Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Brunch is Back in North Pacific Beach--at Table 926

Where do all the cool folks in North PB go to leisurely sip their Bellinis and Mimosas on a Sunday? Poor things have to travel a ways if they're in the mood for brunch. Oh, wait! Not anymore. Table 926 is launching Sunday brunch starting March 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chef/owner Matt Richman has been doing tastings with family, friends, and media--and is now finally ready to debut his seasonal brunch menu.

I got to enjoy a preview this past Sunday, dining to the music of Zach Barnhorst on guitar (who, apparently, also makes very cool bow ties).

Brunch is a mix of flavor profiles. There's south of the border flair, with a couple of dishes featuring a little spice and tortillas. There are the breakfast tacos, accompanied by scrambled eggs, Monterey Jack cheese, and micro cilantro--with a dash of salsa. And the creamy Chilaquiles Verdes with queso fresca, red onion, and corn tortillas topped by a lush poached egg. This was one of my favorite dishes.

Also on the menu is a Breakfast Empanada with applewood bacon, eggs, and pepper jack cheese.

Want a more healthy munch? How about a creamy/crunchy Berry, Greek Yogurt, and Granola Parfait?

Richman plated a sampler dish for us that included four of the menu items: Clockwise from the upper left are a "Bread Pudding" French toast with berry compote, maple syrup, and brown sugar; a breakfast panini on ciabatta filled with ham, slices of breakfast sausage, pecans, mozzarella, and green onion; the breakfast tacos with salsa; and a truly scrumptious Duck Confit Hash with breakfast potatoes, roasted root vegetables, caramelized onions, piquillo peppers, and a beautifully runny poached egg. This would be my other favorite.

All were enjoyable in their own way, although the bread pudding French toast could be a little thicker and the panini a little easier to eat. The flavors are all there but they just need a little more refinement.

I also loved the house-made mini blackberry jam scones served in a basket at the table. Hopefully, that will be accompanied with some creamy whipped butter.

The menu additionally includes a burger, steak and eggs, salad, and frittata. Of course, you'll get a choice of cocktails, from orange juice mimosas and bloody Marys to sangria, a vodka screwdriver, and a variety of bellinis. We had a choice of mango, prickly pear, peach, and lychee. And, Table 926 serves coffee and teas from The Pannikin.

Brunch at Table 926 is a great addition to a neighborhood lately bereft of a brunch destination. The food is lovely and Barnhorst's music adds to the relaxed Sunday ambiance. And, hey, you can park in the lot in front of the restaurant!

Table 926 is located at 926 Turquoise St. in North Pacific Beach.

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