Friday, December 23, 2011

Brunch @ Little Giant

As much as I dislike making my way down to the LES ( its just so hard to get there!), I inevitably find myself heading there all the time for all sorts of reasons.  Recently, thought, its primarily been food and drink related (no shocker here). 

This past weekend, I made my way there for an early brunch at Little Giant.

Front facade of Little Giant
I love that you can make reservations here (even for brunch).  Readers take note though - even though their website says they open at 10am, we had to wait outside until they "opened" at 11am.  Not sure what that was about, but just wanted to give you all a heads up that if you have an 11am reservation and get there early you may end up waiting outside for a bit until they're ready.

Additionally, brunch is cash only.  This was a huge unexpected thorn in my side, but lucky for us all I didn't see the fine print until I was already seated with a cup of coffee making its way through my body and fresh $20s from the ATM in my wallet.  Otherwise it may have gotten ugly.

My glorious coffee.  Came with a charming little milk container.

OK, so not off to the smoothest start, but I love brunch so I'm not ready to write this place off yet.  Lets just try to move on and enjoy brunch.

With seating for just 35 diners, the restaurant is a small space.  Tables, however, are situated well and the room has large windows lining the walls.  This enhanced the size and enabled an open space feel.  I especially loved the unique brick ceiling. 

Large windows enhanced the space
View of the open kitchen area in the back
After perusing the menu, my fellow eater went with the Biscuit & Gravy and I selected the Cheesy Egg On-a-Roll (but substituted the roll for a buttermilk-chive biscuit).

Brunch menu
Cheesy Egg On-a-Roll Biscuit
Biscuit & Gravy
The biscuits were a touch dry, but we both were distracted by the other tasty goodies on our plates.  The bacon on my Cheesy Egg On-a-Biscuit was so crispy and tasty I was in heaven!  And the eggs were nice and fluffy and quickly devoured by yours truly.  The gravy from the Biscuit & Gravy was also delicious and went great with the runny yolk of the perfectly poached eggs.  Definitely a dish I may need to consider for my next go around. 

Another item to note for you readers - my fellow eater asked for a refill on her coffee midway through the meal.  And when the bill came, she was charged for that second coffee!  Really?  Isn't coffee usually refillable at most brunch places?  Next time, they should give a disclaimer or even better, rethink the refill policy (even Le Pain offers refills for $1something). 

So while I'd like to give Little Giant a "Yes" review given the cozy venue and good food, the fact that I have disclaimers (cash only brunch!  opens at 11am not 10am! coffee fully charged on refill!) means that this will have to be a...

Piggy says eh...

Why don't you all give it a go and let me know if I need to revisit and re-evaluate my thoughts!
Thanks for reading - Piggy KK

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