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by Jan and Ralph Rosenfield

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DRUNCH EATERY AND BAR
September/October 2107 Issue

Chicken and Waffles

Is this a breakfast place for dinner, a dinner place for breakfast, or what?

To be honest we had no clue until we finished our meal. We happened upon Drunch while driving up N. Fourth Street in search of something quick and inexpensive for dinner. Intrigued by its modern design amidst a string of new restaurants, breweries, and bars, this one at 995 N. Fourth St. drew us in.

There are a lot of things to like. Open and airy, with a unique menu posted on notebook paper (actually a well-diguised whiteboard), Drunch features a variety of unique offerings. Have you ever had Avocado Fries? They’re on the menu, along with Fruity Pebbles Cheesecake, the Drunch Burger, and three varieties of Drunch Wings – Angry (habanero and sour cherry), Happy (pineapple teriyaki), and Playful (bourbon maple and bacon).

We had the Super Salad, made with quinoa, walnuts, pomegranate, microgreens, onion sprouts, sweet potato, and feta, with a matcha vinaigrette. Priced at $11, it’s worth every penny. We also had the Black Bean Burger ($12), with cilantro lime crema, microgreens, house pickles, and a small house salad. I requested ketchup on the side, as I often do when ordering things I’m not sure of. My request soon prompted one of the owners to come over to our table to ask, “Why the ketchup?” I told her that quite honestly I did so that in the event the “veggie” burger wasn’t very good I could add the ketchup to make it more palatable. I quickly and happily added that she should not worry – I had used none of the ketchup, and her burger was quite good, just as served.

This was our first time here and we look forward to a return trip, as we feel it has many things we need to try. Maybe next time we’ll go for Chicken and Waffles (cheddar cheese waffle with Tabasco, and bourbon maple syrup), or possibly the Drunch Fry Up (2 eggs, choice of meat, homefries, toast, and a cup of fresh fruit). And we’re almost certain to line up for the Challah Back (bruleed challah French toast with smoked caramel) and the Drunch Stack (pancakes with orange ginger syrup and hibiscus butter)!

Oh – and the BEERS! Choose from a great selection of craft beers on tap to go with your French toast or burger (we had the delightfully spicy Land Grant Greenskeeper). And we’re told that outdoor patio dining is in the works. So stop on by and try a Drunch – whether its breakfast for dinner or dinner for breakfast, we love that this place offers such a creative twist on some classic old standards.

Drunch Eatery + Bar, 995 N. Fourth Street, www.druncheatery.com, 614-420-2121, Hours: 7 Days 8a - 8p. A brunch-focused gastropub with emphasis on locally sourced foods.

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