Sunday Brunch in NOLA: The Spotted Cat Food and Spirits

We were recently in New Orleans for our friend’s wedding and decided to check out one new spot before the wedding festivities began. After doing a little internet browsing we stumbled upon The Spotted Cat Food and Spirits.  If you live in New Orleans or plan on visiting soon, be sure to check this spot out.

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I’ll admit, I go to New Orleans at least once a year, but typically more than that. However, I’ve never really explored the breakfast/brunch scene.

Located at St. Claude and St. Roch this restaurant sits in a unique area of the city. I was amazed by how many people I saw ride by on a bike. I’ll be honest, in all my years of visiting and spending time in New Orleans I rarely see people just scooting around town on a bike.

The breakfast here is good… and when I say good, I mean GOOD (and unique).

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William ordered the Huevos Rancheros with Shrimp. I got a teeny little bit of this meal because he ate it so fast! Needless to say, it was delicious.

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The Huevos Rancheros consists of sunny side up eggs, black bean puree, ranchero sauce, pico de gallo, queso fresco, avocado puree, and tortilla chips. William also added a side of shrimp to his order!

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When I saw the Miso Bacon Pancakes on the menu I was a little scared. I just didn’t understand how miso could enhance a breakfast item… But, I decided to give this breakfast entree a try and I’m so glad I did. The miso, chives, bacon, and sweetness of the syrup was a perfect combination. It’s topped with a miso butter and it’s to die for!

 

Their Miso Bacon Pancake entree consists of bacon scallion pancakes, miso garlic butter, and maple syrup. I also added a side of sunny side eggs!

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Because the spotted cat is “food and spirits” they also have an extensive bar and breakfast drink menu!

 

Next time you’re in New Orleans be sure to try out The Spotted Cat Food and Spirits:

2372 ST CLAUDE AVE #130
NEW ORLEANS, LA

 

 

Santa Monica Breakfast: Bru’s Wiffle

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I love breakfast foods. I can’t say that I eat breakfast everyday (because I don’t), but I do take every opportunity to include breakfast ingredients in my day to day meals. Add a sunny side up egg to a rice bowl. Include crispy or candied bacon on a burger, and oh man, have you ever have savory waffles? They’re delicious.

This year William and I traveled to Santa Monica and the highlight of many of our trips is always the food we eat. One restaurant that’s stuck with me is Bru’s Wiffle. A great waffle joint located a few blocks away from the pier.

Restaurant: Bru’s Wiffle

Location: Santa Monica – 2408 Wilshire Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90403

Food Type: Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch

Bru’s Wiffle is a waffle joint that has 2 southern California locations: Santa Monica and Beverly Hills. They use fresh ingredients and everything’s made from scratch. The restaurant serves cute little waffles that are great for kids and they even have gluten free options.

We got to the restaurant just when they opened and were greeted by such nice employees. We sat down and immediately ordered the hash browns stuffed with mozzarella cheese. Although it sounds simple it was absolutely delicious… I’m still trying to figure out how they did it.

William ordered the meat lovers omelette. This ultra filling omelette is made with turkey sausage, pepperoni, bacon, mozzarella cheese & avocado and topped with a blazing sauce. He also ordered a standard waffle as a side. The waffle was delicious but probably not something you would want as a “side item” because it’s just as filling as the omelette.

I’ve saved the best for last. I ordered the Golden Goat waffle. Holy cow, it’s 4 of my favorite food items combined into one breakfast entree. It’s a waffle topped with fried chicken, honey, and goat cheese. I’ll be honest, it’s probably one of the best waffles I’ve ever had!

My hope is to come up with a recipe so that you can recreate this entree at home… It’s not like everyone can just zip over to Santa Monica for breakfast!

If you are ever in the LA area, make sure you check out Bru’s Wiffle. I promise, you will not be disappointed.

 

Biscuits the size of a Cat’s Head: Eating Asheville – Biscuit Head

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Is there any meal that’s better than breakfast? I mean, come on. It’s the first meal you eat, it sets your pace for the day, and it’s the perfect paring of hearty, sweet, and savory.

Restaurant: Biscuit Head, Biltmore Avenue

Location: 417 Biltmore Ave, Ste 4F Asheville, NC 28801

Price Range: $$ ($11 – $30)

Website: http://www.biscuitheads.com

Click HERE to view the Menu

While in Asheville we were on the hunt for a delicious and simple breakfast spot. After getting some suggestions from friends, and searching around yelp, all we could find were spots downtown that had really long wait times. I did a little searching online and came across a fun article by Bon Appetit Magazine and decided to give one of their suggestions a try. After a lot of searching, pondering, and debating, we ended up putting Biscuit Head in our GPS and ended up at their unassuming Biltmore Avenue location.

After pulling up to the restaurant we were a little skeptical to give this restaurant a try. It was raining out, it was a little chilly, and there was a VERY long line coming out of the door. I don’t like lines, I’m not a huge fan or rain, and because we were traveling in the end of April I was hoping for higher temperatures. I complained a little, sent my husband to get in line, and I parked the car. I decided that I needed to figure out why people felt the need to commit to eating at this restaurant.

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My oh my… I’m so glad we decided to eat here. The restaurant is designed to have a line. The space inside is pretty small so by time you get to the front of the line and pay for your food, someone else is leaving space at an empty table (kind of like the lines at Chipotle). We made it inside pretty quickly and were greeted by so many happy faces!

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At the door entrance there was a chalkboard that read cat head biscuits. I had no idea what that meant until I was served my food.

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The biscuits here are HUGE and super filling. I ordered the Mimosa Fried Chicken Biscuit with a double shot of espresso. William ordered the Fried Catfish Biscuit and a regular coffee.

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After ordering we were given our number and were directed to take a seat anywhere we liked. We ended up sitting a the communal table. William sat on the side with chairs and I sat on the side with the bench. I’ll admit it was a little difficult to get in and out of my seat so William was in charge of getting any jelly, water, or coffee refills.

… Speaking of Jelly. They have an amazing jelly bar for you to try out. Customers can purchase jelly, sauces, and biscuit mix to use at home.

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Our food was prepared and out to our seats in less than 10 minutes. Like I said before, the biscuits are huge and very filling. Both biscuits were absolutely amazing. I liked William’s catfist biscuit the best (even though I’m not a fan of catfish). The poached eggs that topped our biscuits were cooked perfectly as well.

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If you’re in Asheville and are looking for a delicious, carb loaded breakfast spot, please check out Biscuit Head! It’s worth the (short) wait and I promise you will not leave hungry.

Enjoy!