Brunch is one of my favorite meals of the day. As a not-so-wise character once said, “Hybrid meals are for people too lazy to wake up for a proper breakfast.” Completely true, and luckily I don’t have to go far for Sidecar, which serves up various brunch dishes until 3:30 p.m. I’ve tried a few things, but I usually gravitate toward the hangover soup and steak and eggs.
As soon as the hangover soup arrives, the scents of kale and garlic hit my nose. That, along with the chicken broth, poached egg, tomatoes and floating chili pepper flakes, assures me that this will satisfy my craving for something spicy and hearty. Pop the egg and mix it in for a slightly richer texture. This soup is steaming hot and comforting for the soul. There’s no main star; each ingredient plays a supporting role, bringing out the flavors of everything else. I can see this being a lifesaver after a particularly heavy night of drinking, but it’s equally delicious for sober, hungry patrons.
The steak and eggs (pictured at the top) is a classic, solid choice. I usually get my flank steak cooked medium, and it’s well-seasoned, tender and juicy. The accompanying tomato relish and home fries are sprinkled with herbs and spices. As for the eggs, my go-to is having them poached. There’s just something about that yolk “sauce” that brings each savory component of the dish together.
I’m more undecided about the fried chicken and waffles, which comes with maple syrup and hot sauce. The batter is a bit too thick for my taste (it makes the skin overly crunchy), though the chicken inside is tender and flavorful. On the other hand, I unabashedly love the waffle. The exterior is crispier than your usual waffle, but it’s fluffy and pleasantly chewy on the inside. The corned beef hash and eggs wasn’t very memorable or noteworthy to me, but my friend enjoyed it.
As for sides, I’m not a big grits fan, but Sidecar’s cheese grits are quite good. The warm grits come topped with a slice of melted cheese, and when you mix them together, the result is creamy, buttery, lightly tangy and almost nutty. My friend swears by this version and says it’s one of the best he’s ever had.