by Mabel Suen
Where: Gooseberries (2754 Chippewa Street; 314-577-6363)
When: Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
We Tried: The brunch buffet ($13 per person), complete with a table full of varied items to choose from, as well as made-to-order omelets and your choice of beverage, including ginger-iced coffee, sparkling juice and regular coffee.
Gooseberries opened last October in Dutchtown South, offering a veritable smorgasbord of eats and treats deemed pleasing to herbivores and omnivores alike. On Saturday afternoons, husband-and-wife duo Ross Lessor and Kim Bond offer up the tradition that started it all with a buffet full of their housemade specialties and baked goods.
The spread serves as a fitting introduction to the restaurant for newcomers, featuring plenty of standard menu items including the beet Reuben, kale-raisin salad, lemon-pepper chicken wings, housemade sausage and cookies.
Various dishes take on a build-your-own form -- look for a biscuits-and-gravy bar, a tofu bar featuring "Krispy Fried Tofu" and more, plus a nacho bar. The buffet also features a selection of pancakes, doughnuts and other breakfast standards that change weekly.
Get an omelet or two made to order by selecting from a list of fifteen different veggies, eight meats and five cheeses. Options include broccoli, beets, caramelized onion and celery, vegan chili, popcorn, wasabi peas, blackened spam, buffalo-ranch chicken and gyro slices.
Indecisive? The chefs provide some specialty combinations to choose from -- Bond's is the "Popeye" with yams, spinach, sweet peas and olive oil, while Lessor's is the "Giggity" with pulled pork, "black'n'blue mac," crispy noodles and hot sauce.
Regardless of which selections you opt for, rest assured that each and every dish is made according to the chefs' unique tastes. That said, eat well and ensure that not a single bite of this wholesome weekend buffet deal goes to waste.
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