While I love spring in the city, the homebody in me secretly dreads this time of year. Weekends are always filled with outings or visitors or trips to far off places, leaving less time to brunch and relax with friends.
Luckily, I had a free weekend among the craziness and was looking forward to meeting my dear friend Simina for brunch. We’d tried Alice’s Arbor, a farm-to-table restaurant in Clinton Hill, once before in 2015, and I figured it was time for a re-review. I suggested we check it out, Simina agreed, and off we went!
Alice’s Arbor offers a pretty stellar brunch prix fixe: any breakfast plate, salad, or sandwich, plus one mimosa or Bloody Mary and your choice of coffee, tea, or OJ–all for just under $20! We grabbed a seat on their patio–one of the best patio brunches in the area–and perused the menu to decide what to order.
We both kicked things off with a Bloody, which took about 15 or 20 minutes to arrive. We didn’t mind, as we were taking advantage of the nice weather and catching up. But one would think it wouldn’t take that long to receive your brunch cocktail. This Bloody had a bit of a kick to it, which I appreciated, but it was a bit too spicy for Simina’s taste.
I was intrigued by The Jessie, the restaurant’s spin on your typical breakfast sandwich, and ended up ordering it as my main dish. Cabot white cheddar, tomato, avocado, arugula, and a fried egg were sandwiched between a buttery croissant. I opted to add bacon to the sandwich as well.
This sandwich was delicious and filled to the brim with fresh ingredients! There was a tad of chipotle mayo, but I thought the sammie could have used just a smidge more. We were also expecting the sandwich to come with a side salad or breakfast potatoes, but there was only a pickle on the side.
Simina opted for the Carolina Benedict. Poached eggs, pulled pork, and a BBQ hollandaise sauce were served on top of buttermilk biscuits with a side of breakfast potatoes. While we appreciated the inventive take on this classic brunch dish, and the flavors were great, we were disappointed this dish arrived a bit cold. It was almost as if it had been sitting on the counter for a while, waiting to be picked up.
Not one to leave brunch without a few bites of something sweet, I insisted we split the French toast. The brioche bread was perfectly cooked, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, and topped with fresh berry compote and a side of maple syrup.
This was one of the best French toasts in recent memory, but the portion was a bit small. If I had ordered this as my main course, I would have still been hungry, so I was glad we ordered it after already indulging in our main courses.
The Bitches say: B-. While everything we tried was tasty, we were disappointed in the lackluster service and lukewarm Eggs Benny. Nevertheless, Alice’s Arbor offers an affordable prix fixe that’s worth checking out if you’re in the area.
549 Classon Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Alice’s Arbor serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.