Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Strand's Brunch Scores

I'm not sure why I keep doing this to myself, but I attempted to go to Sanford's again on Sunday at no avail. Instead, my friend Jenny and I headed to The Strand, which was just a few blocks down from Sac's, where we started at the Queens County Market.

When we got to The Strand, it was already pretty full and they were just setting up for live music.  We didn't want to be too close to it so we can hear ourselves speak, and therefore situated ourselves at a table towards the middle of the room.

Overall, the brunch was pretty solid and the options are exciting to say the least.  Here's what we ordered:

Pulled Pork Omelet - I've actually never seen this type of dish on the menu and was curious as to how it would taste.  It was really hearty to say the least and the pulled pork was flavorful albeit a bit fatty.  Once I got some nice meaty chunks in, I was happy, but overall, I think they could've made the meat a little leaner.  The omelet came with a side of a hash brown cake with roasted red peppers on top, which were fabulous and a super thick slice of Texas Toast.  The latter was stellar, but I could only have a little bit because it was all so filling.

Chicken and Waffles
- Jenny went for this classic Southern dish and was really happy.  The quality of the chicken was quite good and it included a mix of white and dark meat.  The batter was semi sweet, which almost felt dessert-like and coupled nicely with the spongy (and also sweet) waffle.  A side of good quality maple syrup and maple butter was a good way to put you over the edge - especially if you didn't mind the calories.

Coffee - Even though I didn't have this, Jenny ordered it.  Served in a cute little French press, each serving gave you about 2 full glasses of coffee, which came at a great value of $3.25.

Service and Cost:
Unfortunately, I can't say that the service was anything to brag about, but it's also something you come to expect at a busy beer-garden-like place like The Strand.  We had to wait a while for the check and pretty much flagged our waitress down, but aside from that, the people were cordial and upbeat.

Costs are affordable, setting us back about $18 including tax and tip.

2.5 Mmmms

The Strand Smokehouse - 25-27 Broadway, Astoria 11106
N/Q Train to Broadway

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