Brunch Club: @ The Barn
Sometimes you immediately know you want to go somewhere and @ The Barn was one of those places, just on the name alone. It manages to sound quaint but also modern with the unusual use of the symbol in its name (this really appealed to the millennial of the brunch club!).
Cosy and comfortable inside, @ The Barn creates an atmosphere that makes you want to settle in and stay for awhile - both at the bar or restaurant. We went here on a frosty Sunday morning, but head here in the warmer months to enjoy the patio area!
The brunch menu @ The Barn is a great mix of your standard brunch fair plus some interesting additions. Looking for waffles or french toast? You got it. More into eggs benedict? Choose from four different versions! After something a little different? Try the breakfast taco’s, or I Love Meat sandwich.
To start, we ordered the hand cut fries served with truffle oil, pecorino, herbs and sea salt. Did we need fries to start our brunch? Probably not (but you try smelling them and not immediately ordering a serving). Do we now believe there needs to be a precedent to start all brunch with truffle fries? Absolutely yes. If you haven't gleaned from this that you need to order them, then this is your clear message: order the truffle fries.
Moving onto our brunch entrees, we went with two classics with twists: first up was the Eggs Benedict with Lumb Crab Cake served with home fries and an English muffin. One of our brunch club members is extremely picky about their crab cakes, and this one was deemed a big, delicious hit! Other options for the Eggs Benedict are pork loin style Canadian bacon, and house-cured salmon or corned brisket beef hash.
Next up we had the Chicken & Waffles - an American brunch staple for many. This one caught our attention for the different flavors involved: Belgian style waffle served with hazelnut crusted chicken tenders and a maple bacon bourbon aioli, and of course syrup on the side. This dish was hands down the best renditions of Chicken & Waffles we’ve tried - it was a "you’re full but can’t stop eating situation." We really can’t say anything more about this but to order it and that you probably won’t want to share!
Whilst we didn’t indulge in any brunch cocktails this time, we hear the Wake’ n Bacon is one to try (house-infused bacon bourbon, maple syrup & coffee bitters). Bacon makes everything better, so we aren’t going to argue with this recommendation!
@ The Barn captured us with their name and kept our attention with their great food and atmosphere. We will definitely be back (if not just for the bacon cocktail) and think you need to add it to your brunch list!
17 E Granby Road, Granby CT 06035