Welcome to the Westchester Breakfast Club’s monthly posting on Small Bites. We’ll be providing a summary each month of our breakfast adventures. For the complete WBC experience, please check out our blog at www.westchesterbreakfastclub.com. You can click on the dates below to read our full posts for each restaurant.
May 6, 2012: We pay a visit to Emma’s Ale House in White Plains. With several dog owners in the group, we loved the dog-theme of the decor at Emma’s. Things were off to a good start with the free plate of mini cinnamon buns that Emma’s provides to brunch diners. The quiche of the day that Shelley tried was delicious, far better than your average quiche, serving up cheddar, scallions, and peppers, it would be a vegetarian’s delight. The other high point was the pizza that Sylvia tried. Yes, she strayed from breakfast, but it was worth it. What’s brunch without a Bloody Mary? Well, in addition to the standard drink Emma’s also offers a jalapeno Bloody Mary, which comes complete with a strip of bacon (instead of a celery stick). This drink gave Jeff a kick start to his morning. Unfortunately, we were a bit disappointed by the chicken apple sausage, which was bland in flavor, and while Reid savored his root beer float for dessert, the rest of the group was underwhelmed by the desserts we sampled (the apple tart and the creme brulee). The staff was very friendly and the dog theme ran all the way to the ties worn by our servers. Overall Emma’s provided a hearty brunch in a friendly atmosphere (and who doesn’t love free cinnamon buns?), although we wouldn’t add dessert the next time.
May 19, 2012: The ladies of the WBC head to Larchmont for a civilized Parisian brunch at Auray Gourmet. (And yes, we do love that it rhymes.) We were immediately impressed by the very friendly staff, not to mention the mouthwatering assortment of French pastries displayed at the front counter. The hardest part of this meal was deciding what to order. Sylvia went the French route and sampled a crepe, while Shelley tried to be healthy with a Skinny Bee Omelette (an egg white omelette). Sylvia gave high points to the delicious flavor combination of her Montagnolo Crepe, a crepe with “Cambonzolo, a blue brie cheese imported from Germany and sliced apples, drizzled with balsamic glaze.” Shelley’s Skinny Bee fit the healthy bill, but she couldn’t help spending the entire meal wishing she had gotten a crepe instead. Fortunately there was still time to throw calorie counting out the window with a post-brunch visit to nearby Bread & Cocoa. Inside this charming French-themed cafe was a delectable display of French pastries and breads. The aroma wafting from the cafe alone would be enough to lure in any passerby. The pain au chocolat and lemon pound cake did not disappoint. Larchmont, the WBC will definitely be back.
May 27, 2012: The gang spends this lazy Sunday morning at Roasted Peppers in Mamaroneck. Initially we were wary when we saw that many of the items on the brunch menu had, well, peppers as a main ingredient. Would this be another restaurant that simply slaps a bunch of meals together, throws in some eggs, and calls it brunch? Thankfully, no. Roasted Peppers pleasantly surprised us with many meals, including the blueberry-cream cheese stuffed French toast which is among the best we’ve sampled over the course of the past 2 years. And, it comes with real (!) maple syrup; that always earns bonus points in our breakfast book. Reid went out on a limb and tried the lobster mac, which turned out to be a refined and well-blended pasta dish that will stick to your ribs for the rest of the day. And let’s not forget the coffee. The coffee smelled delicious, with a warm vanilla aroma that made even the non coffee drinkers of the WBC take notice. We appreciated the extra touches put forth by Roasted Peppers including a generous complimentary platter of muffins and pastries and a rice pudding on the house (because our first choice dessert, flan, wasn’t yet available). Roasted Peppers has renewed our hope that restaurants can do brunch right.