Brother Jimmy's Keg & Eggs Brunch
Breakfast-style barbecue eats -- who would dream such a thing? Brother Jimmy's BBQ in Mary Brickell Village has pulled it off. Their new Keg & Eggs brunch every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. launched earlier this summer and will continue into the fall with DJ Vertigo spinning on Saturdays.
Lyssa Goldberg Combining BBQ and brunch? That'll only happen when pigs fly...
Be it brisket hash instead of corned beef, or a chicken and waffles dish with bacon(!), the menu items are all Southern twists on the usual brunch essentials. Plates are affordable -- ranging from $11.95 to $14.95 -- and the portion sizes are generous. Plus you can go for the "brunch special" and upgrade to unlimited mimosas and Miller Light, which comes with a brunch menu entrée of your choice, for $29.95. Drink to that!
Short Order was invited to try out this BBQ-inspired version of our favorite meal of the week (possibly only meal of the day, with dishes this filling).
The Carolina Benedict ($13.95) breaks down a classic and replaces it with Brother Jimmy's best Southern staples. Remove the English muffin and sub it with sweet cornbread. But that's just the start. Instead of a wimpy slice of Canadian bacon, the star of the dish is a hearty portion of smoked pulled pork. The hollandaise sauce has hints of chipotle barbecue flavor. It's a savory creation and Short Order-recommended!
Lyssa Goldberg Pulled pork, poached eggs, and cornbread? Yes, please.
We all know barbecue sauce can get sloppy, and during brunch, it might be too early in the day to make a mess. So we have good news. The vinegar-based barbecue sauces at Brother Jimmy's (thin, liquid, and virtually mess-proof) are a great topper for the home-fried potatoes that accompany the Benedict and also the Jimmy's Lumberjack plate (eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, and potatoes for $11.95). There's original, Carolina, and chipotle sauce.
If you're more into the sweet side of brunch -- pancakes, waffles, you know the drill -- the stuffed French toast ($11.95) is the best bet. Thick-sliced Challah bread is stuffed with peanut better and raspberry preserves, dipped in a sweet batter, powdered with confectioner's sugar, and then drizzled with raspberry sauce just for good measure. The fresh fruit salad and banana slices are a bonus.
Lyssa Goldberg Stuffed french toast at Brother Jimmy's.
If you have a hankering for brunch next weekend... Who are we kidding? When you have a hankering for brunch next weekend, remember that you don't need to spend $50 on a plate or wait an hour for a table to enjoy a creative meal. Wake up Sunday morning, stumble on over to Brother Jimmy's, and eat cornbread because you can. Definitely more fun than a plate of fried ham and eggs over easy at that little Cuban hole-in-the-wall around the corner from your house.
Lyssa Goldberg Cornbread: it's what's for brunch.