1 / Shady Grove
Warm up from the brisk outdoors with new winter menu items at Shady Grove. Try the smoked BBQ brisket sandwich with cheddar cheese, coleslaw, and a sunny-side up egg; or the Portobello tacos with pepper jack, avocado, salsa fresca, and Mesomex’s Fresco, a locally made Serrano cilantro sauce. If you’re in need of some extra heat, sample the blistered shishito peppers with Asian sea salt, Sambal aioli, and a lime wedge. Yum! Side note: Shady Grove is now offering its upstairs as “a premiere event space in the East End with an available, full commercial kitchen and bar.”
2 / Bigham Tavern
Go Bigham or go home! Bigham Tavern ups the ante on comfort food with its skillet mac ‘n cheeses in all varieties. Photographed is the restaurant’s Buffalo Chicken Mac, comprised of gourmet cheeses and bleu cheese crumbles, grilled chicken, Bigham Tavern’s original sauce, celery, carrot, and Panko. The Smokehouse Mac, made with gourmet cheeses and smoked gouda, pulled pork, Memphis sweet drizzle, and Panko is a fan favorite, according to Director of Marketing, Public Relations, and Management Sarah Wilderman. Starting at $6, you can build your own mac with items such as crab, a fried egg, onion, green pepper, shaved Parmesan, any wing sauce or dressing — the list goes on. The restaurant encourages creativity and custom orders, so take advantage!
3 / Walnut Grill
If the all-you-can-eat brunch buffet isn’t your scene, choose from the chef’s à la carte menu of delicious offerings. The Stuffed French Toast Croissant, prepared with strawberry cream cheese, mandarin orange syrup, powdered sugar, and home fries is a fabulous choice. Top it off with the restaurant’s Mimosa, made with Champagne, a splash of Triple Sec, and orange juice. If you’re feeling like Eggs Benedict, Walnut Grill serves them “Oscar Style,” with a toasted muffin, asparagus, grilled Black Forest ham, hollandaise, lump crab relish, and home fries. Sold! Brunch starts at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Says Corporate Executive Chef Randy Simpson, “These are all great, new, and exciting alternatives to help round off the Walnut Grill experience.”