I'm a big fan of Five Horses Tavern in Davis Square (rumor has it they're expanding to the South End, too). The food is always inventive and delicious, the vegetarian options are plentiful, and the draft beer selection is top notch. However, I had only been for dinner before last weekend when we decided to use my Living Social coupon on Five Horse's newer brunch menu.
Five Horses serves brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The menu is chocked full of sweet and savory breakfast and lunch items, as well as several brunch-approved cocktails (their regular beer/drink list is also available). Although Five Horses offers their "Bloody Three Ways" (meaning, you can get a bloody mary with vodka, gin or bourbon), I stuck with the traditional vodka bloody mary ($8).
Made with Five Horse's own house mix, this bloody mary was packed with tomato and horseradish flavor, without being overly spicy. Fresh lemon and lime rinds were found at the bottom of the beverage, which gave the liquid an extra refreshing kick. And any bloody mary garnished with plump, juicy olives is a winner in my book.
I'll spare you the photos of the Donut Holes ($6) we shared amongst the table (those suckers aren't pretty to photograph), but they were definitely tasty, and perfect for sharing amongst five people. The doughnuts are made with a house apple cinnamon dough, and chunks of fresh apple were apparent in each bite. A maple glaze was served on the side for necessary indulging.
After kicking back a few doughnut holes, I decided to get one of the lighter entree options: The Tavern Breakfast ($10), which came with two eggs, hash browns, fresh fruit, and your choice of toast (I ordered seven grain toast).
I ordered my eggs sunny side up, and they were perfectly runny. The thick, slightly overburnt toast helped to sop up the luxurious yolks. The hash browns were a little odd, as I am an Irish girl who likes my potatoes "meaty" - but these hasbrowns were thin and crispy enough that I think they'd be best as a garnish on soup versus a side dish. Regardless, the meal was just what I wanted in terms of not leaving the restaurant insanely full, and the fruit made me feel like I started the day with a good, healthy decision. (Side note: Although this menu item isn't marked as "vegetarian" on Five Horses' menu, it is!)
Overall, our brunch experience at Five Horses was a successful one, and I'm eager to go back to try their Chimichanga ($10)..."goat cheese sour cream" hasn't left my mind since we left the restaurant last weekend.
Today's question: Bloody mary or mimosa?