The morning after last week’s ice storm, I had to leave the house anyway, so it seemed as good a time as any to try the relatively new breakfast options at Art’s Pub, where you can otherwise get all sorts of tasty bar food and a beer as early as 7 a.m. It makes sense that they’d add breakfast options, and I’m so glad they did.
These include standard bacon and eggs as well as breakfast pizzas, sandwiches, waffles, omelets and hashes. A hash was the obvious choice for me, as a huge fan of what I lovingly refer to as “slop piles,” which, to qualify, need to be served in a big, trough-like bowl and consist of four or more elements haphazardly piled on top of each other, covered in one or more sauces. It should be like a geological cross-section or an abstract lasagna. My selection, the Cabo Hash, absolutely fit the bill.
The base layer is composed of sweet potato tots and fried potatoes. It was clear to me that both of these items came from a bag and went into the deep fryer, but I have absolutely no issue with that. I was eating breakfast in a bar, after all. The potatoes are topped with a medley of fresh peppers, chorizo, queso fresco, pico de gallo, lime crema and, most important, pickled red onions.
Now, are pickled red onions everywhere I look lately? Sure. But sometimes things are popular because they’re just really good. The starch of the dueling potatoes and the richness of the chorizo made for the perfect bite when combined with the lime-infused sour cream and the bright, acidic vinegar flavor of the onions.
Two perfectly cooked sunny-side-up eggs completed this delicious breakfast formation, and each forkful taken from the core brought more of the runny yolks into the mix. I was scooping piles of the various elements onto pieces of sturdy rye toast, slurping my coffee and doing a crossword. It was lovely, and I was left with ample leftovers to create a second slop pile at home.
Though it’s probably not the first place you’d think of for breakfast, Art’s Pub’s interesting options and comfortable, extremely casual atmosphere warrant its addition to your list of places to try.
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