I will end the year with a confession. I don’t really like to drink beer often. I like my alcohol like I like my men – hard and brown. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a restaurant that specializes in beer. Especially one that serves brunch. So one Saturday when the friends and I decided to hop in the car and try Beer Belly.
I’ll be honest, we drove by it a few times as it’s tucked away behind another business. I was very surprised because it’s such a small place. But hey, size matters not. I took a look at the menu and saw some big time flavors and immediately knew I was going to like this place.
First thing I ordered was the Duck Fat Fries with Duck Confit if only for the fact that I HAD to try something so ballsy. You’re telling me you fried this in duck fat then put a bunch of yummy duck cracklings on top? And you’re serving it with a raspberry mustard? Shut the fuck up. And I’ll tell you what. It was delicious. I may have raised my cholesterol a few points, but it was worth it.
I then needed something that was simple and light. So I got a side of lox with pickled onions. I wanted something a little healthier to offset the fried food I was ordering. It was exactly what I needed. Light, salty and clean.
Finally, I ordered something wild. A glass of fancy beer and Chicken “In” Waffles. That’s chicken, deep friend INTO a waffle. I have another confession, I’m not the biggest fried chicken fan either, but this was so inventive that I had to give it a try. The chicken was juicy, the batter just right, and the dipping sauces were a great addition to the flavors. The best part about it, was that I didn’t have that uncomfortable greasy tummy feeling after eating. I was full and satisfied, but not uncomfortable. With so much fried food, that is rare. And the beer was crisp and flavorful. I drank the whole thing (that’s even more rare).
I have to admit, the food was amazing, but my favorite part of brunch that day was the overall fun vibe that came courtesy of the Music Democracy. I downloaded the proper app to my phone and was able, with my friends, to vote for the music we wanted to hear. There was some punk, some 90s alternative, some hip hop, and I even was able to play a certain song that inspired my table to both groan with annoyance and laugh with glee as a sang along, “never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down…”
A place that specializes in beer? I have to confess, I loved it.