Brunch report: What's new for weekend dining
Hollandaise, waffles and hair of the dog: Brunch is the sport of day-drinking and eating breakfast food past noon.
It's a social hour for friends, a kick-start to a productive weekend day (so long as you don't overdo it on the Bloodys) and a smart way for restaurants to increase daytime sales.
This month some new options are coming to the brunch scene.
Saturday will be the first brunch at Otus Supply, 345 E. Nine Mile in Ferndale. This bar, restaurant and music venue is known for locally sourced and inventive dishes. I love their attentiveness to bread and other carbs like pastas and wood fired oven pizzas.
On chef Myles McVay’s new brunch menu, launching this weekend, there are lots of indulgences like cinnamon sourdough pancakes and ham and cheese croissants. The standard brunch cocktails are joined by micheladas and gin with fresh-squeezed juice.
Otus Supply’s brunch is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Seating is first come, first serve.
Micheladas, mimosas and Bloody Marys can also be found on La Noria's new brunch menu, debuting on Nov. 11. The Sunday-only brunch, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. will have crepes and other goodies (the menu is still be finalized).
La Noria is at 5517 Michigan in Southwest Detroit. Call (313) 338-3545 to reserve a table.
New restaurant Hazel, Ravines and Downtown, which opened just a few days ago, isn't waiting around to launch brunch and is offering it the first weekend it will be open. Look for standard brunch dishes, globally inspired entrees and trendy items like a trio of toasts: avocado and egg, goat cheee with honey and prosciutto with cold butter.
This new eatery and convenience market is right on Woodward at Maple in downtown Birmingham. Seating is first come, first served.
Not all brunch options are ongoing. Our dining scene is awash with pop-up events for all meals. On Nov. 11, pull up a chair or bar stool at Nancy Whiskey's in Corktown for Street Beet's one-day-only vegan brunch, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Like the name implies, the menu will be 100 percent free of animal products. Street Beet chefs Meghan Shaw and Nina Paletta will serve a breakfast burger made with an Impossible burger patty, biscuits and gravy, "fake chicken" and waffles (southern-fried tofu), a breakfast "crunchywrap," hash browns and pumpkin spice latte doughnuts.
The two women are also behind the popular "Taco Hell" pop-up, which recently packed PJ's Lager House, also in Corktown. Here, they make vegan versions of Taco Bell menu items. Taco Hell returns to PJ's Nov. 12-13.
Hazel Park hangout Joebar hosts brunch Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10 a.m., and this Sunday brunch-friendly food mingles with the words and music of Joni Mitchell for a special event.
Celebrating the release of her new book “Joni on Joni: Interviews and Encounters with Joni Mitchell,” author and former Detroit News music writer Susan Whitall will be in attendance along with WDET’s Ann Delisi, who will spin tunes 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The brunch menu will feature green shakshuka egg dish and Atwater pumpkin spice lattes made with Atwater PSL simple syrup, espresso and steamed milk.
Joebar is at 23839 John R. Seating is first come, first served.