RSVP Montgomery

Off the Chain...Brunch Spots

JULY/AUGUST 2016

Hollan Smith
Montgomery is a city full of culinary talent providing locals with incredible dining experiences. While dinner often steals the spotlight, who doesn’t love a good brunch? Nothing is better than meeting up with friends over delicious food and bottomless mimosas to discuss the week’s events. We selected our favorite brunch spots based on menu variety, originality and atmosphere -- and boy was the research fun! These restaurants are locally owned and operated, or as we like to call them... Off The Chain.

Vintage Year
405 Cloverdale Road
Montgomery, AL 36106
Phone: 334-819-7215

Mon: Closed
Tues-Sat: 5 – 10 p.m.
Sun: 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Vintage Year has quite a history in Old Cloverdale’s entertainment district. With the exception of closing for a short season, it has been serving customers since 1984. New owners Derk Lyerly and Jud Blount made headlines when they reopened in January of this year. Their brunch menu definitely reflects the culinary skills of Chef Frederick Henderson. Whether you want the traditional egg brunch, something sweet and savory like French toast or waffles, or you are craving something full of flavor with pork, chicken or fish, there is something to please everyone’s palate. Check out Yelp or Open Table reviews and you will see why so many are raving about Vintage Year. Everything from the food, service, presentation, hospitality, music, ambience and bar service are all worthy of praise. Don't miss the house-made pickled vegetables at the bloody mary bar during your next brunch.

The A&P Social
503 Cloverdale Road, Unit 101
Montgomery, AL 36106
Phone: 334-356-3814

Mon: Closed
Tues-Thurs: 4:30 - 9 p.m.
Fri-Sat: 4:30 – 10 p.m.
Sun: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Also located in Old Cloverdale’s entertainment district, The A&P Social is another favorite hot spot offering New Southern cuisine. Sip on bottomless mimosas, listen to monthly live music or enjoy their made-from-scratch bloody marys. Menu offerings include: herbed goat cheese waffles, sweet potato hash, biscuits and home fries, and their infamous burger. Our go-to is always the fried green tomatoes with mozzarella cheese and strawberries. We also love the shrimp and grits with Andouille sausage. A&P is known for being locally responsible by using local farm-inspired ingredients. They are also known for their bycatch program, which is a program that turns lesser-known species of fish into beautiful and delicious creations. This program also supports the Seafood Watch Program. Chef Randal Gresham and Sous Chef Cameron Hodge seasonally spice up their menu by rotating elements to provide you with the freshest and most local ingredients possible. A&P’s casually elegant atmosphere and the hospitality of Assistant General Manager Jean Gresham will keep you coming back time and time again.

Sinclair’s Cloverdale
1051 East Fairview Ave 
Montgomery, AL 36106
Phone: 334-834-7462

Sun- Mon: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Tues- Sat: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Brunch available only Sat – Sun: 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

It’s hard to last 24 years without doing a lot of things right, and Sinclair’s has figured it out. Co-owners Bill Flippo and Johnny Sullivan have created an environment similar to “Cheers,” where everybody knows your name. Known for its warm, neighborly bistro atmosphere and long-standing staff, Sinclair’s is a charming staple in Old Cloverdale. Flippo’s wife, DJ, works hard behind the scenes to plate up the perfect dish that doesn’t lack on presentation. Our brunch favorite here is the eggs Benedict, and we can’t decide if the delicious East Fairview eggs or eggs tenderloin is better. It is still up for debate with the RSVP girls! If you are in the mood for something sweet, we highly recommend their specialty double lemon cheesecake. It’s amazing! Sinclair’s has one of the largest menus in Montgomery and those items are also available during lunch. While some of the restaurants we featured are open on Saturday or Sunday only, you can enjoy brunch on both days at Sinclair’s, and Sinclair’s East has the same delicious menu for brunch Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Last but not least, another thing we love about the Cloverdale location is the charming outdoor patio. What is better than brunch and cocktails outside on a sunny day?

Shashy’s Bakery and Fine Foods
1700 Mulberry Street
Montgomery, AL 36106
Phone: 334-263-7341

Mon-Fri: 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sat: 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sun: Closed

Shashy’s Bakery and Fine Foods is located in the Mulberry Business District. Serving anything from pancakes and pastries to eggs benedict over fried green tomatoes or shrimp and grits, you will find all the dishes are made with fresh ingredients and full of Southern flavor. On any given Saturday, you can find specialty items added to the menu such as crab cakes, eggs Sardou, fried quail and more! One of the things we love is that owner Jimmy Shashy buys his fruit and vegetables from the local curb market, and it’s always fresh. Jimmy is a baker at heart, and if you are in the mood for something on the sweeter side, check out his showcase at the front. It’s filled with beautiful, rich homemade cakes, danishes and pies, including cherry, pecan, chocolate cream, coconut cream, key lime and other selections. The strawberry cake is an RSVP favorite! Shashy’s quaint atmosphere is not only perfect for dining, but is available to rent for private parties. Jimmy has been keeping things running for 26 years and if you need to chat with him, catch him fast, as he is working all aspects of the restaurant with serious charm.

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