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Posts Tagged ‘brunch’

Charlotte Groupon for Pewter Rose

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on June 11, 2010

I’ve been signed up to get Groupons (coupons in cities available for one day only… essentially you’re buying a gift certificate at a discount rate) for Charlotte and now Las Vegas for a handful of weeks and I have yet to purchase one (although there are some past ones I wish I had been a Groupon receiver so I could have bought them. Today, however, I wanted to be sure to get the word out on Charlotte’s Groupon of the day. It’s for Pewter Rose, one of the Husband’s and my favorite brunch places in Charlotte.

*Note* The Groupon is not redeemable on Sunday at brunch. However, they also have brunch on Saturday so we highly recommend that if you live in Charlotte or plan on visiting, get this Groupon today. Pewter Rose’s brunch is superb and who doesn’t like to save money? 🙂

Check it out at Groupon’s site for today, June 11, 2010. (If you see this post after 6/11/10, unfortunately you won’t be able to get the Groupon but we still recommend you head to Pewter Rose!)

Oh, and Pewter Rose does serve lunch and dinner.  We’ve never been, but if they’re half as good as brunch, you won’t be disappointed.

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Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on February 25, 2010

A few weekends ago, the Husband and I headed up to Northern Virginia for a good friend’s baby shower.  This was the weekend after the ridiculous snow storm that shut down the nation’s capital for nearly a week, so we were nervous that the snow would cause us delays or possible cancellations.  Little did we know that it would actually be snow in Charlotte that would cause us a delay!

We had originally had a flight booked for around 6:30am Saturday morning so we were somewhat relieved to receive an automated message from United the night before advising the flight had been cancelled and a second phone call about 10 minutes later letting us know we’d been rebooked on the 10:30am flight.  I was NOT pleased, however, when the United call center (in India?) called me at 3am to tell me the same thing… at least I got to sleep in for a few more hours though!

Once we landed at Dulles, we were hungry and decided to get brunch.  I got to choose so I went with one of my favorite brunch places that would be close to the baby shower – Eggspectation in Centreville/Chantilly.



In general, I’m not big into breakfast foods.  The one thing I do love, though, is eggs! So, a restaurant centered around eggs is perfect to me 🙂

I love the decor of the Eggspectation restaurants.  Whisks for door handles…

IMG_2021 A wine tree…


Funky bookshelves 🙂

IMG_2013 The restaurants are generally spacious and great for group outings.




As some of you may have noticed from our brunch posts, I love Eggs Benedict.  Eggspectation has an entire page dedicated to variations of this wonderful dish!


So, of course I ordered one 🙂  I went with the Smoked Salmon Benedict.  It included two eggs poached, smoked salmon, gruyere cheese, with hollandaise sauce on english muffins.  It came with a side of fruit and grilled potatoes.  Sometimes I substitute grilled tomatoes for the grilled potatoes.  Both options are delish!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t super impressed with my eggs benedict.  I think the gruyere was unneeded and overall it just didn’t hit the spot.  Oh well.


The Husband ordered an omelet, possibly the Spanish omelet.  He wasn’t impressed either…

IMG_2015 And a side of toast…

IMG_2016 I’m not sure why we didn’t enjoy our brunch that day.  If you like eggs, we recommend you check one of their locations out and see what the food’s like for yourself.  For those of you who don’t like eggs, there are many options sans eggs, both breakfast and non-breakfast related, so don’t shy away just because you don’t like them.  Give them a a try and let us know what you think 🙂

Eggspectation on Urbanspoon

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Brunch at Pewter Rose

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on December 28, 2009

The weekend of my graduation, I made it a point to make it to Pewter Rose for brunch! I’ve decided that brunch is possibly my favorite meal (having the option of both breakfast and lunch foods at the same time?!?! sign me up!).  Plus the Husband had been a few weeks earlier with friends and came home with good reviews.  I thought my parents and I would like to try it out.

IMG_1920 Luckily, I made reservations on as it was quite busy! There were a number of large parties (which ultimately caused us to wait a long time for our food) but the service was fun and the atmosphere was great!





Being brunch the day after graduation, I wanted a Mimosa 🙂 Unfortunately it was before noon in the bible belt so no alcohol to start 😦


The Husband went with coffee (I like how coffee looks in glass mugs!)

IMG_1902 And I stuck with water.  I’m not sure if you can see the detail of the pitchers, but they all have oranges and limes in them.


One of the items that many customers come back for are their complimentary Butterscotch Scones.  These were great! Later in the morning, while waiting for our meals that took a while due to the large parties, our waiter brought us a second round.  Yay!


Before we arrived, I knew that if they had Eggs Benedict, that would be my choice.  Not only did they have the traditional kind, they had three options!


I generally prefer a Florentine Benedict (spinach instead of ham) but with that not on the menu, the Oscar Benedict (crab cake, asparagus, poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce) looked good.  I chose grits on the side topped with cheese.  The Oscar Benedict turned out to be a perfect choice!  The grits bowl was larger than expected so I ate only a bit of it.


There were so many good options on the menu!  If I hadn’t been set on Eggs Benedict, I’m not sure what I would have chosen.


At the recommendation of the waiter, my dad ordered the Mashed Potato Omelette.  It included mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, strips of bacon, and scallions in the middle of a large omelette.  We knew it would be big but had no idea it would be this big!


At my urging, my mom ordered the Bananas Foster French Toast.  I got to have her leftovers for breakfast the next day and they were still good in a box 🙂


The Husband went with the Huevos Rancheros and was pleased with his selection.


Pewter Rose lived up to my expectations for a tasty brunch in a fun location! It reminded the Husband and I of our brunch at High Cotton in Charleston – just a bit less dressy!  The food was tasty, but it was a bit frustrating at how long it took to receive our food (45 minutes or so).  It was all worth it, though, and the company made the time fly!

Pewter Rose Bistro on Urbanspoon

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High Cotton for Brunch

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on October 6, 2009

While I enjoyed our meals during our first two days in Charleston, I was most excited for the reservations I made for my birthday on Sunday! Per a recommendation from our friend Diana, we booked reservations for brunch at High Cotton.


Unsure of the dress code, we erred on the side of caution.  The Husband wore a collared shirt with nice shorts (it is the end of summer in the south) and I went with a summery skirt and nice top.  We fit in nicely for our demographic!

The dining room was exactly what I imagined: classy and southern with ceiling fans included!


Being my birthday and brunch, I was certainly going to have an “eye opener.”


I originally planned on the generic mimosa but decided on the Island Martini as soon as I saw it: Stoni Vanila, house infused pineapple vodka, and orange juice.  Yum!  The Husband decided to try The Charleston Cocktail:  Local Firefly Sweet Tea vodka, Madeira, lemonade, iced tea, and mint infused syrup.  The right drink for the atmosphere 🙂


When I checked out the menu prior to making reservations, I knew exactly what I would have: Crab Cakes Benedict.  A slight twist on eggs benedict, this dish was with crab cakes instead of ham and fried green tomatoes instead of english muffins.  With a side of cheese grits, this dish was amazing! A great start to the day 🙂


The Husband ordered the French Toast and bacon.  Simple and good.


I also ordered a side of fresh fruit…


Overall, brunch was wonderful.  The food and drink were enjoyable, the service was good, and the atmosphere was enjoyable.  If we get a chance, I’d love to try High Cotton again for lunch or dinner!

High Cotton on Urbanspoon

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