Nothing Middling About The Meridian Room Brunch
|Photos by Andrea Grimes and Man O' The Hour|
|Meridian Marys -- maybe the best in town?|
The buttershops hangover necessitated big, greasy brunch, but the snowfall necessitated not plowing into wet, slippery sidewalks in the car. Exposition Park was just about as far out of Deep Ellum as I was willing to drive, so the Man O' The Hour and I crept over to toasty neighborhood staple The Meridian Room. At 1 p.m. there was no wait for a table, and we had two garden-fresh Bloody Marys in front of us in no time.
The fact that the Meridian Room is a fantastic place to eat and drink should surprise no one. It's been a magnet for hungry, thirsty hipsters for a decade, though the quality of the fare has come to attract even the squarest of Dallasites, especially on half-price food Wednesdays. Though if you ask me -- and by reading this, you are asking me, and now's the time to come to grips with that -- Sunday is the day to beat at the Meridian Room.
The Man O' The Hour and I had fresh, inventive Bloody Marys and plates piled high with rich, flavorful hangover cures. If we hadn't had very important things to do, like playing several hours of Wii Tennis, we could have sat and sipped show-stopping Bloodys all afternoon long. Though significantly different than the present best Bloody Mary in town, available at Oak Cliff barbecue joint Smoke, the Meridian Room Bloody Mary is easily a contender for the crown.
Bloody Marys tend to have a significant pickle element -- okra, green beans, jalapeño, what-have-you -- which is fantastic and delicious, but sour garnishes aren't the only way to dress a drink. The Meridian Room includes both a standard healthy celery stalk with their beverages and a green onion. A tall, tangy green onion. A green onion that makes the drink look like, in the words of the MOTH, an "overgrown prehistoric forest in a glass." The onion added unique bite to an otherwise standard, but delicious, drink.
|Meridian Room's Cajun Eggs Benedict.|
|Gingerbread pile of pancakes.|
I was practically bubbling with cheer by the time we finished because I'd enjoyed the meal so thoroughly. As we signed our (cheap!) checks, the Looking Glass classic "Brandy" played over the restaurant speakers, which was a fine finishing touch on a unique, thoughtfully prepared brunch.