After a lengthy trip to Asia, nothing was more exciting than the idea of a hearty breakfast…with plenty of meat (and no rice!). An invitation from Concentrics PR to try new Mason Tavern was the perfect opportunity to get back into good old American food.
Occupying the corner space of the same busy strip center as Community BBQ, Mason Tavern is the new neighborhood pub with a chic industrial look in tones of slate, warmed up with deep brown. LS met me at the restaurant in Decatur where we toasted to my return with a pair of ladylike No-Mosas, rose’ with orange bitters. Connor, our server, recommended the cocktail as we discussed the menu, among other things.
Guests can satisfy their morning sweet tooth with bananas foster pancakes or choose a savory sandwich like the Italian beef or vegetarian spiced cauliflower. Eggs benedict is my go-to brunch dish but it’s much too ambitious to make myself. Perfect execution is a must, from expertly poached eggs to smooth and creamy hollandaise. I can make a darn good breakfast at home, so if I’m gonna put on makeup and get dressed, there better be some sauce involved!
Mason Tavern offers two versions of the brunch classic, the Tavern benedict with fried chicken and hot hollandaise, and Florentine with spinach and roasted portobello. I chose the latter and instead of the portobello, I added a side of bacon. And I requested extra hollandaise. And a mimosa.
LS tried the Tavern skillet, a rustic combination of scrambled eggs, white cheddar, crispy pork belly, potatoes, peppers, and onions, baked until bubbly. A bite of it reminded me of a dish I’d make on a cold winter morning. As if that wasn’t decadent enough, she added a side of white cheddar grits. And a mimosa.
My eggs were perfectly poached and the hollandaise was lovely. I even enjoyed the nicely seasoned potatoes. Meanwhile, the chewy, salty bacon paired nicely with the sauteed spinach. Connor asked if we’d like another round of mimosas. Sure, why not?
1371 Clairmont Road NE 404-963-2322