We are having the best summer finally experiencing restaurants we’ve been talking about going to for what feels like ever. After two years of pandemic takeout and sticking to the same places (some would say sticking to the rivers and the lakes that we’re used to #IYKYK) it just feels like we’re finally getting back to experiencing life.
I’m embarrassed to say that Handsome Hog has been on my list since it was in its first location so it’s taken me damn near a decade to get there 🤦♀️. I’m happy to report, that brunch was everything I’ve been dreaming it would be, but jokes on me, because now Handsome Hog is back on the list for dinner.
Handsome Hog Hot Brown: House Ham, Pecan Smoked Bacon, Mornay, Marinated Tomatoes, Smoked Gouda, Chives, Sunny-Side Up Egg
I love brunch mostly because of the cocktails (ok, completely because of the cocktails…) I actually only like eggs two ways – egg whites only or dip-able. Because of that I almost went with the Burger, but decided to try the Hot Brown instead and I made the right decision. I am now obsessed with their house ham.
Handsome Hog Crab Benedict: Smoked Crab Cake, Mustard Greens, Pickled Red Onion, Poached Egg, Cajun Hollandaise.
Fiance got the Crab Cake Eggs Benedict which was unsurprising as it’s his go-to anytime it’s on the menu. It was absolutely delicious. He also couldn’t resist getting a side of grits which he enthused to the server were “the best grits I have ever had.”
Brunch was made for bottomless mimosas- unfortunately I’m old, so orange juice is not great for my acid reflux haha. When I was told the Mimosa of the Day was a lemonade instead of orange juice I was sold. I did cut myself off at 4 so please feel free to applaud.
Sazerac: Old Overholt Rye, Peychauds Bitters and Smoked Absinthe
Fiance couldn’t resist getting a Sazerac when he saw it on the menu. However, Sazerac on top of bottomless mimosas is what I would call a cautionary tale.
I’m a fan of their whole aesthetic and I love the themed yet “educational” art. I’d call it supper club meats farmhouse (see what I did there?!) I’d also like to share that Fiance was legitimately *giddy* when he looked behind him and saw the whisky selection.
There’s also a pretty great patio but we didn’t get to try it out because it was down pouring.
The experience was fantastic and I’m dying to get back for dinner.
173 Western Ave. N
St. Paul, MN 55102
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 11AM – 11PM
Friday: 11AM – MIDNIGHT
Saturday: 10AM – MIDNIGHT
Sunday: 10AM – 2PM
*Weekend Brunch: 10AM – 2PM