Brenner's on the Bayou
Return to the Bayou
Sunday for Brunch
This April I celebrated with an early birthday brunch, when my daughter came to town. Luckily the rain held off as we hiked up to the rambling building, now called Brenners on the Bayou. I have no idea how this restaurant began, but it looked like an old house with numerous additions and renovations.
Old and New
We arrived at 11 and the restaurant was just preparing to open. It gave us time to look around. I spotted an old staircase that lead to upstairs bathrooms. This must have been an old house... but no one around looked like they had time for my questions. A space to the right of the door, must have been a closet. The mirrored floor and illuminated art felt a little like Alice in Wonderland. I was tempted to step into the art!
Arches & Wood
We stepped into the bar area with some arched woodwork, an old fireplace and vintage windows
An additional room beyond, had large windows with garden views. I was having a hard time envisioning the once old home.
The Small Bar
I loved the green walls and colorful art in the smaller, inside bar. The space looked much cozier than the swanky, Blue Bar at Brenner's, which seemed to wrap around the whole back of the restaurant.
Into the Dining Space
When the hostess was ready, she guided us through the bar, which opened to some elevated seating and a view of glass enclosed tables below. I looked at the space to the right and remembered eating up in the loft, when the kids were 9 and 11. Our son was excited about ordering the special, which was bison. We were not so excited when the bill arrived and realized his half eaten bison was about half the total of the entire bill.
From Our Table
Attacking the Beast!
Chicken Fried Filet Mignon and Eggs!
We decided one of us needed to try this ridiculous pick, even if the idea was sinful. Usually I don't put anything at all on a filet mignon. It's good all on its own. But this baby was fried and smothered in sausage gravy with pickled garlic and jalapenos. Yes, it was incredibly yummy, but I'm thinking it's a one time deal.
French Toast and Omelet
These options were a little more standard, but the French toast was far from ordinary. I could hardly make a dent in the corn flake crusted Brioche French toast, with Chantilly cream! The fresh berries helped ease my guilt. Don's spinach and provolone omelet was a little on the dry side for my preference. But at least it was a less rich option for the table.
Our waiter brought our doggy bag and then seemed a little rushed when I asked if he'd snap our photo. I wish I could say that someone ended up eating the leftover French toast or cinnamon roll. What a waste.
Only later did I see this photo and realize it was kind of odd that there had never been some kind of birthday acknowledgement after our first waiter. Oh well, thank goodness I don't care about that at all. Maybe our expressions spoke out to clearly... "We're full. Don't put anything sweet with a candle on this table!"
After brunch, we were delighted the predicted rains had held off. We wandered the grounds a bit. I don't think we even burned off the first bit of cinnamon roll.
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.