Monday, September 27, 2010

Brunch at Benjy's on Washington

I don't always enjoy brunch. It often seems over-priced and crowded and rushed and I figure I can do better at home. But during a friend's visit to Houston, the group decided to try Benjy's on Washington which just recently began offering brunch. I was relieved because truly the one in West U. is challenging w/ it's cramped space/too many people/rushed vibe. And now I'm a brunch convert!I love the space at the Washington location anyway - spacious, warm and contemporary all at once - it just feels chill. Brunch was no exception and we enjoyed lovely, relaxed service from a precious server who clearly enjoyed providing a high level of service and truly exceptional food.
White peach and blood orange mimosas started things off right along with Benjy's version of "the wedge" made w/ Texas peaches, buttermilk dressing and feta cheese - unusual and yummy. Sarah's "clay pot" w/ egg whites, roasted tomatoes, forest mushrooms, house salsa and spinach was a healthy but delicious delight. Mary Beth and I opted for the not-so-healthy but incredibly delicious Lump Crab w/ Truffled Asparagus toast w/ spinach, eggs (requested scrambled) and piquillo pepper puree was just about the best "egg dish" can remember having. The truffled asparagus was the "spread" on the toast provided such a fantastic base for the eggs and generous chunks of super-fresh jumbo lump crab. Tara thoroughly enjoyed her crabcake w/ spinach, herbed hollandaise and "farmer's market" egg.
I can't wait to return and try the beef shortrib enchilada with poblano cream, cheddar and a fried egg!


Caroline said...

I think you might mean lump crab, not lump crap.

Jodie Eisenhardt said...

um ... yes, definitely CRAB - ha! fixed now - thanks!