Thursday, May 28, 2009

Weekly Mailer Guest Food Review (Issue 05/26/09)


Let’s do Brunch!

During my road trip to Salt Lake City, I was kindly invited to brunch. Aptly, the word brunch was developed to represent a meal that was eaten as a late breakfast and early lunch. Believed to have originated in Britain by the late 19th century; the idea of brunch seemed to present a solution to those who enjoyed sleeping in on Sundays and was also presented as a replacement for the post-church, heavy Sunday dinner. Soon, brunch spread to the United States where movie stars, celebrities and the wealthy, who often traveled by transcontinental trains rides would stop for a late morning meal while waiting for their next train. Traditionally, brunch represented a rebellion to long , formal meals, but as it became fashionable in the 1950’s, brunch became more elaborate and were often enjoyed in garden settings and eventually for holidays such as Easter and Mother‘s Day. Brunch menus commonly reflect Eggs Benedict, consisting of English Muffins halved and toasted, topped with a round of cooked ham, poached egg and creamy Hollandaise sauce. Crepes stuffed with cheese, fruit tortes, smoked salmon, and omelets are also popular brunch fare. Whether shared formally or in a casual manner, it is music to my ears when I hear the words “Let’s do brunch”!


Places to Visit:


Market Street Grill/ Oyster Bar
2985 East Cottonwood Pkwy. Salt Lake City, Utah 84121Tel: (801) 942.8860 Fax: (801) 942.1809Sunday Brunch: Special Menu 9:00 am.- 3:00 p.m. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.Dinner: Mon-Thurs 5:00-9:30 p.m., Friday 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.Saturday 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. Sun 4:00-9:00 p.m.
Website:
www.gastronomyinc.com

The Cottonwood Market Street Grill is a popular dining establishment for Sunday Brunch, Lunch or Dinner. Know for their varieties of fresh seafood, the entrance of the Grill expands into a seafood market, which behind glass encasements one can marvel at the fresh oysters, fish and crab. While your there, peruse their beautiful baked goods and fruit tortes dusted with powdered sugar. Once at your table, your server will immediately plate orange glazed cinnamon rolls to curb your appetite while waiting for your meal. On this day, I could not help but notice the several choices of Oysters on the menu. From the Hunter Points out of the Hood Canal in Washington to the Fanny Bays from Ships Point, British Columbia; I chose a half dozen of my favorites called Blue Point, from Chesapeake Bay, Virginia. On the half shell they were firm, sweet and served ice cold with Lemon wedges, a Parsley Vinaigrette, and freshly shaved Horseradish on the side, $10.99. My brunch entrée consisted of the Maryland Lump Crab Cake which, as with all brunch specials, come with Eggs Benedict and choice of Market Street Potatoes or Sliced Tomatoes. An insider tipped me off that the Sliced Tomatoes is actually one, very thick slice of a Tomato topped with a layer of Parmesan Cheese and broiled. It was really good and a nice way to break-up the richness of the rest of the meal. The Eggs Benedict was very creamy and delicious while the crab cakes were filled with lump crab meat within every bite, $12.99. One of my dinning companions ordered the Smoked Pork Chop, which he enjoyed very much, although from a little bite, I felt it was a tad too salty. My other companion ordered the broiled Fresh Alaskan Halibut and although I did not try it, I couldn’t help but eyeball it the entire time. It was a very thick steak of Halibut and looked deliciously light and flaky at $16.99. When your done eating, walk off some of the calories from the Hollandaise sauce as there is a fun cable bridge that one can cross with Big Cottonwood Creek rushing below your feet and leads to a lovely walking trail.

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