brunch at Station 4

Now that outdoor brunch season has finally arrived, I’m happy to be able to add a new patio option to the mix – Station 4.  I had been wanting to try the brunch ever since it was announced, but I rarely find myself in Southwest so plans to go just never materialized until last weekend when the restaurant’s PR firm invited me and a few other writers to come taste their new brunch.

We started with a round of drinks, of course – I had the SW Mimosa, which has gin, raspberry syrup and sparkling wine.  Even if you don’t like gin you should give this one a try; it was sweet but not too sweet, and came with fresh raspberries.  Other options include a bloody mary (which received high marks from one of our dining companions who is quite particular about what goes into a good bloody mary); a Waterfront Mimosa with vodka, lime, peach juice and sparkling wine; The Sunrise, with orange juice, lime, rum, lime, grenadine and sparkling wine; the French Awakening with pineapple, Grand Marnier and sparkling wine, and a Bellini.  They also have Irish coffee and The Hermit, which is coffee with chocowine and kalua for those who need a bit of caffeine with their hair of the dog.

For my entree I ended up choosing The Nationals (I guess I was feeling some hometown pride since we were so close to the ballpark), which is an open-faced breakfast sandwich on a butter croissant. The scrambled eggs on the croissant were cooked with ham, green peppers, tomatoes and cheese.   A little bit of bacon would have been a great addition but it was quite good as is.  The huevos rancheros, which the chef said was one of his favorites, looked excellent with freshly sliced avocado on top.  I neglected to get a taste of it but based on the clean plates at the end of the meal, it seemed to be a hit.  The chef’s other recommendation, which I shied away from since it seemed a bit spicy for me that morning, was the Mardi Gras omelet, which is filled with smoked Andouille sausage, red peppers, crawfish and scallions and topped with a tomato-hollandaise sauce.

If you are in the mood for something sweet, the menu includes brioche French toast with fresh fruit and homemade whipped cream, pancakes, and a Nutella croissant with fresh strawberries.  If you want to keep it healthy, they also offer fruit and granola with plain yogurt and lavender honey.  And if you want something a bit heartier, they have steak and eggs or classic biscuits with gravy.  And because no brunch menu seems to be complete without it, they have classic eggs benedict or house cured salmon with a bagel and cream cheese.

If you’re more of a lunch person, they also have a number of their pizzas, soups, salads and burgers on the brunch menu.

Station 4’s brunch has two things going for it – a lovely patio (the inside is great too, but with the weather I’m starting to fixate on outdoor dining again) and an unlimited mimosa deal.  For just $25 you can have unlimited mimosas with your entree.  And after, you can walk off your champagne buzz around the Southwest Waterfront, which has more to offer every time you turn around.

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