I am on a quest to find the best brunch in the Louisville area. To me, the very word brunch smacks of luxury. A day that begins with a lovely brunch cannot help but roll along lazily afterward, pleasant and carefree. The Village Anchor offers a brunch to fulfill your most indulgent daydreams, complete with red velvet pancakes, a bacon infused Bloody Mary and crusty biscuits.
The Village Anchor offers spectacular eats at all times, but on Sunday mornings the restaurant opens at ten thirty. My party moseyed in a bit later and decided to order drinks, since we are not alcoholics at all. We ordered a bacon infused Bloody Mary which I can only describe as a drinkable BLT, garnished with a fat slice of candied bacon. We also ordered the Daisy Buchanan, a champagne spritzer made with honeysuckle bitters, fresh as morning dew.
Our service was prompt and our food came quickly. The red velvet pancakes arrived in an impressive stack, drizzled with sweetened Kahlua cream cheese. The big thick cakes had the same soft texture and light cocoa flavor that makes red velvet such a popular pastry. No falsified maple flavored stuff here, pure Vermont syrup soaked the bottom of the pancakes, just enough to add a tinge of icy maple flavor. A less sweet meal was found in the grilled filet mignon on Mozelle's Bleu Cheese Biscuits; two pillowy mounds of biscuit swimming in bleu cheese aioli and caramelized onions atop steak.
I consider myself an omelet connoisseur, and sampled the farm fresh omelet with candied bacon, mushrooms, and white cheddar. The blend of flavors in the thick four egg shell was dynamite, and the omelet was so hefty I needed help to finish. The accompanying greens were perhaps too wild to really complement the meal, but the dressing drizzled over them was divine.
The brunch at the Village Anchor does tend towards the expensive, but one must pay for real indulgence after all. The service is fabulous, the terrace is breezy, "God is in his heaven and all is right with the world". The Village Anchor brunch is the essence of elegance.
Photos: Lauren O'neil/Nathen Myers