After a week of soft-opening brunches, John Gorham makes things official at the hotly anticipated Tasty N Alder, the West End outpost of his wildly popular brunch spot Tasty N Sons. The restaurant, which occupies a once much-rumored-about corner of SW 12th Avenue, features 60 seats and window views of downtown's historic First Presbyterian Church. (If lines mimic those at the N. Williams mothership, expect spill-over onto the eight-seat bar.)
As previously reported, chef Kyle Prewitt spearheads the opening brunch menu (the steakhouse-inspired dinner service won't officially launch until February 20). Though the menu features some Tasty N Sons favorites (chocolate potato doughnuts, polenta and sugo), Tasty's most iconic dishes, shakshuka and Burmese pork stew, are absent from the downtown endeavor. In their place come items like Korean fried chicken, a take on bibimbop with bacon and eggs, and schnitzel served with an over-easy egg, ham, havarti, and cabbage. Brunch diners can get a little taste of the upcoming dinner menu in a steakhouse sandwich, featuring smoked coppa with fried onions and horseradish.
The morning cocktail list, meanwhile, features four takes on the Bloody Mary (the Asian-leaning "Dim Summore" includes hoisin, lime, sriracha, and ginger) and five Champagne-based cocktails. Boozy milkshakes, like Grasshoppers and a take on the Brandy Alexander, will also be available during brunch.
Tasty N Alder is open now, hours of operation: 9a.m. to 2:30p.m., seven days a week. Dinner and happy hour services will begin later this month.
· Tasty N Alder [Official site]
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