Cost: about $15 per person, with a cocktail
The cuisine: When we go to a bar before 6 p.m., we usually don't expect too much from the kitchen. But by keeping the menu simple and small, Junior's delivers a surprisingly satisfying brunch. Though there are only three items on the menu, the build-your-own omelet ($8) and build-your-own breakfast sandwich ($8) options allow a degree of choice. (There's also a $7 all-American breakfast: eggs, hash browns, bacon or sausage, and toast.) We went right for the build-your-own breakfast sandwiches, two scrambled eggs on a choice of bread (white or wheat toast, English muffin, or Texas toast) with a choice of cheese (cheddar, Chihuahua, Swiss or American) and meat (ham, bacon or turkey). Our bacon-and-Chihuahua sandwich on thick, lightly browned Texas toast was deliciously simple--and so huge we couldn't finish it.
Better than a bloody mary: We downed an orange mojito ($9), made with Bacardi O and a few orange slices, in record time--the bright citrus flavors were the perfect match for the drink's traditional muddled mint leaves. Plus, the fruity cocktail was a touch sweeter than a typical mojito, which helped it go down easy in the a.m. hours.
The wait: None.
Loved it: Hash browns! Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and not too greasy--just right.
Hated it: Savory breakfast items definitely delivered, but there wasn't one sweet alternative. We hear an expanded brunch menu is coming with football season.
M. Kathleen Pratt is the Metromix print editor.