Today is my dad's birthday. Happy Birthday, Dad! We celebrated on Sunday with brunch at Eleven. After my parents moved back to Pittsburgh, I signed them up for the Big Burrito emails, mailings, and coupons so dad had his Big Burrito Birthday coupon to use. SP & I were just at Eleven for my birthday brunch back in November and we tend to order the same things, so it was nice to have people brunching with us and seeing the food they ordered.
SP ordered his usual Bloody Mary while the rest of us enjoyed Mimosas. SP also ordered his usual first course, Three Greens Salad, and my dad ordered the first course I love, the Grilled Sticky. My mom chose Smoked Salmon (everything bagel, egg, capers, onion, scallion cream cheese):
She said it was excellent. Much to my surprise, she ate the entire bagel!
I decided to order the other first course that always catches my eye: Beignets (Meyer lemon, pomegranate, hazelnuts):
Powdered sugar dusted pillows of deliciousness. They look huge, but they are light and fluffy. SP ate one of my beignets, I ate the other 3. I'm not sure which I like more, the Grilled Sticky or the Beignets. It's a tough call.
Yes, I am a creature of habit, and since we never poach eggs at home nor do we ever make hollandaise, which I love, I had my usual Eggs Benedict. My parents both ordered Prosciutto Cotto, Caramelized Onion, & Aged-Cheddar Omelet with fingerling potatoes and bacon while SP chose Mushroom, Red Pepper, & Goat Cheese Omelet with fingerling potatoes and bacon.
With four people to share dessert, we decided to split Pear Crostata (Greek yogurt sherbet, toffee walnuts, honey):
It was delicious, the warm crostata with the cool sherbet, soft pears, sweet & crunchy walnuts. Everyone got 3-4 bites, which was just enough after the other 2 courses plus bread basket.
I'm glad we got to introduce my parents to Eleven and glad they enjoyed it so much. Next month is SP's birthday so hopefully I'll get to enjoy another Big Burrito Birthday Brunch.