If you’ve heard of 42 North Brewing Company but haven’t heard of Roots Kitchen, you’re having your cake but not eating it, too. Roots Kitchen is the mainstay food operation at 42 North, and they’ve been pumping out locally-sourced deliciousness since 42 North opened in late 2015. Having eaten there for both dinner and brunch, I admire how they keep the menu simple yet satisfying.
The menu consisted of four items the day we went to brunch: steak & eggs, sweet fig french toast, eggs benedict, and a pierogi bowl. A note on the bottom of the menu stated ‘ask about gluten-free or vegetarian options.’ My guests and I had no dietary restrictions, so we ordered all four dishes and passed them around, but I am aware from other visits that 42 North is very accommodating when it comes to modifying the food. On that same note, it was pleasant to see that two of the four menu items were vegetarian.
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After tasting each dish, it was evident that they were all put together thoughtfully. It’s difficult for me to eat eggs benedict amongst other things and not declare it my favorite. When a chef knows what they’re doing, hollandaise has got to be the most unapologetically taste bud-pleasing culinary invention ever. The Roots Kitchen chef pairs his with spicy capicola, toast, and of course, eggs poached the right way.
The pierogi bowl, with sautéed kale, jack & cheddar, and a fried egg, was one of those dishes I could eat every day – a balanced combination of carbs, cheese, eggs and greens. I love a good tex-mex spin on a brunch dish, and the addition of salsa rioja, cotija and cilantro on the steak & eggs was wonderful. A special shout out to scratch-made salsa and ultra fresh avocado on the accompanying toast. The sweet fig french toast with blackberry mint jam, chantilly cream and fresh blackberries – well, are blackberries your favorite fruit? Because they might officially be mine!
If you follow me on @buffalobrunch, you know that it’s no secret that I love the beer at 42 North, so I was happy to be able to pair all of the brunch dishes with their beer. My recommendations for each dish would be as follows: eggs benedict with the Illumination Bohemian Pils, pierogi bowl with a beermosa (ft. Wallonia Wit), steak & eggs with the Borderland IPA, and french toast with the Asylum Robust Porter.
A service concept that was late to Buffalo bars and restaurants that I personally love: ordering at the bar exclusively (ie. no floor servers). Not only is it good for restaurant management to control costs and for employees to make a little extra money, I think it’s nice for the customer to feel like they’re in a bit more casual of an environment, too. At 42 North, ordering is done through the bar and you take a number to your seat for a food runner to find you when your food is ready. If you want another drink, you head up to the bar and add it to your tab. Simple, functional, casual.
Oh, and what about coffee, you ask? They have a help-yourself station and it’s on the house! GENIUS.
Roots Kitchen Brunch at 42 North Brewing Company
Location: 42 North Brewing Company: 25 Pine St, East Aurora, NY
Hours: Sundays 11am – 1pm