This past Labor Day weekend, I was fortunate enough to join eleven other bloggers at Local 149 for a Boston Bruncher's culinary escapade. I have attended a couple of these events and by now know that whenever one arises, an empty stomach is the only way upon which to arrive. This brunch was no different as we were treated to the nines and consequently dined:)
Local 149 is located on P street in South Boston, an area I have apparently neglected in my usual wanderings. I took the #9 bus from the South End and ended up bumping into Amanda and Megan, two fellow foodies also headed to the brunch.
Upon arrival, our group quickly congregated around our designated table which was already adorned with two beautiful famer's platters, complete with house made condiments, five different cheeses and various meats.
It was difficult enough not to dig in right away as we were waiting for the rest of the group to arrive. Once the waitresses began bringing out young coconuts filled with the most tantalizing sounding cocktail however, the anticipation had built to such an exorbitant level that no missing blogger could keep us from settling into the first course. Little did we know what we were in for...
After the first course was cleared away - to which was added some fabulous oysters with homemade raspberry mignonette and pepper smoked sausage - we were given samples of their chicken and waffles. This dish was such a strong start, it was also my first go at this infamous combination and boy did it deliver. The sweet blueberry waffles were perfectly fluffy with juicy berries, just enough maple syrup and the crispy, salty chicken made for a rock star marriage. This dish ended up being one of my favorites and I couldn't help picking the last remnant off of my neighbor, Marie's, plate as it was being cleared away.
I believe the breakfast pizza was next. Made with 'everything' dough, this baby was cooked to a satisfying crispness and topped with thick bacon, their four cheese blend, arugula and...quail eggs. Another first for me, I found the quail eggs to be a bit less yolk-y than regular eggs, but with a bit of a richer taste. Needless to say, it went down a treat.
Up next we had another sweet dish: life cereal-encrusted french toast drenched in espresso martini and topped with Grand Marnier whipped cream, a chocolate stick and in my case, mangalista bacon.
I was very good with this dish and resisted eating the whole thing- don't worry though, I got mine (and Marie's) leftovers to go;)
At some point in between this dish and the next, we were served mimosas. The robust colour and great pulp made me think of sunsets - this drink will do well in the summer or winter.
Also at this point, my stomach was really starting to feel a little less empty...to say the least. The next two dishes however, somehow made it in.