Last month I had off on a random Sunday and you know me, I took advantage of the opportunity to try out a new spot for brunch. We ended up in Lawrenceville at Franktuary, a spot we had dined at earlier this year for dinner. While I wouldn’t normally equate a place that serves “gourmet” style hot dogs as being a brunch spot (don’t worry, hot dogs are NOT on the brunch menu), they offered pretty cool options all the same.
Although the time we went there for dinner the dining portion of the restaurant was deserted (the bar area was not), brunch was another matter. While there were empty tables, we ended up having to wait about 15 minutes to be seated. It’s a pet peeve of mine in instances like this because it always makes me wonder who those empty tables are for? But I digress.
The brunch menu does change weekly (some items are always listed) and I really liked the selections that were offered. You can always count on eclectic sounding offerings (BBQ Mushroom Tacos). We started by splitting an order of the Hum Glazed Donuts (it was $2.50 for four). The “hum glaze” had a boozy tasting kick and the donuts were large enough to whet the appetite but not ruin it either.
While the Island Rum Buckwheat Pancakes sounded superb (spiced rum walnuts…cinnamon whipped cream…$9), I thought that those, paired with the boozy donuts, would be body fat overkill. I always face this dilemma when I see pancakes or waffles on the menu that sound so good they should be featured on the dessert menu instead. I ended up selecting the Waffle Sandwich ($12). Believe me when I say that it was not as plain or boring as it sounds. On top of the waffle came the egg which was topped with sharp cheddar, arugula, your choice of either a sausage patty or bacon along with your choice of either salad or fried potatoes. I opted for the fried potatoes…healthy it was not. It also came with maple aioli. I’m not the biggest fan of aioli and while I only tried a little on my sandwich, the maple definitely made it one of the most unique tasting sauces I’ve ever tried.
D opted to Build Your Own Poutine ($12). This consisted of selecting an egg (any style), your meat (house bacon or ground pork sausage), either fried or sweet potatoes, your type of cheese (sharp cheddar, fresh provolone, or cheese curds), and then a sauce (brown gravy, hollandaise, cranberry aioli). He went with bacon, fried potatoes, cheese curds, and brown gravy. I wouldn’t call it poutine per se, but the thought was there.
He also got a spiked coffee ($5), having the option to choose between the syrup, the spike, and the garnish. For his spike he went with La Dorita Dulce de Leche. Cocktails are $10 but the second one is on the house which I’m sure is what contributes to Franktuary brunch’s immense popularity.
For the two different meals that I’ve eaten there, I think I prefer dinner to brunch, but as I’m always up for a brunch meal, I’m still happy to have tried it out.
3810 Butler Street Pittsburgh, PA. 15201