Day of the Week: Sunday, 2/17
Total Bill: $47.96 (before tip and LivingSocial voucher)
Breakdown: 3 entrees, 1 side, 2 Bloody Marys
Pros: Unique concept, well-executed food, good service.
Cons: Brunch menu is somewhat limited.
Verdict: A welcome addition to the Carrollwood/Northdale brunch scene.
I bought a Living Social voucher for brunch ($15 for two entrees and two Bloody Marys) about a month ago after a visit to Flight to try some of their new menu items. You may remember the brief review we wrote back in August that said Flight had promise but also some issues to work out. I’m pleased to report that all of the issues we noted then have been addressed, and none of the things we liked at the time have gone away. Kudos to the owner and management for paying attention to what is ACTUALLY going on, instead of just seeing what they want to see (which seems to happen at a lot of restaurants).
One thing we’ve learned about Flight is that they make everything there. All the sauces, the spaetzle that accompanies the bratwurst… it’s really impressive. I’m giving this fact its own paragraph because I think it deserves it. I didn’t expect a restaurant at this price point to be so devoted to making everything there and I just love that about Flight. The restaurant is also really accommodating if you’re gluten-free, vegan, etc., just ask your server. We will do a review of Flight’s dinner offerings soon because I want to make sure everyone knows about their new menu items. (Here’s a preview: the bratwurst ROCKS.)
For brunch, we arrived about 12:30 to find the restaurant about three quarters full, which was a pleasant surprise. That seems like a decent crowd (especially since brunch is relatively new there) but not so crowded we had to wait. We told our server, Palmer, about our voucher and she brought our vodka right away so we could hit the Bloody Mary bar ($5.45).
The Bloody Marys come with either plain house vodka, or house vodka infused with jalapenos and limes. The infusion gave it a nice kick and the lime flavor was noticeable. Their Bloody Mary mix was really awesome, too. I’m sure it’s homemade, which makes a big difference. The Bloody Mary bar has a lot of choices. I grabbed a celery stick, a cheese cube, an olive, a cube of meat, and a lime wedge. The bar also had carrot sticks, hot sauces, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, lemons, and several other things I’m forgetting. The servers were very good about keeping the bar stocked.
The online brunch menu is a little outdated. It shows six entrees, plus a fruit bowl and some sides. The current menu in the restaurant has about five of their regular starters (the two I noted were the bacon mac balls and the hummus), five entrees (they don’t have the banh mi anymore), and the fruit bowl and sides. I hope they continue to tweak the menu to add some additional brunch-only items because five entrees (two of which are omelets) is a little on the small side. (For comparison, The Refinery’s brunch menu is usually about ten entrees/salads.)
For our entrees, we both ordered the Latin eggs benedict (“mojo pulled pork, poached egg, chimichurri sauce, toasted Cuban bread, bacon hash,” $10.23). I thought this was a really great twist on a regular eggs benedict. All of the components were perfectly done, except for the poached egg (which must be pretty tough to get right in large quantities because it seems to be a problem at every restaurant). One of my poached eggs was darn near prefect; the yolk of the other one had too many “done” parts. Both of Hubby’s yolks were done, not runny. Overall, the dish is a big success and the bacon hash (diced potatoes fried with, I assume, bacon grease) was really good.
Then we decided to order a chorizo omelet, as well (“housemade chorizo, sautéed onions, roasted corn, cheddar cheese in a three egg omelet,” $10.23). I’m not an omelet fan but it was really good, especially the chorizo. Definitely a unique take on an omelet. The omelet was also served with the bacon hash.
Flight is such a unique concept and it’s well-executed. The dedication of the staff and management indicates to me that they will only continue to improve. Definitely check this place out and keep an eye on them – they’re going places.
This will be a short one since we have been here a few times.
Service was great, as usual. Very nice and very polite.
The wife got a Bloody Mary from the Bloody Mary bar. It was an extensive ingredient station with lots to choose from and add into your Bloody Mary! They also had a choice of plain or house-infused jalapeno lime vodka. The jalapeno lime vodka was delicious, super spicy with a light touch of lime.
We ordered a Latin eggs benedict and a chorizo omelet. The Latin eggs benedict was Cuban toast on the bottom and top, filled with pulled pork, a poached egg and topped with chimichurri sauce. The toast was awesome, toasted perfectly with a little bit of buttery saltiness in the flavor. The pulled pork was also very good. The eggs were a little over done with solid centers on mine, but the flavors were still complementary.
The chorizo omelet was excellent as well. A single serving omelet filled with a ton of chorizo, corn, and cheddar cheese. The whole this was wonderful, I recommend this if you go for brunch. Both entrees served with potatoes.
This place is good as always. I’ll be going back.