Regardless of the time of day or night that you’ve entered into Gypsy Parlor, there’s a mood about it that instantly puts you at ease. The effortless combination of hospitality and atmosphere has always made me feel welcomed and at home whenever I’m there. It definitely doesn’t hurt that I can get a platter of housemade chips and dip and wings at two in the morning, but hey, I have my priorities and you have yours. While I had never actually dined at Gypsy Parlor before heading there for brunch, I was excited to check it out solely based on my late night escapades.
The Gypsy Parlor brunch menu has an abundant selection of comfort food varying between American classics and dishes with ethnic twists. While you’ll find the standard brunch dishes like the brunch burger, eggs benedict, steak & eggs, french toast, and pancakes, you’ll also find pastelillos, naan pizza, giambotta, huevos rancheros and banh mi poutine. Either way, every dish I saw making its way to another table had my mouth watering. Let’s be honest, my mouth is watering right now.
I started my experience out with a spicy gin bloody mary and ordered the breakfast pastelillo to start. The pastelillo is filled with chorizo, scrambled eggs, provolone and salsa. Now, from what I had heard, the kitchen staff at gypsy parlor knows what they’re doing when it comes to pastelillos, and now I can tell you wholeheartedly that they absolutely do. The crunchy exterior of the pastelillo was not too greasy and had excellent flavor, and the ingredients it encased were distributed evenly, allowing each bite to be an explosion of flavor. I was happy to wash all of it down with my spicy yet balanced bloody mary.
For first-timers at Gypsy’s brunch, we decided to go with the typical brunch entrees. I ordered the classic eggs benedict and my dining partner got the steak and eggs at medium rare. All the parts of the benedict were as you expect a benedict to be – a nice balance of chew and crunch in the english muffin, topped with a hearty portion of canadian bacon, poached eggs and finished with a creamy, buttery hollandaise sauce. The sirloin steak was a bit over temp, but everything else about the steak and eggs entree satisfied the craving for such a dish. Both entrees came with a huge helping of crispy home fries.
Gypsy Parlor’s brunch menu offers five vegetarian options and a vegan scramble with tofu. It’s the spot to be for a laid-back Sunday brunch, and they stay open through the afternoon and into the evening, so if you decide to scoot up to the bar and bend an elbow for a while after brunch, nobody’s going to cramp your style. I’ll be looking forward to going back to try more of their brunch menu, but in the meantime, since I live near, I might just have to order a breakfast pastelillo every Sunday. They’re THAT good.
Location: 376 Grant St, Buffalo, NY 14213
Hours: Brunch served Sunday 11am – 3pm
Monday – Thursday & Saturday 5pm – 4am, Friday 2:30pm – 4am, Sunday 11am – 4am