If brunch is a good idea, then birthday brunch might be the best idea. This Sunday I gathered a few of my close friends and headed over to Ripe Eatery to celebrate. I’ve been to Ripe on many occasions and have never been disappointed. Though this was my first time coming for brunch, my excitement was still the same. Ripe has a policy that half of your party needs to be there before you are seated, even though they were busy with their brunch rush once I met the “people needed” quota, I did not have to wait for seating. The atmosphere of Ripe is casual, with muraled walls and lighting fixtures that you’d probably see in Ikea, but don’t be fooled into thinking that you aren’t going to be getting gourmet food. Inside there’s ample seating of tables and booths, as well as a few tables outside for those who would like to enjoy the fresh air.
Our waitress seemed to be having an off day, with it taking a bit for our drink orders to happen. But once they arrived, I ordered their Mimosa ($7), I was a happy camper. Along with the drinks you receive complimentary biscuits with a cinnamon glaze.
My mimosa was perfect. The classic mimosa consists of Cava and orange juice. The price was a little steep, but well worth it. Just enough Cava but not overwhelming, the only thing I wish they would have mentioned was that the orange juice had pulp. Some may be a fan of pulp, I am not one of them. Pulp aside, I will definitely be getting it again. Their brunch menu consists of breakfast items such as omelets, scrambles, benedicts and pancakes, as well as sandwiches and salads for those who prefer lunch for breakfast. The price is a little bit steeper than your average breakfast spot, meals ranging from ($8-$12) but I still stand firmly behind the phrase “you get what you pay for.” Not to say you need to pay an arm and a leg for a good meal, but with their seasonal menu and the quality of food they produce, I’d say it’s worth it.
I decided to get the Salmon Benny ($11) which consisted of two soft poached eggs, smoked salmon, spinach, swiss cheese and hollandaise sauce. It comes with a side of fried potatoes and black beans (the beans can be subbed out for fresh fruit an additional charge). My friend ordered the Crab Benny ($12), which is lump crab and red pepper pesto. Both served on English Muffin halves. The Salmon Benny was delicious. Seasoned perfectly was a generous amount of salmon. The hollandaise sauce was flavorful and complimented the dish itself. The breakfast potatoes were crispy on the outside and creamy inside, the way a fried potato should be. The black beans lacked any pizzaz, in my opinion. They were cooked well, but didn’t have any real flavor other than the fact that they were black beans. If given another opportunity I’d sub them for the fruit. The crab Benny was perfect. Just as with the Salmon, it had ample portions of crab meat that was seasoned beautifully and held it’s own against the flavors in the pesto as well as the hollandaise. While the portions looked small on the plate, I was definitely full once I finished.
Overall, my experience at Ripe was an enjoyable one, minus the slightly slow service I’d recommend that anyone go and enjoy some good food at a great place. They are open Monday- Friday 11:00am-10:00pm. Saturdays for breakfast and dinner, Sundays 9-3.
910 E. Redd Road, Suite A