2 Sparrows

My husband does not like long waits when it comes to being seated at a restaurant.

I’m not saying that I love it, but I am more tolerant if there’s something worth waiting for.

I somehow convinced my husband to accompany me to brunch at 2 Sparrows on Saturday, despite reading about the horrendous wait times discussed in Yelp reviews.

Our manageable 30 minute wait afforded us the pleasure of chatting with co-owner and General Manager Steven Fladung. As he walked us through the inventive menu, we quickly learned this was going to be no ordinary brunch. All the favorite breakfast options were present, but with a gourmet twist, allowing Chef Gregory Ellis to show us his Charlie Trotter-learned skills. Don’t come here expecting to order an egg white omelet with turkey sausage; with items like pork belly, corned beef hash and shrimp and grits on the menu, this is a “go big or go home” kind of place.

Once we were seated, my husband started with a Bloody Norseman, 2 Sparrows’ version of a Bloody Mary. Complete with house-made mix, house-made beef jerkey and house-made vinegar pickles, this drink was a meal in and of itself. After several stolen sips, I can attest that this was the best bloody I’ve ever tried. Not to mention the pickles…we had to ask for more!
From there, we shared an Apple & Lemon Thyme Icing Pop Tart. Warm apple filling surrounded by flaky crust, topped with the most ridiculous icing, really gives the words “pop tart” a whole new meaning. This is a must order.
For my meal I ordered the Market Quiche, which changes seasonally. On Saturday it featured mushrooms, cheddar, kale and leeks with a fresh green salad on the side. In talking to Steven prior to our meal, he graciously reserved me a serving of the quiche, which sells out daily. It was a darn good thing he did because it was amazing! I loved the fluffy eggs, fabulous vegetable combo, and the fact that it wasn’t overly cheesy. My husband, a stranger to Steak & Eggs, decided to break his seal with this dish of hanger steak, sunny side eggs (he asked for his scrambled), and roasted potatoes and fresh greens. A few bites of the steak managed to make their way on to my plate. It is flavorful, tender, melt-in-your-mouth beef like this that makes me question why anyone would want to be a vegetarian.

As we were leaving 2 Sparrows, beyond full and so happy, I shockingly heard my husband say, “well that was worth the wait”.

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