April 20, 2006

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Meatier than breakfast, more pancakes than lunch
Brunch offers a tastier option for Sunday morning
By Susan Reilly  news@hippopress.com

Local brunches offer everything from elaborate buffets to three-course meals at midday on Sundays.

Brunch once had a stiff reputation as the type of thing you did when your parents came to town or as part of a wedding party. But recently brunch, even brunch with a buffet, has received a gourmet makeover.

With brunch, two things are true: you get what you pay for and you will most certainly need a nap afterward.

Simple brunch buffets like the one served at Basil’s in the Highlander Inn at the Manchester Airport provide all the usual suspects — eggs, pancakes, bacon and home fries along with a jug of coffee on the table to get you started.

Across town, the newly remodeled Derryfield with a sweeping deck overlooking the golf course offers a Sunday brunch that combines all the standard goodies plus a carving station, raw bar and dessert station. It’s a great place to start your Sunday if you were sipping cocktails on the deck the night before.

Michael Timothy’s in Nashua takes the brunch buffet and jazzes it up a bit. Forget bacon, eggs and home fries. At this bistro, brunch means fresh haddock cakes, crustless quiche, smoked Maine Salmon, fried red bliss potatoes and bread pudding, to name just a few items. All this can be enjoyed while listening to a live jazz duo.

’cause calling it lunkfast would be silly
• Black Forest Café (Route 101A, Amherst, 672-0500) Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; not a buffet, but a fine selection of breakfast fare. And you get a complimentary basket of fresh baked goods on your table. Try the crab benedict ($9.95) and stuffed French toast ($8.95) made with Portuguese sweet bread and stuffed with an apricot almond cream cheese. The kitchen makes kid-size pancakes and French toast on Sundays.
• Basil’s (Highlander Inn, 2 Highlander Way, Manchester, 625-6426) $10.95 per person, $6.95 children under 10; traditional breakfast fare of eggs, home fries, bacon and sausage along with pancakes, French toast, fruit and muffins.
• Bedford Village Inn (2 Village Inn Lane, Bedford, 472-2001) Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; a la carte but fabulous. Three courses; your main course determines your cost. First course choices include white polenta with lobster, chives and brown butter sauce or a confit duck pizzetta with Roquefort. Main courses include caramelized onion and Gruyere strata with prosciutto ($18) or eggs benedict with Maine Jonah crab cakes and Meyer lemon Hollandaise sauce ($20).
• Café on the Park (Radisson, 700 Elm St., Manchester, 625-1000) Sunday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
• Country Tavern (452 Amherst St., Nashua, 889-5871) Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $15.95 per person, children under 12 $8.95; all the fixings including eggs Benedict, French toast, quiche, hot entrees, and a carving station.
• Derryfield (625 Mammoth Rd., Manchester, 623-2880, www.thederryfield.com) Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; $16.95 per person, $9.95 children under 12; breakfast station, raw bar, omelet station, a selection of hot entrees, carving station and dessert station.
• Michael Timothy’s (212 Main St., Nashua, 595-9334, www.michaeltimothys.com) Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; $21 per person, $8.95 children 12 and under; live jazz duos perform while you nosh on a buffet of salads, quiche, baked ham, roast beef, smoked Maine salmon, fresh haddock cakes and more.
• North Garden (715 Mast Rd., Manchester, 668-1668) Dim sum is served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. from the area’s only extensive dim sum menu. Try the steamed shrimp dumplings (four for $2.80), steamed buns with barbecued pork (three for $2.10) or deep-fried sesame balls (three for $2.10).


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