Stuff we like: This Sunday, go Greek for breakfastIf the Grape Vine Café still feels like a secret, then the Greek restaurant’s weekend brunch is a double-secret — the kind that calls for a “Psst: Pass it on.”
By: Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune
If the Grape Vine Café still feels like a secret, then the Greek restaurant’s weekend brunch is a double-secret — the kind that calls for a “Psst: Pass it on.”
I found out about it when they posted a menu on the back door, an entryway that is close to the Michigan Street entrance to RT Quinlan’s. If there is ever a time to start fantasizing about eggy breakfast foods and vats of syrup, it is about 2 a.m. on a Saturday morning. Grape Vine certainly knows how to play off the bar crowd next door. I’ve ordered spanakopita and had it delivered to the bar; on New Year’s Eve 2008, a server came into Quinlan’s just after midnight and passed out menus and said the café would stay open until 3 a.m. that morning. Kudos for these little touches.
This past weekend I stopped in for baklava Greek toast. This is a geometric tower of three generous slices from a loaf of bread, made like traditional French toast, but with a sweet spread of nuts, cinnamon and sugar like you would find between blankets of flakey phyllo dough in a serving of dessert.
This comes with a side of syrup made of hot butter and honey, which is not at all a necessity but good just the same.
The whole mix was a nice Greek-style spin on a breakfast staple.
If sweet isn’t your thing, I was intrigued by the Greek hash, which will be what I get next time — and came recommended by the server. This is a mix of sautéed gyro meat, Greek sausage, roasted red peppers and potatoes with two eggs. There also is gyro omelet, served with their homemade tzatziki sauce, and a spanakopita omelet that caught my eye.
(This is a problem I have at Pizza Luce, too. Sweet or salty? Pesto Eggs Benedict, or Brie French Toast? There just isn’t a right answer.)
Your window for sampling GrapeVine’s breakfast fare is pretty small: They serve from this menu 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. just on Sundays.
What: Baklava Greek Toast, $5.69
Where: Grape Vine Café, 220 W. Superior St.
Contact: (218) 464-4027
Note: Brunch is served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays