For me, this summer was all about recharging: recharging my mind/body/soul and recharging friendships. I tend to be a bit of a hermit during the winter months so during the summer I try to be out and about, surrounded by friends as much as possible. I’ve found that the older I get, the harder it is to see my girlfriends and this summer was no exception. Many of them have husbands, babies and busy lives so weekend nights are hard to get together. This summer’s remedy :: Sunday brunch.
|A little bit of shade, a little bit on sunshine on Trio’s patio.|
We’ve been going to Sunday brunch as often as possible, usually picking a place with a patio and a drink menu so we can enjoy the warm sunshine (or in many cases this year, incredibly hot sunshine) and catch up over a Mimosa or two. One of our favorite brunch spots has been the Cafe Trio at Cottonwood.
Trio has a wonderful patio that can accomodate large groups and serves brunch until 3 p.m. The menu hits all the right points: eggs and omelets ($8-10) for the picky eaters (including a vegetarian option), salmon hash ($12) and eggs benedicts ($8-10) to cure those that are hung over, banana flapjacks ($9) and challah French toast ($9.50) for those craving sweets, and pizzas, paninis and salads for those already in lunch mode. Plus, their entire drink menu is offered–wine, beer, cocktails and specialty cocktails for brunch (like bloody marys, mimosas and bellinis)–after 11:30 a.m., of course.
|Trio’s traditional eggs benedict.|
Last Sunday, on yet another mid-day brunch at Trio, my friend ordered the traditional Eggs Benedict ($8), the classic poached egg on an English muffin with a slice of ham in between, all blanketed nicely with Hollandiase sauce. She reported that it was the perfect amount of savoriness, a classic dish done perfectly.
|Trio’s Eggs Italiano, eggs benedict with an Italian kick.|
I ordered the Italian version of the benedict, Eggs Italiano ($10); eggs benedict served on crispy polenta instead of an English muffin and Italian sausage instead of ham. I was reluctant about the polenta, which is often too mushy for my taste, but went out on a limb and was glad I did. The crispy polenta is the perfect medium to balance out the slighty spicy sausage because it added a bit of buttery softness to the dish. The hollandaise is light and doesn’t mask the other flavors. The side of crunchy, salty potatoes was a great accompaniment.
Trio has always gotten points in my book for great atmosphere, excellent accommodation for large parties (especially with their round tables, allowing big group conversations to actually be possible), and outstanding service. In my opinion, their morning menu triumphs over their evening one, but either way you can’t really go wrong with Trio at any time of day.