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Mac’s on Hertel Does Brunch Basics Right

Mac’s on Hertel / Photo x Morgan Culhane

Mac’s on Hertel just recently showed up on my brunch radar. They serve brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. That’s a find!

I’m a huge fan of their Buffalo Chicken Crunch Rolls, and almost always order them. But this time, I decided to check out their brunch.

If you want a low-key brunch experience with plenty of seating where you can carry on a conversation during your meal, check this place out. The two-story space has a wrap-around bar, lots of TVs, and a beautiful 20-foot mural of downtown Buffalo circa 1901. (My parents loved it!)

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We ordered:

  • Mac’s Breakfast Platter: 2 over-easy eggs, home fries, choice of candied bacon or sausage patties and toast.
  • Truffle Denver Omelet: Three egg omelet filled with diced potatoes, ham, onions and fire roasted poblano peppers, and white truffle oil. Served with home fries.
  • Waffle Flight: One waffle covered with marinated berries and crispy bacon, one with sliced bananas, walnuts and caramel, and one with a chicken tender, maple butter and chili oil.

Mac’s on Hertel / Photo x Morgan Culhane

Mac’s on Hertel / Photo x Morgan Culhane

Mac’s on Hertel / Photo x Morgan Culhane

When it comes to brunch, potatoes are my #1. If the potatoes are done right, nothing else matters. And these ones checked all my boxes. They are crispy on the outside, puffy on the inside, and extremely well-seasoned. Our table unanimously agreed – Mac’s home fries get 5 stars.

Full disclosure, I normally do not eat bacon. Crazy I know. But this smoky, yet sweet candied bacon may convince me to convert. The bacon lovers at my table agreed the flavor and texture were oh so right.

I have a weakness for everything and anything truffle, so I had to try this omelet. A little bit of truffle oil goes a long way, and when combined with the eggs the result is an extra fluffy omelet. The rich, savory flavor of the oil complements the bite-sized pieces of ham and veggies perfectly.  

The waffle flight includes three very different flavor combos. Keep in mind, the samples only add up to ¾ of a whole waffle. I recommend ordering this if you can’t decide which waffle to order as a full portion or as an appetizer to share with the table.

My overall impression: breakfast basics trump everything.

After trying all three entrees, I have to say the basics have it. My recommendation? Start with mimosas (obvi), order the Mac’s Breakfast Platter or the Truffle Denver Omelet with a side of bacon, and get the Buffalo Chicken Crunch Rolls to go!

 

Mac’s on Hertel

1435 Hertel Ave, Buffalo

Open Saturday & Sunday for Brunch from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

macsonhertel.com

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