Time and time again, I’ve walked past Allswell and remarked “This place looks so cute, we have to try their brunch soon!” Unfortunately, I always seemed to find myself on the way to a different establishment and didn’t have time to stop.
That is until I finally decided to venture to Williamsburg with the sole purpose of brunching at Allswell–everything else could wait until after I had checked this off my bucket list. Knowing this seasonally-driven gastropub had a reputation for getting crowded quickly, we headed out early and arrived at the restaurant around 11:30 a.m.
The small, rustic dining room was almost full, but not packed, and we were lucky enough to get seated in an adorable corner booth right away. The decor was very old-world European and reminded us of a Belgian pub we visited on a recent trip to Bruges. We loved the huge communal table in the center of the space, as it gave it a beer hall-like feel.
Per our usual routine, I decided to try the House Bloody Mary and Fields ordered a craft beer from a local brewery. We both were also desperately in need of some caffeine, so we requested two cold brews off the bat.
The Bloody Mary mix was blended in-house and infused with fresh horseradish. The fresh ingredients really shone through and made this cocktail refreshing and enjoyable.
Allswell’s brunch menu is pretty simple, and nothing really jumped out at me at first. Then I saw the biscuit and ricotta starter. I’m a big fan of sweet and savory brunch dishes, and immediately placed an order for us to share.
The biscuit was flaky and slightly salty, while the ricotta was served warm and drizzled with honey. This dish was simplicity at its finest. No over-the-top ingredients, just pure flavor. Trust me when I say that this is a must-order and one of the best brunch dishes I’ve possibly ever had.
Simplicity had served me well so far, so I decided to order the classic egg sandwich as my main course. Given the option of bacon, sausage, or avocado, I went with sausage. The juicy patty was topped with white cheddar cheese and an over easy egg and served on a homemade English muffin.
This sandwich was divine. The egg was perfectly cooked and well-seasoned, the sausage patty was bursting with flavor, and the house-made English muffin was light and flaky. I topped the sandwich with a few drops of Allswell’s homemade hot sauce, which gave it some extra oomph. I also loved the delightful mixed green salad that was served on the side and tossed in a savory champagne vinaigrette.
Always a sucker for fried chicken, Fields ordered the crispy chicken sandwich. Topped with red onion and fresh lettuce, the chicken was hearty and bursting with flavor. The onion and lettuce gave the sammie a nice crunch and the added hot sauce provided some spice. We both couldn’t stop snacking on the crunchy, salty fries served on the side. Fields’ only complaint was that the sandwich was loaded with mayo; he had to scrape some off.
Don’t be like me and pass Allswell over and over, telling yourself you’ll go next time. As soon as you set your eyes on the old vignette hanging outside, cancel the rest of your plans and go enjoy one of the best laid-back brunches in the ‘Burg.
The Bitches say: A. Allswell serves up a can’t-miss brunch, and proves that simple ingredients can go a long way. This Williamsburg spot should be on every Bitch’s bucket list.
Allswell serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.