Monday, November 1, 2010

Brunch at the Barnsider

A few weekends ago, before the great plague fell upon our house, Mr. FvF and I decided to take a trip out to Wasserstrom Restaurant Supply. I'd always wanted to go, and now had an excuse because I needed some pro gear for my Swedish Chef costume. Long story short, the trip was a bust - they didn't have what I needed and everything was ridiculously pricey.

Just before we'd left the house, Dayton Dining posted on their Facebook page that Barnsider was serving a brunch buffet on Saturdays and Sundays from 9a-2p for only $7.99. That's not just a hell of a deal for brunch, that's a hell of a deal for a place like Barnsider - which is normally more of a special occasion restaurant for me. They were still serving, so we drove up the road another mile or two and dropped in to fuel up for the massive day of errands ahead of us.

We were greeted and seated quickly, and had our drink orders taken. The hostess and server were both as sweet as could be, and attentive without being annoying. After all, it IS a buffet, so you only need so much tending to. On par with everything else I've had at Barnsider, their brunch did not disappoint.
Clockwise from top to center:
Pepper, onion & bacon quiche
French Toast Casserole
Double chocolate muffin
Maple sausage links
Scrambled eggs
Amish Casserole
Hashbrown Casserole

Other things they had that I couldn't fit on my plate were DIY omelets, coffee cake, fresh fruit, biscuits & gravy, french toast wedges, hash browns, waffles and cinnamon apple pancakes.
The only part that was a slight let down were the scrambled eggs. They simply weren't well seasoned and were a bit overcooked. But, with all of the other dishes available, it's hard to see that as a valid complaint. Baked in a quiche is better than scrambled any day. The casseroles were tops, especially the French toast casserole. I would probably succumb to diabetes for this stuff. It took every bit of willpower in me not to fill up an entire second plate with it. To put it simply, it's the French toast version of bread pudding, with candied pecans on top. The bacon was some of the better tasting I've had in my time (which is saying a LOT), but a bit on the greasy side. As for savories, the Amish casserole was tops, made up of eggs, sweet onion, shredded potatoes and tons of cheese.

I really hope Barnsider keeps this deal going as a permanent fixture, because I can see making a monthly venture out of this, and it's a great excuse to meet friends for brunch on a weekend morning, when schedules are less hectic. Oh, and for those of you with kids - the buffet is only $4.95 for the little ones!

5 out of 5 sporks!
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Desi said...

i loveeeee breakfast foods! i would eat everything on that plate minus the muffin. i wish i lived closer to it but i am never in the dayton area :(

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