Brunching at The Bookstore Bar & Café

In December, my Seattle Foodie Podcast co-host Nelson Lau and I had a chance to visit The Bookstore Bar & Café for a Build Your Own Brunch Party, a seasonal event to launch a new brunch and cocktail menu from Chef Aaron Leopold.

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Our delicious brunch spread

The day began with a DIY bloody mary and mimosa station. Diners can get their cocktails exactly the way they want by building their own. I chose to build a bloody mary using a tomatillo base. Honestly, my bloody mary turned into a meal since I had so many great additions to choose from like pepperoni sticks, candied bacon, pickled beans, peppers, pickle spears, and more!

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Bloody Mary with tomatillo base

The substantial buffet included corned beef hash, vegetable frittata, herb roasted potatoes, and chilaquiles. Other stations included a bagel station, seasonal fruit platter, chicory salad, and chicken and waffle skewers.

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Lovely fruit platter

Since we were having brunch in December, I didn’t have a lot of expectations about seasonal fruit. I stand corrected. The seasonal fruit was excellent! The blackberries were plump and juicy! Strawberries, figs, and pineapple were equally scrumptious!

 

I’m a fan of easy to eat food and the chicken and waffle skewers fit the bill. As if that weren’t enough, they had a maple syrup fountain to dip skewers in. Fun and tasty!

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Our bagel creation with fresh fruit

Herb roasted potatoes and corned beef hash rounded out my list of favorites for the day. Potatoes were well seasoned and well cooked. I can never say no to the savory deliciousness of corned beef hash.

The best station that day was the cookie decorating station for the holidays. Nelson and I had an impromptu cookie decorating contest. Staff voted on their favorites and I’m sure you can tell who the winner was. 🙂

The Bookstore Bar & Café offers seasonal brunches from time to time. They also offer a regular brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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