Every now and then I try a new brunch that I love SO much, I know I have to write up a full blog post about it to tell you. Guild’s new brunch service is one of them!
Guild launched their brunch yesterday, and it’s available every Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm. Guild is a progressive American seafood restaurant that has been open for about 7 months; they always knew brunch was something they wanted to do, but it took a while to get the dinner service established, develop the brunch menu, and eventually launch it. Worth the wait, if you ask me!
Guild’s brunch stands out to me for these three reasons:
1. Approachable menu. There’s nothing too “out there” on the menu. You’ll find tried-and-true classics like French toast made from brûléed brioche, seasonal omelettes, steak and eggs, house-made pastries, and savory Dutch pancakes.
Now, they also offer several seafood items that reflect the seafood component of this restaurant. I tasted the oyster beignets, but I’ve yet to try the oyster of the day or blue gold mussels with cider and bacon broth. But, um….YUM.
Sometimes I want to try a crazy, artistic brunch that breaks down all the typical brunch barriers. But most of the time, when I’m craving a hearty brunch, I want something familiar and comforting. Guild checks that box.
2. Guild has the trifecta that a great restaurant needs. When I dine, I want more than just great food! I’m always looking for 1) exceptional and helpful service, 2) ambiance/decor/experience, and 3) delicious food (which I probably should have listed first… )
Guild offers all of these things. There are a surprisingly few number of restaurants that are able to master all three!
3. Everything on the brunch menu is about $10-11, and cocktails are $7-8. This shocked me! I had previewed some brunch items a few months ago, so I knew chef Sterling Ridings was going to create an exceptional menu. But I could hardly believe that almost everything listed (the steak and eggs are an exception) is around $10. Talk about bang for your buck!
I’m in love with this dish: homemade granola, peanut butter custard, vanilla yogurt, and fresh berries:
I tend to enjoy sweet instead of savory for breakfast, so I enjoyed this dish in particular: French toast made with brûléed brioche (carmalized and chewy on top, soft inside), coffee creme, and bacon jam.
Guild is an upscale restaurant. It would be a great place to schedule a special date or bring an out-of-town guest. But it’s also approachable and comfy, and I’ll be ordering from this brunch menu again and again. My sister joined me for this brunch date, and I’m already thinking of a time when I can go back and bring my husband! There was a couple sitting next to us who said they “stumbled upon Guild” because there was a crazy long line for Snooze down the street, and they realized that Guild had just opened for brunch and they wanted to try it out.
I also noticed two families nearby who were eating with their young children. I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s a “kid-friendly” restaurant (meaning that it’s not specifically designed with kids in mind,) but I think that kids could enjoy this menu. The quiche, omelette, french toast, pastries, and breakfast sandwich items are all pretty kid-friendly dishes!
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