It’s officially been a while since I’ve had a brilliant brunch experience. Heck, I haven’t had a swoon-worthy breakfast-lunch hybrid since my days in Philly, and that was years ago! If you’re lucky enough to be living in the area, I highly recommend Bridget Foy’s on South Street, Sabrina’s Cafe near the Italian Market, and Lacroix at the Rittenhouse. In addition to brunch, water ice and cheese steaks are other Philly notables.
My latest brunch disappointment was at Marston’s in Pasadena. The Astronomer and I met up with fellow Helix High School alum Stephanie and her BF for brunch here on a recent lazy Sunday. The Yelptards (as The Gourmet Pig would say) rated the place especially high and the Pasadena Weekly voted it Best Breakfast, so I was expecting a pretty good show.
As is the current trend with popular breakfast joints, no reservations were accepted and the wait was substantial.
After a half hour, we were seated in the crowded, but quaint cottage. I ordered the Fantastic French Toast ($8.95), which consisted of two thick sourdough slices dipped in egg batter and rolled in corn flakes. They were grilled and served with hot syrup and soft butter. The French toast was texturally intriguing, but the bread’s sour notes were a bit strange, especially with the sweet maple syrup. A couple of berries or slices of fresh fruit could have improved the composition of flavors.
The Astronomer’s blueberry pancakes ($7.95) arrived at the table burnt. Even though The Astronomer didn’t want to make a fuss, I had to step up to the plate and ask the waitress to re-do the order. The second plate was aesthetically a vast improvement, but thoroughly unamazing overall; the blueberries were skimpy and the pancakes lacked any fluff.
For me, brunch should be a decadent meal comprised of flavors and textures that are difficult to achieve in the home kitchen. Both the French toast and pancakes fell flat, literally and figuratively.
Since this post was one big wah wah, here’s a Georgia O’Keefe moment for everyone to enjoy.
151 E. Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91103