Here in Brooklyn, we love brunch. We love to roll out of our beds on Saturday or Sunday "morning" (for most, brunch happens between noon and 4:00pm) and head out to restaurants cozy, fashionable, trendy, or classy to sip mimosas and dig into eggs, bacon, and home fries.
The B Man and I happen to be early risers these days, so by the time 10:00 am rolled around and the restaurants of Brooklyn opened up last Sunday, we were famished and ready to indulge. Bundled and hungry, we stepped out into the chilly fall air and walked to one of the gems of the Clinton Hill/Bed-Stuy area, Alice's Arbor.
Along the way, we couldn't help some fall shenanigans and glamour shots.
Once I got it together and brushed all the dried leaves off my hat, we made it to the glorious warmth of Alice's Arbor. Just on the corner of Classon and Fulton, this restaurant is a cozy, cabin-esque escape with a little urban touch. They've got a little general store pantry filled with goodies just to the left of the entrance and the rest of the place has a warm and rustic feel accented by paintings from local artists. I would have snagged a pic of the art for you, but I didn't want to mess with the artist's intellectual property and whatnot, so you'll just have to make a trip if you want to see it.
Since we got their just after opening, we got a prime seat by the windows and were instantly brought coffee and tea to perk us up.
I love any place that brings me a pot of tea, since I usually need a few to get me going. Though the pot looks small, you can get about 3 or 4 cups out of it!
We then added a few more beverages to the mix. Their mimosas are killer! Most places add about a drop of champagne to the orange juice, but Alice's adds a wee bit of orange juice to their champagne and it's glorious!
This omelette combines my favorite sausage and my favorite cheese with perfectly fluffy eggs and soft peppers and onions. And the home fires...the home fries! I don't know what they season those things with, but there is just perfect combination of spicy and smokey, and I could literally eat a vat of them and die feeling good about it.
Across the way, The B Man got the Eggs Benedict and chowed down before I could snag a pic. But trust me, it looked amazing and for those of the gluten free world, Alice's Arbor will do the Eggs Benny on gluten free bread!
After we'd stuffed our faces with much needed sustenance, we sipped on our beverages, while chatting, laughing, and people watching until I had run out of tea and he got antsy.
If you're a Brooklynite yourself and looking for a place to get your brunch on this weekend, I highly suggest making Alice's Arbor part of your brunch rotation. And if you hail from somewhere other than my lovely borough and happen to be in BK, definitely make a trip for brunch (they do dinner too, but brunch is where it's at). The atmosphere is great, the food delicious, and the service is top notch! They'll take good care of you and yours and are even dog-friendly! Now, all I need is a dog and I'll have had the full Alice's Arbor experience!