Where: Capitalist Pig (2727 South 12th Street; 314-772-1180)
When: Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
We Tried: House-smoked brisket and eggs ($16); eggs Benedict ($12.50); pork-belly bacon BLT ($8.50).
Capitalist Pig opened in October 2012 inside Mad Art Gallery, an art gallery and event space that served as a police station in a former life. Utilizing products from local and regional farmers, chef-owner Ron Buechele cooks up a full menu of handcrafted barbecue for lunch Wednesday through Saturday.
Since last summer, visitors can also stop in on Sundays for a special brunch menu.
"We wanted to stay true to our barbecue roots, but at the same time offer new spins on some classic brunch items. We also wanted to keep it simple. Reinvention was the name of the game for our brunch menu," Buechele says. "If you came in to order off the menu, you'll see classic eggs Benedict, but you'll also find brisket and eggs or biscuits and gravy with delicious burnt-ends gravy.... It's brunch, but it's also barbecue. That's how we approached it."
Buechele's most recommended dishes include his smoky take on biscuits and gravy as well as salted-caramel French toast and smoked corn-beef hash with fried potatoes, poached eggs, chili-pepper cream sauce, capers and sweet cornbread. A couple of lunch staples from his regular menu as made it onto the list of offerings, including a pork-belly BLT with housemade bacon and chipotle aioli tomato jam.
From the bar, choose from a variety of bottled beers and cocktails, or opt for the house speciality, the "Bloody Pig" with Sriracha, housemade pepper vodka, a housemade pickle and a bacon-salted rim. A sunny patio provides some fresh air.
But to truly dine in style, choose a seat in one of the jail cells in the restored Art Deco building. The experience has become so popular, in fact, that Buechele will take the occasional reservation at the otherwise casual restaurant for parties who want to ensure they'll be seated there. With a brunch menu this enticing, getting thrown behind bars never sounded so good.
Previously on Brunch Bucket List: - Corvid's Cafe - Local Harvest Cafe - Yaqui's on Cherokee - Grove East Provisions - Gooseberries - Three Flags Tavern - Tree House - Benton Park Cafe - Mangia Italiano - Magnolia Café - Melt
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