Friday, September 28, 2012
Brunch At Tryst
Rainy or cool Fall weekends are just made for brunch and we recently made the trip To Tryst In Arlington just for that purpose. I began with the Pom 75: pomegranate, lemon & Prosecco, a very nice starter beverage with that crisp taste of pomegranate.
My dining companion Dean went with the classic Bellini: Peach Schnapps, peach, Prosecco.
Tryst is conveniently located on Mass. Ave. in Arlington, almost directly across from Town Hall and the Public Library. There is plenty of parking in the area and it's also on the Minuteman Trail if you like to get in a little weekend exercise by biking or blading to your brunch destination on the beautiful Autumn in New England days. Inside, the place is bright, airy and deceptively large with a full bar and a leisurely Sunday pace. It seemed that some of the diners were relaxing and spending hours here.
Brunch begins with these fresh Apple Muffins, still warm from the oven and topped with a deliciously crispy crust that is not overly sweet.
Dean went with the Wild Mushroom Omelet: spinach, Monterey jack cheese, caramelized onions, truffle oil & crispy potatoes. A good serving of fresh greens well-dressed in a light viaigrette accompanies all dishes. The omelet was rich in mushroom flavor, the eggs perfectly turned out, a filling dish but not outlandish in portion size.
These truffle fries we shared were excellent.
I went with the Eggs Benedict: house-made breakfast sausage, griddled English muffin, 2 poached eggs, crispy potatoes & hollandaise. It may not be the healthiest option but was just right for a full, country breakfast and if you're cycling in, as we plan to do next time, what's a few calories?
I liked that the sauce was not too heavy and the eggs were perfectly runny.
A side of bacon brought us these richly-flavored slabs cooked just the way we like them, a slight bite to the tooth but no loss of taste from overcooking. Very nice.
The standout of the brunch, we both agreed, however, was the side of Lemon Ricotta Flapjacks that we ordered. The tart flavor balanced the sweetness of the powdery confectioner's sugar and butter. This is an absolute must-order for when we return.
Cocktails are $8.00, entrees range between $10-$15.00 and sides are $2-$5.00, making this a very affordable alternative to downtown brunches in much louder and hectic spaces. We feel totally confident recommending Tryst to friends and family as a great destination for brunch.
689 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA 02476