This past weekend, a few of my college friends were in town for a wedding and we all got together for brunch at Avanti’s Restaurant. Nine of us trickled in shortly after 11 a.m. and occupied a group of tables in the front corner of the restaurant. Our server took the drink orders as each person arrived and then gave us a while to look through the menu. Through our discussion of how the wedding was and the rest of the weekend plans, we managed to decide on some food. We placed our orders and waited for our meals.
I know that we had a party of nine, but trying to get a drink refilled at our table was like pulling teeth. Almost every cup at the table sat empty until after our food arrived. As our food was served, there were a few mix-ups, but everything eventually found its proper place. Amanda ordered a sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich on an English muffin with a side of hash browns. The sandwich, while basic, was really tasty. The simple breakfast sausage link was sliced in two to lay flat on the egg and the melted cheese helped keep the top muffin in place. The juices from the sausage flavored the rest of the sandwich and made for a delicious breakfast sandwich. Amanda’s hash browns could have used some more time on the grill to crisp up, but still tasted okay. They were mushy and lacked color and texture. A pinch of salt and pepper added at the table did them well.
I decided to go with their frittata scramble. Eggs were mixed with sliced peppers, onions, hash browns, hot sausage, and pepperoni. It was served with their house marinara sauce and a choice of bread. I couldn’t get enough of it. The combination of flavors from both meats with the sautéed vegetables was fantastic. The shredded potatoes added some starchiness which gave it more texture. The marinara sauce was thick, but didn’t go well with the eggs for me. I ate about half of it with the tomato sauce and the other half with some ketchup and hot sauce. The acid from the ketchup/hot sauce was an awesome pairing with this scramble and I could have easily eaten a second portion.
I chose to get two slices of French toast made with cinnamon raisin bread. The slices were fried together so they came out as one larger piece. The bread was more dense than a typically slice which kept the middle moist. The egg coating was slightly thick, but it didn’t take away from the toast. The swirl of cinnamon and the pops of raisin really made this great. Cinnamon raisin bread was always a favorite of mine growing up and I have never lost my taste for it. This is must try if you like French toast.
Besides the hiccups with food delivery and empty drink cups, our meals were all good. I would go back for sure. I just wish service was as good for a large party as it typically is for a small party. Thanks to the Avanti’s kitchen for a wonderful Sunday brunch. Their hours for breakfast and lunch are 5:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily and 5:30 to 9 p.m. for dinner, Thursday-Saturday. They are located at 1662 W. Eighth St . and their phone number is 814-456-3096.
Until next time, Andrew – Beard vs. Food