Sunday, September 10, 2006

Brunch at the Bayou - North 2nd Street, Harrisburg

1530 North Second Street
Harrisburg, PA

I already reviewed this place for dinner, but it is worth a second entry for Sunday brunch. Reminiscent of the famous Brennan’s in New Orleans, the brunch menu offers many Cajun favorites and lots of food…this is not just a bagel and coffee!

My friend and I shared a delightful bottle of bubbly and not too dry, not too sweet Sonoma County Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvee’ 1997 Brut. Champagne makes any occasion special; this brunch was certainly well worth it.

We started with an appetizer of the Crawfish Pies with Remoulade. They were very flavorful and not too spicy and the puff pastry was flaky and light. How often do you get an appetizer with your breakfast? Then we had two different variations of eggs benedict – Oyster Benedict, which is the traditional English muffin and poached egg but topped with fried oysters and a hollandaise sauce with a kick. The other was Eggs Bayou Lafourche – also an English muffin, poached egg and hollandaise sauce but with a delicious and slightly smoky andouille sausage. Both were delicious.

We topped off our meal with an unusual lemon pudding cake with vanilla bean whipped cream. I don’t know how to describe this wonderful dessert. It is not dry like a cake, not squishy like a pudding. You will just have to try it for yourself.

Another classy touch of this classy restaurant is the strong and authentic French press coffee they bring right to your table. You get to press it yourself. A perfect balance for crisp bubbly champagne.