If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed I'm not in Brooklyn right now. I am, yet again, in Florida visiting The B Man while he works. Visiting might be the wrong word, I fully tagged along.
Lucky for me, my glorious friend, Kellen, had some time off and decided to hop on over from California to spend the week exploring. Naturally this led us to eat a lot.
If you Google West Palm's best restaurants one name pops up again and again, Hullabaloo. I'd been there once before for a boozey dinner and thought it might be nice to check out what their brunch had to offer.
So in the scalding heat of the Florida mourn, Kellen and I walked over to West Palm's Clematis Street to enjoy a ladies brunch.
The menu is fun, sophisticated, and filled with delicious dishes to stuff your face with and the decor is a hipster nod to old Italian eateries.
Antique mirrors? White brick walls? Yes, please!
With rockstars on the wall and next to a list of Italian meats, who wouldn't be happy? (Is my Brooklyn showing?)
I spent much of the meal being obsess with these periwinkle flowers. Anyone know what they are?
Our much-needed cups of coffee arrived in delightfully mismatched cups and saucers.
If you ask me, the world would be a much better place if we all drank coffee and tea out of pretty cups on saucers rather than paper to-go cups and cheeky mugs (although I love mugs that are the size of small bowls too). The whole restaurant feels like a nod to the old world where people took their time eating and sipping of espressos.
I'll drink to that any day!
An amazingly friendly server name Andrew, took great care of us keeping the coffee coming and advising me on hot sauces (more on that in a bit).
He was even polite enough to pose for a picture!
But let's get serious here folks, Hullabaloo has some seriously delicious food coming out of it's kitchen.
Kellen got the Oven Roasted Egg with pork belly, sauteed peppers and onions, Fontina, Provolone, Gruyere and grilled ciabatta.
Look at that sexy mess of cheese.
The egg, peppers, onions, and pork belly are layered under all the cheeses and baked to gooey perfection. I got some serious dairy-envy as Kellen explained that the construction of the dish made it so you got a little bit of everything in each bite.
I opted for the Denver Omelet (without cheese, stupid dairy intolerance) and seasoned fingerling potatoes.
The omelet and potatoes were perfectly delicious on their own, but I need a little spice in my life, so I asked Andrew for some hot sauce. I was expecting some good old Tabasco or Cholula, but Andrew knew where it was at and brought me Hulaballoo's homemade habanero hot sauce.
I gingerly dipped my spoon in, took a taste, and then promptly dumped the entire ramekin all over my food.
The habanero hot sauce is one of the most delicious hot sauces I've ever tasted. It was spicy, warm, tangy, zingy, and left my whole mouth burning in the best way possible. It was hands down the best part of my meal.
Kellen made a note in to use more hot sauce.
We sipped, nibbled, chatted and at one point laughed so hard I almost peed all while the Hullabaloo staff provided us with warm hospitality and unlimited coffee.
And after the meal was done, we wandered out to take a look at one of the more unique outdoor dining facilities I've ever seen.
When you get to the backyard, there are of course the regular old tables and chairs everywhere, but there is also an old airstream trailer that has been turned into a dining car!
I've actually had the pleasure of eating dinner in the airstream when I was here in January and it is a festive, fun, and original place for a party or just a gathering of friends with fun tastes!
It's a bit awkward to photograph with the wires hanging about, but trust me, you want the fans and AC and it's not even something you notice when you're there.
What you will notice are the kitschy flamingo lights, and the amazing mural by my friend and local artist, Amanda Valdes!
I can't even tell you how cool it is to turn a corner and see a work of art by a friend of yours! Way to go Amanda!
Kellen and I had an amazing brunch at Hullabaloo and I can only give it the highest of praise. From the outstanding service and delicious food, to low-key yet sophisticated atmosphere, Hullabaloo is a complete delight. If you eat at one place in West Palm Beach, eat at Hullabaloo and make sure you order the hot sauce!