Review By: Amanda Capazzi -
Ever since The East Pole Restaurant and Bar opened it has attracted locals during all hours of operation. The tiny restaurant housed in a brownstone building has become a neighborhood gem – before dinner cocktails and light bites for some, weekend brunch for others, and the rest make a night out of it.
I was able to wake up at about 10:30am and beat the brunch rush – somehow, my boyfriend, Brett and I were seated by 10:45. Not only that, we were the only ones in the restaurant aside from two other tables of older folks — Shocking! I began to discuss to whole menu with our waitress, keeping an ear open for the seasonal selections. The East Pole menu features simple plates with a focus on sustainable, seasonal ingredients and locally sourced.
We started with a green juice to share. The juice was very fresh with a nice hint of cayenne pepper within. I do not typically go for juices with celery, however, the apple flavor masked the taste completely – it was delicious. It’s hard to start a day without some green energy, but my day certainly cannot be continued without caffeine. I ordered a cappuccino, topped with extra cinnamon of course. All coffee and teas at The East Pole come from one of my favorite coffee shops downtown – Laughing Man.
Delicious coffee must ALWAYS be paired with a sweet at brunch in my book. So naturally, the pumpkin bread and apple butter was the next food item I ordered. The waitress delivered the plate, which was finished in about 3 minutes. The bread had a pound cake texture with crispy, sweet edges. It was the best breakfast treat I’ve had in a while-not too sweet and subtle winter spices. Brett even enjoyed this lovely brunch appetizer. He does not usually enjoy sweets- he’s savory all the way!
We split the avocado toast as an entrée. This dish was the highlight of our meal- comfort food at its finest (for me at least). The fresh bread was split into 4 slices and slightly toasted. The slices were smeared with avocado puree, topped with a house-made hot sauce served alongside a few soft boiled eggs. It had a beautiful presentation, garnished with some fresh cilantro.
If you are an organic foodie, this place is a MUST. For those of you who are not, I think you’ll still fantasize over their avocado toast.
Make a reservation at The East Pole!