Napa: Brix brilliant brunch buffet - an American classic … From Laughing Bird shrimp to Fatted Calf pate to carved beef filet to hot blackberry cobbler
- rworange Sep 1, 2009 11:34 AM
As far as the total picture … selection, quality, ambiance … this is probably the best brunch buffet I’ve had in my life.
What is so brilliant about it is that it is the first buffet I’ve been to that I believe will please absolutely everyone … from the discriminating food aficionado whose idea of dining well is kitchens manned by top-tier chefs … to the simpler food-challenged whose idea of good eats runs to AYCE buffets such as Hometown.
The food is not over-fussy, just classic American dishes done well with top-quality local purveyors and stunning produce from the garden.
The meat and potatoes people will be happy with large delicious shrimp cocktail, juicy carved beef, smashed potatoes and a hot cobbler that was still bubbling as it was set on the counter.
The food connoisseur will be pleased with the Fatted Calf pate and cold cuts, cheeses from quality cheese makers and dishes that exhibit skill, care and thought.
Finicky kids have pizza … but the type of pizza that can be enjoyed by all levels of taste. Or there are breakfast items such as pancakes, sausages etc.
If you want to put on your designer Sunday clothes, wear jeans or, like one grandmom, sport your mumu … it’s all good.
I’ll post the menu in the first reply. But these were a few of the standouts for me.
- ROASTED BEET SALAD
I went back for … thirds. Excellent flavor and nicely mixed with wilted beet tops.
- ST AGAR BLUE CHEESE AND FIG NUT BREAD
That cheese was at the perfect stage of ripeness and the fig bread had a background taste of some spice, maybe cardamom. Very nice with candied walnuts and dried figs. Surprisingly the Marin French cheese triple crème was great.
- CREAM PUFF CHOUX PASTRY FILLED WITH EGG SALAD
- QUINOA SALAD WITH PARSLEY & MINT
I usually dislike these types of salads which are often tasteless and on the oily side. This was light, tasty and the fresh mint just popped with flavor
- MOIST ZUCCHINI BREAD
- FABULOUS … FABULOUS CARVED BEEF FILET WITH GARDEN THYME JUS
- HOT BUBBLY BLACKBERRY COBBLER
- VANILLA CUPCAKES … .CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES
Early on I had some cupcakes at Brix and I was less than impressed always posting while I love, love, love the baked goods at Brix, this was the one exception. I take that back.
This is the clever part of the baked goods … they capture the soul and taste of America.. The chocolate cupcakes were like the best devil’s food cake. The vanilla … Twinkies … if Twinkies were made with quality ingredients.
- SHORTBREAD COOKIES WITH LEMON CURD OR CITRUS CREAM FILLING.
It didn’t hurt that they serve Graffeo dark roast coffee which still remains my all time favorite.
Sitting on the trellis-shaded patio Sunday and enjoying the bountiful, gorgeous garden at the height of summer while in the distance the wine train slowly passed through, just enhanced the meal.
Children played on the green lawn, families wandered through the garden after brunch and one couple took their doggie for a walk
I lingered a bit in the parking lot looking at the fat bunches of deep purple grapes lazily hanging on the vines and soaking up the sun like the last vacationers before summer ends and they get back to the business of becoming wine. I wonder if the taste of glorious summer days will be in those bottles.
7377 St. Helena Highway, Napa, CA 94558
Brunch buffet Sunday August 30th
A celebration of the best of American and local food
Graffeo dark roast coffee and Paradise passion fruit ice tea included
- beau soleil oysters • classic mignonette
- laughing bird shrimp cocktail • horseradish cocktail sauce
- smoked salmon
- barbequed clams
House baked breads
- Chive biscuits
- Cream scones
- Fig and nut bread
- Zucchini bread
- House-made berry jam, butter
- Marin French Cheese Triple Crème
- Bellwether Carmody and Crescenza
- Marinated mozzarella balls
- Fromage blanc
- Saint Agur blue cheese
- Fatted Calf mortadella, pate, salami
Condiments: rustic mustard, cornichons, olives, dried figs, candied almonds, fresh peach slices
- Applewood smoked bacon
- House-made herb chicken sausage
- Ground lamb skewers
- Wild mushroom and leek quiche
- Eggs in the hole (brioche) with rarebit sauce
- Eggs scrambled with crème fraiche
- Sour dough pancakes • pecans & powdered sugar
- Roasted beet with beet greens
- Quinoa salad with parsley & mint
- Choux puffs filled with egg salad
- Mixed salad greens
- Waldorf salad
- Chickpea salad
Pizza (I wasn’t interested but this is what I think it was)
- Tomato basil
- Sausage and wild mushroom? Something with sausage
- Carved beef filet with garden thyme jus
- Pasta with bolognaise sauce
- Grilled summer squash
- Smashed potatoes
- Watermelon, blueberries, strawberries
- Blackberry cobbler
- Pecan pie nut bars
- Cookies: ‘oreos’, chocolate chip, raspberry thumbprint, shortbread with lemon curd filling, shortbread filled with citrus cream, nutter butters
- Chocolate cupcakes
- Vanilla cupcakes
Thanks for the reccommendation rw! Took my family to celebrate my husband's birthday- it was really lovely. We enjoyed sitting on the back patio and got to watch a wedding in their garden. The coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice was excellent! The cheese table was wonderful with an interesting selection of cheeses, cold cuts, and breads. Tucked away in baskets and platters were some real gems- we were frequently saying to each other- ooh! where'd you find THAT? Some favorites at our table were the tiny herb biscuits and zucchini bread, the huge & sweet Laughing Bird shrimp, the beet salad-YUM!, the lamb skewers (don't forget the sauce- sauces and condiments were sometimes not directly next to their dish, making them easy to miss), the smashed potatoes, and the berry cobbler. Service was attentive without being intrusive. We'll definitely be going back soon! I might do a 10:30 reservation next time though- they open for brunch at 10, but I saw a wider variety of dishes out later into our meal- and by then I was too full to try them.
re: sweet ginger
Glad it worked out. I had an 11 am reservation, but was a little early. I was there for a while enjoying the garden ... there were available tables so I didn't feel bad lingering. Anyway, it seems at this point the 10:30 - 12:30 time frame is the best. Business dropped off in the later afternoon as did some of the dishes.
It is a great wedding place. This was my first brunch there, but on two other visits there were weddings going on outside.