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The Corner Room—Now Serving Sunday Brunch

14 Dec

Thanks to another great Living Social deal, Mark and I headed out to Corner Room for some brunch fare. I must admit my ignorance, as I didn’t even know they had brunch. I thought maybe it was a limited time thing, but I checked out the fine print and then Googled the menu and saw that indeed this was a legitimate affair. It’s something new that they are offering.

We strolled in early by brunch standards, 10:30 that morning, and were asked if we had reservations. Umm, no?! I wasn’t aware that most places even took reservations for brunch, so either I am going to the wrong places, or this was just a little unorthodox. The managed to “squeeze” us in, which was seemed odd, because only three other tables were occupied.

We sat down and quickly ordered coffee and I ordered a Blood Orange Mimosa, while Mark went for their signature cocktail, the Corner Room Corpse Revivor.

Blood Orange Cocktails Abound

The drinks were great, though mine wasn’t especially blood orange flavored. Mark’s was gin with conglomeration of bitters and other liquors with blood orange juice. I must admit, I couldn’t have cared less about it since it was made with gin. I hate gin. Mark on the other hand, thought it was wonderful. He had it made with Cold River Gin, made just up the road in Freeport, Maine.

Since we had a $50 coupon, we decided to splurge a bit and try a few different menu items. The Sweet Ricotta and Nutella Crespelle really spoke to me, because I love crepes and I adore hazelnut flavored ANYTHING.

Ricotta and Nutella Crespelles

The tiny hint of orange combined with the hazelnuts on top of the crepes really added to the dish. One of them looked a little burnt on the outside, but it tasted great, so it was more aesthetic than anything. It was not the best crepe I have had, but it was pretty darn good and we really enjoyed it overall. I kind of wish we have opted for it as a sort of “dessert” after our meal though.

For our main brunch item Mark ordered the Eggs Benedict. I swear this man is obsessed. He gets it pretty much everywhere we go, and on every occasion he deems Bintliff’s to have his most preferential version.

Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict

This was no exception. He really didn’t like the olive oil hollandaise, and I can’t say I disagree with him. You could really taste the olive oil, and if there is anyone that you could feed olive oil to without complaints, it’s us! We use olive oil in everything—including baking, but this was an exception. It just really didn’t work with this dish.

I decided to go with the rather heavy Norcino Colazione, or butchers breakfast. In Italy a norcino was a butcher who went from house to house making sausages for pig farmers. I thought the name was very clever, but this dish reminded me more of an English breakfast than an Italian one. It came with two eggs fried in pork fat, black pudding, beans, bacon rashers, and toast.

Norcino Colazione


I would like to say, this was my first experience with black pudding. For those of you who don’t know, black pudding (or blood pudding as some call it) is a type of sausage that is made from congealed blood. I absolutely love blood sausage (much to the chagrin of many people I know). I swear, I really wish more people would try it as there is no “iron” or “blood” taste to it at all. It might sound a little odd at first, but it’s been popular in countries like Germany, England and Italy for centuries.

The black pudding at the Corner Room was pretty darn good. I even got Mark to try it and he gave it his seal of approval. There were some nice chunks of beautiful white fat dispersed throughout the loaf. It had a nice saltiness and texture to it. I would definitely eat here again just to have it. I don’t know of anywhere else in town that I can get black pudding for brunch.

The beans on the side were cannelloni, and they were definitely undercooked. I am not sure if they were supposed to be English style or what. I was more confused by them than anything.

The eggs were amazing and cooked to a delicate over-easy. Paired with the thick slabs of extremely meaty bacon they were salty and delicious. No seasoning needed whatsoever. They were also beautiful and you could tell they were farm raised from the colorful orangish-yellow yoke. Delicious.

I would recommend making a reservation before you go, it will be worth your while to avoid a wait. If you are an adventurous eater, don’t forget to order the black pudding. While the Corner Room didn’t have an overwhelming ‘wow’ factor for brunch (I prefer their dinner much more), I really liked some of the items we had. The theme just seemed a little lost, if you have an Italian inspired restaurant one would think the brunch would be more Italian inspired… but I digress. While I will probably eat here in again in the future there are many other brunch spots I would rather try before coming here again.

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District in Portland—A Good Call for Great Brunch

14 Sep

Oy vey! I must say, it’s been a long three weeks. I have been traveling pretty much nonstop and then my parents came into town for a visit. It’s been killing me that I haven’t had time to post this review until now, but something just had to give. I mean you guys deserve the skinny on the District’s phat brunch.

I went to meet my friend Laura (of Fore Front Fashion fame) to borrow some clothes for my upcoming vacation and grab mimosas and brunch. We strolled down to Caiola’s, but those jokers are closed on Saturdays for brunch. We did some quick improvising and I called to make sure District would be open before heading down to their Danforth St. location. Thankfully they were! We dragged ourselves there teetering on the brink of starvation.

It was 11:00 a.m. and we were seated right away. The place wasn’t too packed and I was starting to wonder if people even knew they were open for brunch. The ambiance is bright, but definitely had a pub like feel with a visible bar and wood high top tables. I must say upon first glance around I wasn’t really expecting too much. We ordered two mimosas to start before deliberating over the menu choices.

Their menu is adequate, with something to satisfy practically anyone.

District Restaurant Portland Maine

District Brunch Menu

Laura jumped on the Ricotta Pancakes bandwagon.

Ricotta Pancakes District Portland Maine

Ricotta Pancakes with a side of Mimosa

This turned out to be an excellent choice on her part. The sweetness from the real maple syrup (?!?!) added to the creaminess of the ricotta. That lady is a pancake junkie so trust her when she says it was down right “delish.”

I, on the other hand, was intrigued by the Maine Crab Benedict with broccoli rabe and spicy lemon hollandaise.

Maine Crab Benedict, District, Portland Maine

Maine Crab Benedict

I was completely blown away by how great all these flavors paired together! The crab cake was unlike any I have had in Maine, it wasn’t fried to a crisp and filled with breading—it seemed to be 100% crab meat. Add that to the broccoli rabe, drizzle on the lemon hollandaise and dig in! The flavors just melted in my mouth. It was total brunch euphoria.

If you are looking for a solid brunch at great prices get in to District as soon as you can, before everyone in town finds out how good it is. I speculate that by this time next year we won’t be getting seated right away at 11 a.m. on a Saturday.

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