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First Look: Brunch House

brunchhouse4Usually when a restaurant has only been open for a month or so and doesn’t — shall we say? — have all its spaghetti in the pot, I’ll be the first to say, “Give it some time.”

“Let them work out the kinks.”

“They just need to oil the machinery.”

“They should get their ducks in a row.”

I’m afraid there isn’t a suitable cliche to excuse the meal I had at the Brunch House. If the nice owners  want to retain any of the customers who have espied this cheery corner spot in a new development adjacent to Nuevo Laredo Cantina and wandered in, they need a warning.

Here it is.

Let’s put aside any subjective comments and let the facts and numbers speak for themselves.

brunchhouse3The food: Hmm. At right we see my breakfast. What is it? According to the menu card:

Three mushrooms egg white omelette: shiitake, portabella (sic), and baby bella cello mushrooms with melting variety of cheeses, hash browns and toast.

According to empirical evidence:

Button mushrooms squidgies and semi-softened cheddar shreds. No toast.

The price: $9.89.

The number of bites the omelette yielded: 3.

The number of occupied tables in the restaurant: 4.

brunchhouse1The number of minutes elapsed between serving this plate of biscuits and gravy and the omelette: 11.

The number of times we needed to request the missing toast: 2, plus a visit to the counter.

Please, Brunch House: Work the kinks out of your ducks and oil your act.

The Brunch House: 1465 Chattahoochee Ave., 404-350-9665. Hours: 6:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mondays-Fridays; 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturdays. Closed Sundays (when, of course, no one thinks of brunch).

19 comments Add your comment

ChefJay

March 29th, 2010
5:34 pm

Wow. The omelet looks like a pile of raw chicken skin. Seems like a cool looking place though.

Kenbud

March 29th, 2010
5:41 pm

John …. that looks revolting. Why even go back?

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Nora

March 29th, 2010
6:15 pm

Closed on Sunday? FOAM plates?

’nuff said….

barney

March 29th, 2010
7:13 pm

yea, been there once and gotta say the MOST annoying thing is trying to eat ham, eggs, and grits on a foam plate with a plastic knife and fork (with a piece of wax paper on the plate, under the food)…

huh?

they really need to change the concept and lose the paper/plastic/foam.

food boy

March 29th, 2010
10:10 pm

wow!! brunch house isnt that down the street from social house… sounds like some people who own a gas station or something and saw the lines down the street at social house.. maybe the owners should call it THE ORIGINAL social house and the brunch house should go back to pumping gas or whatever they were doing a couple a months ago.. ate there 1nce and i couldnt finish. good call John..

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Angela

March 30th, 2010
9:06 am

We accidentally stumbled in there opening weekend and judging by the looks on all of the other diner’s faces, it was no where near what any of us had anticipated it would be. We all kind of looked at each other and shrugged as we passed the one bottle of ketchup back and forth between our tables. The food was bland, the atmosphere stale and the thought of all the trash they must create by serving every meal with foam plates and plastic utensils made us feel too guilty to return.

It’s unfortunate too, since the Westside has really been developing and picking up. It doesn’t need a place like this that, I predict, will be gone in a short amount of time. I’m actually afraid John is being too kind by suggesting they have an opportunity to work out the kinks.

Paddy

March 30th, 2010
10:16 am

$10.00 for breakfast on foam plates and plastic knives and forks? Waffle House got it right years ago. Sell-A-Heap; Sell-It-Cheap. If you leave a resturant after breakfast and you are still hungry, go somewhere else next time. Don’t believe they are going to have the time to work out the kinks. Closed in 3 mons!

Paddy

March 30th, 2010
11:01 am

I just caught that! The Brunch House does not serve Sunday brunch? A unique approach to being successful! Wonder why other resturants have not incorporated this idea in their business plan? I have changed my mind. This place is going to be a huge success. Can’t you just see them franchising this concept.

Nora

March 30th, 2010
3:54 pm

Sounds like this is going the way of The Painted Table

Paddy

March 30th, 2010
4:57 pm

Nora…..I am not familar with The Painted Table. Did they use foam plates and plastic knives and forks also?

Nora

March 30th, 2010
7:22 pm

Paddy: no, I don’t think they used foam plates, etc. I never went there. It was a breakfast/brunch place in the Grant Park area (I think) that didn’t last long for various reasons which seemed to come from poor management and a poorly implemented concept. Pity on both counts.

Paddy

March 30th, 2010
9:39 pm

Thanks Nora for the info.

Ganners

March 31st, 2010
9:49 am

Foam plates? Seriously? Plastic cutlery? Say it ain’t so.

It is so special to find a brunch spot that offers a nice spread, has good prices, great service and it a part of the community. I wish we had more little gems. For me the Square Bagle in Marietta is an institution. I love Vicory’s also. J. Christopher’s has been hit or miss lately—I was THRILLED this weekend to welcome back the fried green benny. To see your competition and then open your doors expecting to gain market share with sub par food that is not even as described on the menu and disposible everything makes me think one thing: Brunch House, you too are disposable.

Baltisraul

March 31st, 2010
12:22 pm

Guess this group never took a visit to The Dillard House to see what people enjoy and what it takes to bring them back again and again. This resturant got it’s “one kiss at the pig” and missed the lips by a mile.

Deloris

April 9th, 2010
8:45 am

They call themselves the Brunch House…I could have gotten a better meal at Quiktrip. Eggs were scorched, bacon undercooked and the only orange juice they offered was tropicana in a bottle. After two bites, just left. I give them 6 months.

Baltisraul

April 23rd, 2010
5:05 pm

Tried to go to the Brunch House for Sunday Brunch. They must have stepped out, I could not wait for them to come back. I will try again on another Sunday

georgiabirdgirl

May 21st, 2010
10:02 am

This is the most unappealing looking breakfast I’ve seen in awhile. Serving it on cheap paper plates takes it down another notch- hard to do. Closing a brunch restaurant on Sundays- just plain stupid. There are enough yummy restuarants in Atlanta to command my brunch time and money that I won’t waste any on this spot.