I don’t know about the rest of the population, but sometimes my brunching needs to fall on a day other than Saturday or Sunday. In fact, I would say that happens regularly. Most recently it was the day after six of my girlfriends and I had our annual dinner date with a side of Blue Post. Naturally, we needed mimosas and a carb-loaded breakfast to set us straight after a late night. So, three of us jumped in the car, and off we went to Brunches at Mayfaire to satisfy our weekday brunch cravings.
We arrived around 10:30 a.m. on a Wednesday—and the place was packed. Luckily, there was a four-top ready for our trio and we were seated immediately.
A quick glance over the beverage menu and it was a no-brainer: two mimosa flights, please! The slogan of the restaurant (and the website URL) is “mimosas made me do it,” so I had to know. What would mimosas make me do? Would my day go off the rails? Would I need an alibi? In reality, they just made me go back to the house and rewatch “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before,” but the day could have taken a turn. I just know it.
The flight included four 5-ounce pours of different varieties of juice, garnish and of course bubbles. There was a traditional mimosa with OJ, a bellini with peach juice, a tropical one with pineapple, and another with cranberry. My favorite was the tropical, but they were all sparkly and yummy. There was an option to get the flight “loaded” with accompanying flavors of Absolut vodka, but since I drove to brunch, I wanted to be able to drive home.
The menu has all of the brunch staples, such as benedicts and chicken and waffles. There’s another section where any combination of things can be made into a burrito, a bowl or an omelette, which was nice and lent variety. I went with the Notorious BLT, and my friends decided on the crab cake benedict and huevos rancheros. I like to have something sweet at brunch, so I ordered the tres leches French toast for the table.
My sammie was a little fancier than the classic, swapping out reguular tomatoes for fried green ones, adding an egg cooked-to-order and bacon jam, in addition to bacon. I wish when I read the menu I noticed the sandwich is sans condiments. Rather than over-medium, I would have gotten my egg over-easy instead so the yolk could act as a condiment. The fried green tomatoes were sliced medium-thin and perfectly crispy, and the bacon was cooked the way I like it: mostly crisp with a little chew on the fatty ends. The bacon jam didn’t do it for me. It was quite sweet and not much else, and, actually, the sweetness overwhelmed the sandwich. When our kind server took my order, she confirmed fries for my side. Alas, the fries never arrived. My meal was a swing and, well, not quite a miss, but I wouldn’t order it again.
The huevos rancheros were rich and refined. The roasted pork was cooked perfectly, carnitas-style. There were lots of bright tomatoes; the ranchero sauce and guacamole were acidic, hearty and citrusy. The only thing that fell short were the refried beans. The table agreed black beans would have improved the texture. While still meaty, they are just a little more elevated than refried beans. With two over-easy eggs on top, the dish was still tasty as can be.
The crab cake benedict was my favorite thing on the table. I’ve been disappointed by many a benny where the English muffin wasn’t toasted, so Brunches was already way ahead of the curve. The crab cakes had just enough mayo, not too many bread crumbs and yummy spices, including a little bit of zing from cayenne. I gotta give a nod to the kitchen, too, because every egg on our table was cooked perfectly, including the poached eggs on the benedict. They were runny and a little jammy, without any uncooked whites. Score.
The tres leches French toast was very decadent. I particularly appreciated the strawberries generously sprinkled on top, which offered brightness. I loved the taste of the French toast, and the dreamy caramel on top made it luscious. I found it to be a little soggy overall, so I think a little crunch or caramelization would have given it a boost.
We did take a peek at the lunch menu, after we saw a server whisk by with a tray of handhelds. A Buffalo chicken sandwich caught my eye, as did a plate of BBQ pork nachos. I’ll definitely come back when I’m feeling less brunchy and more lunchy.