Pork. The other white meat. And I went to a place last weekend known as Craigie On Main in Cambridge, MA and they loves them little piggys. I really don't know if it was the excitement of brunch with the lovely ladies from my high school who I hadn't seen in almost a year, or the atmosphere of this quaint restaurant featuring an open kitchen, but the food was delicious and the service impeccable. I mean, the waiters fold your napkin every time you move from your seat. How many times does that happen in your house these days?
Not a meat eater? Don't fret. Two of the ladies in our party ordered omelets filled with spinach, feta and mushrooms served with a side of potato galette (which, it turns out, is a potato pancake piece-of-art). While another girlfriend enjoyed whole wheat pancakes that looked out of this world – and they ask if you'd like ice cream on them. Hello?
I opted not for the white meat, but for the red. Burgers have been off the menu in my quest to create a leaner me, but local, grass-fed beef topped with cheddar was screaming my name. And those adorable little stringy things in that picture are french fries. I know! Cute, right? You can eat a handful and not feel guilty!
Another woman went full hog, and ordered pork jowls. Yeah, I said jowls – the lovely sacks of fat that we all try to moisturize away on our face as you hit a certain age. Apparently they are quite the hit with the brunch crowd. Coated and fried, no less, served with black-eye peas and an egg.
And last, but not least, was the sausage to beat all sausages. Can you seriously look at that thing without gasping? We couldn't.
Dessert is an option as well, so we partook. We ordered profiteroles (I quickly learned I can't say that word) filled with homemade peanut butter ice cream. Double YUM!
If you find yourself strolling down Main Street in Cambridge, I'd recommend you stop in (reservations requested for brunch) and enjoy some fantastic food, in a very friendly and inviting atmosphere.
Note: This ain't your local IHOP, so it can be pricey but so worth your time
without kids with friends if you are looking to up your brunch game.