Sometimes going to brunch is a really big struggle. It’s not like you want to be in your kitchen cooking yourself a sub-par omelette that disappears in two minutes, but shlepping across town and eating something that will make you feel like a fatty for the rest of your weekend sounds just as unappetizing. In summer months especially, when subsequent hours involve bathing suits and little dresses, a thick eggs Benny sounds pretty meh.
This summer, I’ve been on a mission to find brunches that are lighter, healthier, and leave me fueled without feeling gross. As a result, my options are much more slim and I haven’t been brunching that much. It was time to return to the fold with summer winding down, and I was thrilled to stumble upon Ellary’s Greens, whose healthy-ish menu looked right up my alley.
It was a stifling hot day in the city, and Paul and I were happy to settle into the quietness at Ellary’s Greens. We stewed over the smoothie menu, both in need of something cold and refreshing.
I ended up with the cold buster, made with bananas, strawberries, peaches, orange juice, vitamin-c. This was like a tart, liquid form of a Smarty. Paul ordered the all greens juice, made with spinach, kale, cucumber, celery, and parsley, which was exactly the veggie boost he needed.
There weren’t espresso drinks on the menu, but I decided to sip on their iced coffee with nut milk instead, and saved my latte fix for Bluestone Lane across the street after.
We started with the avocado toast with tomato, which was light and refreshing. The bread was very thin, which made the portion feel smaller than the heaping avo toasts I’m used to. This really isn’t a bad thing, as it was a perfect way to begin the meal.
For the main event, Paul ordered the open-faced BLT with house cured and smoked bacon and topped with a fried egg. The bacon made this sandwich; it was thick, salty, and delicious. Our waitress explained that they cured everything in the kitchen and that it was a rather involved process..and one that we very much appreciated after taking our first bites!
I ordered the organic, cage-free egg omelet with gruyere cheese and caramelized onions for my entree. It was hard to believe this was only made with two eggs because it was so filling. We also both took note on how perfectly this was cooked. It was served with a hash brown patty that was moist without being greasy, and complemented the omelette perfectly. This just goes to show that you don’t need a monster five-egg omelette to feel satiated.
We were very full, but couldn’t resist ordering the raw chocolate mousse after a strong recommendation from Leith, the lovely owner. I wrinkled my nose at dessert-before-noon, but Leith assured us this “dessert” couldn’t be better for us. I was completely fooled because this mousse tasted like something gloriously bad for me. It was, in fact, made from avocado and raw cacao and it was absolutely amazing!
After a lovely chat with Leith about her vision for the restaurant and her unwavering commitment to serving food “she’d serve for her children”, we said our goodbyes. P.S. Keep your eyes out for a Bitch At Us interview with Leith coming soon!
The Bitches say: A. It’s hard to find healthy food that’s also this satisfying, and Ellary’s Greens checked all the brunch boxes for us. It could have been slightly livelier, but it was a 100 degree day in August. More raw chocolate pudding for us!