 you prefer smaller portions, which I do, in fact. So my brunch was a great deal and just the right quantity to boot.
I can see why this place is popular with the locals. Friendly waitresses walk through the room constantly to inquire “How ya doin Hon?” and pour a continuous stream of coffee. We met the owner at the door. He loves his business and taking care of his friends and neighbours. I guess that is what serving up comfort food is all about.
The restaurant is located in a strip mall at 35 Lakewood Blvd. It is the kind of place that Moms and families are comfortable at. The kids can make a ruckus and no one would mind. Might be a good spot to go for Mother’s Day if you live in the south end of Winnipeg.
Kath’s quote: “Be content that those who can make omelets properly can do nothing else.”-
Love-that is all.