J. and my anniversary was this past weekend, and while we went out and enjoyed a nice dinner, we couldn’t think of a better way to spend the actual day than by going and enjoying a leisurely brunch. We wanted to stay close to home, but also somewhere new, so ended up at Carmel Kitchen off of McMullen Booth.
They weren’t overly busy for a Sunday morning, which I always appreciate. The space is open and casual, with lots of wood and Mediterranean colors that add a level of warmth. Their computers had just gone down so the staff seemed a little frazzled in their taking orders, and bringing checks, but everyone was still very nice and accommodating, and apologetic of the issue.
For brunch, they had a make your own bloody mary and mimosa bar with plenty of fresh juice and fruit to accompany your drink. They also greeted us with homemade mini blueberry muffins that we easily could have eaten a whole basket of.
J. ordered their waffles, added blueberries, and a side of bacon. The waffle was huge! It was the perfect golden color with a crisp outside but still fluffy inside (basically a perfect waffle). There were plenty of blueberries throughout and the waffle was not overly sweet itself, so paired well with the sweet syrup.
I went for shrimp and grits. I was a bit put off when it was served with three large slices of jalapeno (with seeds!) on top, but I was able to remove them without getting the seeds all over my food. The shrimp were seasoned and cooked perfectly. The grits were very creamy and smooth (not gritty or chunky at all). Their creaminess paired well with the heat and acid from the creole sauce on top. A very nice balance. Easily one of the best shrimp and grits dishes I’ve ever had.
They also have a delicious looking dinner menu, and lots of wine specials. Can’t wait to stop by again!
Until next time!