After months of anticipation, the day has finally come. Today is opening day for Lesley Bernard’s Permanent Brunch and the menu is looking good. In addition to the city’s first artisanal bacon menu, featuring rashers from across the country, the menu highlights a sophisticated take on Southern brunch classics and extends brunch well into dinner time.
An immediate standout is the Pan-Roasted Chicken & Waffle, a coq au vin-blanc braised chicken leg and w ild rice and bacon waffle served with wild mushrooms. However, the egg comes before the chicken (or is it the other way around?) and the Baked Eggs with braised short rib ragu and duck fat fingerlings sound amazing.
Other eye catching, palate tempting items include the Butter Poached Shrimp and Grits starter with sweet corn, chanterelles and tomato, the vegetarian friendly Red Wine-braised Wild Mushrooms with Salvatore ricotta, toasted ciabatta and poached egg, and the refreshing White Peach and Melon Soup with chile spiked ricotta.
Not to be confused with Odessa’s Neverending Brunch, Permanent Brunch does actually close its doors. The irony is that it’s not open for brunch hours during the week, opening instead at 5:30PM for dinner. At least it’s open until 3AM Thursday through Saturday, so you can get your late night brunch fix before hitting the hay. Afterall, you do have to be up a few hours later for brunch.