'Tis the weekend when everyone brunches with mom. But if run-of-the-mill scrambles and hotcakes won't do (for mom, or just in general), take a gander at the new, inspired brunch menus at Canon and Rain Shadow Meats Squared.
Canon's menu features unusual, dreamy takes on breakfast foods, including a braised lamb hash, with harissa yogurt, cumin carrtos, a runny egg and peppery arugula, and that gorgeous pork belly hash you see in the picture, with bourbon-cider-braised piggy atop Yukon golds, a runny egg and a crisp apple slaw. There are, too, oysters on the half shell, dijon-cream-steamed mussels, or cointreau French toast so that, you know, just about every possible craving is covered.
You didn't think the cocktails'd be an afterthought, did you? Try the Caesar's Ghost (aquavit, gin, homemade clamato, celery salt, sriracha and asparagus) or the Toucan Gin Fizz, with its nod to Momofuku Milk Bar (gin, cereal milk, lemon, egg white and soda) to start the day like a champ. Brunch officially kicks off this weekend, Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 10am. (And note: Canon is 21-and-over, so leave the youngsters at home.)
The other brunch menu that recently caught my eye is from Rain Shadow Meats Squared, the second of the Rain Shadow butcher shops, which opened a month ago in Pioneer Square. The butcher shop/deli is already making some of the best sandwiches in the city (more on that in a future issue of the magazine) and now they're tackling brunch. This month, the prix-fixe menu ($35, with optional $30 wine pairings) includes watercress salad with olive oil-braised rabbit and local radishes in a spring onion vinaigrette, Jambon Persille (house-cured ham in aspic with gribiche sauce), spring vegetable soup (carrots, asparagus, leeks) with a poached duck egg, and chevre-filled brioche with rhubarb.
Mom a little more traditional? Find all our brunch favorites listed right over here.