Monday, January 14, 2013

Wildflour Café Towers does Sunday Brunch. And Dinner. And, of course, still lunch, too.

If you haven’t been to Sunday Brunch at the Wildflour Café at Towers Mall, you are missing out. Still some of the best food in town in general, their brunch menu sports exotic dishes such as Eggs Benedict, Shrimp and Avocado Quesadilla, and, best of all, mimosas. There is more basic fare as well, with omnipresent omelets and French Toast. The mimosas are just as wonderful as you would ever want, and at $4.50, why would you ever go anywhere else? In fact, the entire Brunch menu is so reasonably priced, and the offerings so quintessentially Brunch that other establishments should start to take notice. This addition to the Sunday scene is elegant without being stuffy; from the time you are seated to the time you pay, this is the Sunday Brunch that you have been waiting for.

I had Eggs Benedict, the vegetarian version with spinach and tomato. It was rich, decadent and satisfying without being heavy. I sneaked a bit of my companion's sweet potato hash, which was just as spectacular. We sat at a booth under the window box, brick poking out from beneath the plaster in the upper corner of the wall. This side of the cafe, the original seating, has enough old world charm to be worth visiting in its own right. And with the attentive and personable staff, you will feel at home the minute you step through the open ironwork doors.

The café that started it all has expanded their hours of operation to 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day, meaning I could possibly, maybe-just-possibly, get my fill of Jeff and Teal’s wonderful restaurant. The daily soups are worth the trip on their own, but I simply can’t decide which sandwich I love best. The Santa Cruz Quesadilla has long been a favorite of mine on warm days, with the Millet Grain Burger a staple for a heartier meal. But the new offering of the Rodeo Burger really hit the spot when my friend and I dropped in one Sunday after Pilates last week (what’s the point of working out if you aren’t going to be able to have awesome food?); it is easily one of the best burgers in town. Have I mentioned how much I love that they are open on Sunday? And I can’t wait to try the Blue Moon Wrap.

And then there is dinner. The menu doesn’t have steak, as yet, but there are some delightful offerings of seafood and chicken, as well as many a delicious vegetarian option at every turn. Red Beans and Rice won me over when I first tried it years ago, and this is a dish that continues to make loyal customers in one bite, vegetarians and omnivores alike. But please don’t forget to try the chicken scampi or the tilapia; this expanded menu delivers lovely, delicious fare. I do wish they had steak, though. I can only imagine how good it would be. And maybe lamb. I bet they would make decadent lamb.

After lunch or dinner, the desserts are as good as ever: fresh, melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Everything from the humble preacher cookie to carrot cake is near-perfect, and some of the best coffee in town rounds out the final course. You could eat here regularly and not repeat your selection or be disappointed -- for my part I plan on coming next Sunday and having the Croque Madame. Or maybe the Crab Cake and Salad. Definitely a mimosa.

If you’re looking for just the right place to meet up, Jeff and Teal have added libations to the menu, so feel free to order a glass of delicious wine, a loaf of bread, and share some time with your friends, in this casual corner of Towers Mall. For any meal, on any day, you simply can’t go wrong by going to Wildflour at Towers. This is a little bit of Europe in your backyard.

Their menu is online, but it doesn't include the brunch offerings.