Everyone is always looking for a new brunch spot to enjoy a lazy weekend at and share some fine food and drink with friends. We recently were invited to try out the bill of fare at Saloon in Davis Square. A classic, large bar dominates the room in this spot with a speakeasy, Prohibition Era feel.
A jazz trio played quietly in the underground space with dark wood paneling and leather seats. It was like stepping into the comfortable, quiet, soothing past.
After a Gin Mimosa (Ford's Gin, Orange Juice and Champagne) we began with freshly made donuts, still warm, served up with a slight spicy and salty chocolate sauce. There is nothing quite like a well turned out donut to start off a weekend brunch with and this one certainly did not disappoint.
One Large Flapjack: served with blueberry sauce and whipped cream, one was plenty and it was griddled absolutely correctly, fluffy in the middle with just that hint of crispness.
The Breakfast BLT was a bit more substantial. Bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado, cheddar and a beautifully runny, over-easy fried egg is assembled between two fresh slices of brioche bread. Now THIS was brunch, just about everything one could want in a hearty breakfast all on one plate.
By now we had moved on to sipping a Bloody Mary made with an excellent house-made hot sauce.
The Braised Meat Hash was Pork, Diced Potatoes and Caramelized Onions served, again, with a perfectly runny egg. Rich, salty, meaty and delicious, this was our favorite dish.
That is, until the Nutella Crepes came along. Just a few bites of this crepe with that sweet hazelnut filling was enough but, of course, we had to finish it all.
This was also the very first event we have ever attended where all of the guest food writers were guys! A real Gentleman's Brunch but well worth the visit for anyone. We totally loved the ambiance and vibe at Saloon and any of the dishes are worth heading over to Davis Square for a visit.
255 Elm Street
Somerville, MA 0214