One Sunday afternoon, Marc and I went to Ferndale, a cool city near Detroit for brunch at Local Kitchen and Bar. It was a beautiful sunny day and the moment we stepped inside, I knew it was my kind of place. Oh my, I love a good brunch spot. Sweet and savory sit on the menu side-by-side in delicious harmony. A real treat.
The entire menu looked excellent with gems like challah french toast, chilaquiles and kale salad with lots of goodies. It’s hard for me to choose between the sweet and savory. I usually strategize to get a little of both at the same time when I can. We started with the most beautiful BUILD-YOUR-OWN bloody Marys. We had a little paper checklist to tick off our choices. We both started with McClure’s spicy bloody Mary mix (the best) and added worcestershire and cholula. For my garnishes I chose a McClure’s pickle, bleu cheese-stuffed olives and a celery salt rim while Marc opted for pickled pearl onions, anchovy-stuffed olives and a piece of bacon. They were the best bloody Marys we’ve ever had.
I ordered the Farm Eggs My Way with perfect poached eggs, crispy potatoes and a fluffy biscuit. The biscuit came with two kinds of house-made preserves and orange butter which allowed me to enjoy a little sweet with my savory breakfast. Everything was perfect.
Marc ordered the vegetarian morning poutine which included poached eggs over fries, cheese curds and mushroom gravy. I had two bites and wanted more. It was incredibly flavorful and Marc added wonderful Detroit Corridor sausage on the side. The entire meal was brunch success.
We were seated where the large windows could stream in the full sunshine outside. The fireplace and the sun kept us toasty warm during our winter brunch. The windows open up to a large patio for a great summer time spot.
Our waiter was my kind of waiter. A friendly hipster that recently moved to Michigan and was enjoying the artsy community. He was interested in food, really sold the menu items and was super jealous of our bloody Marys. We really enjoyed the casual and warm atmosphere, too. Happily there was nothing pretentious about the place. It will go down as one of the best brunches of all time.