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Tivoli & Lee

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after having a couple of really great cocktails and appetizers at Tivoli & Lee last week (excellent gnocchi), we returned for brunch on sunday. really enjoyed it!

the first order of business was mimosas and the bloody mary bar -- an over-the-top collection of veggies, meats, cheeses and spirits, from chorizo tequilla to maple bourbon. a bargain at $15 bottomless. Steve, the bartender is a master of his craft and an entertaining host when dining at the bar.

for food we began w/ a couple of breakfast apps: Chicken & Waffle Bites, and Andouille Tots (hashbrown balls) w/ hollandaise. these were enjoyable tho more prominent andouille was called for in the balls. for mains i had the LA Crabcake Bennedict, w/ perfectly poached eggs, crispy ham and very good hollandaise, side of tots. compared to the stark failure a few weeks ago at Warhouse Grille, this was a complete 180. my SO had the Chicken Fried Steak w/ buttermilk biscuits and gravy, which we thought was good but not crazy-good.

there were few people in the restaurant, so my recommendation is -- if you're looking for a solid brunch performer (not a showy jazz brunch), this is a good choice with very little hassle. i expect it will build a reputation.

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