It's not a scoop to say that City Cafe has good fucking brunch. But what you may not know is that they now serve brunch as part of the lunch menu every day, until 3 p.m., because they know that sometimes you might have a hangover on a Tuesday or something. Also, if you go on Sunday, get there before all the church people arrive if you don't want to wait.
First things first: the bloody marys ($7.95). Stir that shit up before you drink it, because we've definitely had the pure vodka sip off the top. But once stirred, it's a good bloody, with a nice kick, aided by the Old Bay around the rim of the glass. And, not to be too picky, but it would be a lot better if they gave you a few more solid sides. They give you a lime and an olive and a stick of celery, and that's cool and all, but has no one in this town ever heard of pickled okra? Make a deal with Tanner's and your bloody marys would improve drastically.
Also, coffee: buyer beware. It is a good, solid cup of coffee, but not $4 solid, so if you just want a few sips after eating, maybe rethink. It's only worth it if you keep getting that sucker filled.
Now for the solids. Your server will bring a nice little cinamon roll for free, which is rad, but we always save it for dessert instead of using it as a sweet appetizer, which seems weird.
They've got an extensive brunch menu with the angry omelet ($15), with blackened shrimp, chipotle grits, and tasso ham, which is delicious, and fried chicken and biscuits, with poached eggs and hot sauce ($13), but usually, we only have to make one decision: Breakfast burrito ($11) or huevos rancheros ($13)? The burrito is filled with fluffy scrambled eggs, salsa verde, a creamy cheese, and weirdly, chickpeas (good weird, not bad weird). The whole thing is then crisped a bit in the oven and served with potatoes. It's not the breakfast burrito at Golden West, but it is damn good.
As for the huevos rancheros, it is hard to find a more interesting version of this dish in the city. Black beans, light scrambled eggs, and delicious, spicy vegetable escabeche (pickled vegetables such as jalapenos, cauliflower, and carrots—put that shit in the bloody mary).
There's a lot more on the menu, but we've been stuck on these few things for years. Maybe this weekend, we'll try the pulled pork benedict ($13).