There’s something about brunch that’s completely different from any other meal. Sure, you could argue that brunch is a mix of breakfast and lunch but it really isn’t. It’s a meal of magic and deliciousness that not only makes it socially acceptable to drink before noon but reminds you that it’s the weekend and it’s okay to indulge sometimes.
I had the opportunity to try the brunch menu at Creo (Stuyvesant Plaza, 1475 Western Ave, Albany) this weekend. Creo already had a well established a Sunday brunch but just a few weeks ago they started a Saturday brunch as well. The menu is the same [found here] but just imagine how great a brunch could taste knowing you don’t have to be at work the next morning! (NOTE: I received a different menu in the restaurant than the one posted online. A lot of the items are the same but it should be noted that though some are not on the menu on the website, each of these dishes were on the menu I received in house)
The first thing you need to do is get a bottomless brunch. For $15, you get unlimited drinks during the brunch and if you plan on having anymore than 2 drinks (and of course you will), it’d be a waste not to. I took it upon myself to try each of the cocktails for you so you know where to start. First, I had a BeerMosa ($7). I know what you’re thinking and believe me, you’re wrong. A regular mimosa is orange juice and champagne but this is orange juice and beer. Don’t knock it until you try it, it was a great balance and a great start to our meal. Next, I tried the bellini ($9). It was my first bellini so I can’t really compare it to anything but it was good anyway :) Then I had the poinsetta ($10) which was champagne and cranberry juice. Four words: loved it, order it. I ended with the original mimosa ($8) and it was great. Perfect amount of orange juice to end the meal on.
Now the best part of brunch, all of the delicious things to try! To start, we got a basket of blue cheese scones and corn & cranberry zucchini muffins. Grab the cranberry zucchini quick, they’re my favorite and I don’t really like cranberries that much. Our first dish was Wood Fired Farmer’s Eggs ($13), 2 eggs baked in marinara sauce with grilled bread. It was a perfect dish to start off with because it was very light and perfect enough to split with someone. The sauce was great, the eggs were runny and the flavors just went so well together. Take the bread, soak everything up in it and enjoy.
Next, we had the toastadas ($14- pictured in the slideshow). Toastadas are eggs, chorizo, crispy corn tortilla, cheddar cheese & salsa roja. This is a must order. The crispy tortilla with the runny egg and cheese- it’s like breakfast nachos. Who doesn’t like nachos? The chorizo bumped up the flavor to a whole new level. I would’ve been happy with just this for breakfast, actually, I would be happy eating this for breakfast every day.
Last course was my eggs benedict ($14) which is eggs on an English muffin with a thin slice of Canadian bacon covered in hollandaise sauce served with home fries. My Mother ordered the corned beef hash ($16), house corned beef, peppers, onions, potatoes, over easy eggs with a balsamic cherry glaze. I liked the eggs benedict. I usually order the eggs benedict as a base since it’s kind of a brunch special. I didn’t really taste much of the Canadian bacon, it was sliced very thin, and the hollandaise was delicious but I just kept finding myself going back to the tostadas. My Mother’s was amazing. The corned beef was melt-in-your-mouth and that balsamic cherry glaze was not something I thought was going to be as delicious as it was.
The final course was ice cream. Apple Butter Cheesecake ice cream. I’ll let those words settle in because yes, it was just as delicious as it sounds and with that was Thai Tea. It was so interesting to get the two flavors and textures of the ice cream in one dish. The cheesecake ice cream was very creamy and if I wanted a dish of ice cream, I’d love to be able to go to my fridge and grab that. To end brunch, Thai Tea is the way to go. It’s refreshing and palate-cleansing and it didn’t hurt that it was also delicious.
Overall, brunch was awesome and Chef Eric Sell is amazing and super sweet. Solange, our fantastic waitress (seriously, ask for her, she’s the best), said that he brings a great energy to the restaurant and you can tell. He has an incredible backstory too- from Chicago to Hong Kong to Japan and Italy, New York City and now we’re lucky to have him here! If you’re looking for a brunch, you need to try this one out. Now if you want brunch Saturday and Sunday, you can! Enjoy and let me know what you ordered!