The Pearl has received much praise since it opened earlier this year, but I hadn’t yet visited as I’m not into oysters, which is, if you couldn’t guess from their name, their specialty. However, I AM extremely into brunch, so discovering they dished breakfasty goodness out was the perfect time for me to check them out.
At around noon on a Saturday – peek brunch time, if you ask me – The Pearl was fairly empty, which is good news to me. With so many places having lines wrapped around the corner for freakin’ breakfast, I like to keep tabs on the spots that are good, and good and empty.
Onto the booze. The Pearl has two barrel-aged cocktails, a small selection of punches and a handful of classic cocktails. The Ramos Gin Fizz is one of my favorite brunch cocktails with it’s fluffy texture and citrusy notes, and this one was one of the better ones I’ve had locally, served up in a mason jar and made with Watershed’s bourbon barrel gin. The specialty cocktail the day I visited was an elderflower liqueur and champagne concoction which was light and refreshing, served in a measuring vile with an ice-filled wine glass to pour into. I also ordered “off-menu” a French 75, a drink I often have to teach the bartender how to make despite its relative simplicity and classic status, but here I got a pretty perfect one with no questions asked. When in doubt, friends, order a French 75 with brunch.
A dozen entrees occupy the brunch menu, offering huevos rancheros, fried chicken with a cinnamon sticky bun, grilled cheese with brie, pear jam, squash and arugula pesto and more. I opted to order the frittata, with house made ricotta, sauteed mushrooms and gruyère cheese. I had hoped for a bit more gruyère goodness, but it was still pretty good. The short rib poutine is also delicious, with chunks of moist short rib on french fries topped with cheese curds, gravy and an egg. For dessert, the Buckeye Pie is simply decadent – and bonus, gluten-free!
Brunch at The Pearl is available Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 10am. The Pearl is located at 641 N High Street.
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