Belly Filling Goodness
– Tipsy Parson
Whenever friends come to visit, I always want to show them the coolest, yummiest spots in New York City. There are tons of amazing places to choose from so I never want to let anyone down especially if they are visiting for just a hot minute. Sunday brunch is definitely a BIG event which I take very seriosuly but at times it can be tricky to find the perfect brunch spot for larger groups. I am a pretty big foody and I love reading reviews or asking friends for restaurant recommendations.
I ended up choosing Tipsy Parson, recommended by a friend, and let’s just say it was southern comfort galore. Absolutely delicious & had just enough space for a large group. Not only was the food filling but it was extremely tasty and it reminded me of a nice home cooked southern meal. The staff was friendly and attentive – southern hospitality at it’s best. The overall vibe was charming and it brought back memories of my trips down to Charleston where I love exploring the food scene.
We started off with drinks and an appetizer – a Spicy Bloody Mary pitcher and a Tipsy Palmer pitcher (sweet tea, fresh mint & vodka) along with an order of “Frickles” (fried pickles) dipped in buttermilk dressing. All so perfect. We all ended up ordering different dishes which made it so much easier to try multiple meals from the extensive menu. From the Biscuit Bomb to the BBQ Pulled Pork Spoonbread to the Farmstand to the Granola and the Savory Biscuit, the dishes were perfectly sized and we all left with our tummies very satisfied.
I had the Savory Biscuit with pimento cheese (I only recently found out how much I love pimento cheese) and scrambled eggs. The biscuit was warm on the inside and the pimento cheese was amazing. The combination of the three flavors worked really well together and let’s just say there was nothing left on my plate… My friend ordered the the BBQ Pulled Pork Spoonbread which consisted of pulled pork topped with fried eggs and oozy bbq sauce. It was a mix of smokey flavors and the eggs ended up being a perfect topping. The pork was tender and the corn bread was a nice balance to all of the rich flavors. My very good friend Caroline (and roommate from college) had the Farmstand which made it to the very top of my list. Two poached eggs with veggie and greens sound simple but the pesto and almond pieces were the cherry on top. The meal had pieces of artichokes (which i love) peas, tomatoes and salad. The poached eggs were runny and really worked with the pesto and veggie flavors.Now this meal was pretty intense and unique but definitely super cheesy which is ALWAYS a good thing. They call this the Biscuit Bomb! Fantastic name, right? I unfortunately do not eat sausage so I disappointingly was not able to have a taste but holy heck when the plate came out oozing with cheese, it looked unbelievable!
The biscuit bomb is stuffed with country sausage and cheddar cheese. Doesn’t that sounds amazing?! The side of scrambled eggs may have been too much of an addition but you can choose to have the Biscuit Bomb on it’s own or I saw it ordered as an appetizer too. Last but definitely not least, the Granola. Granola CAN be boring – but not this magic granola. The granola pieces were sweet just like frosted flakes but it was balanced perfectly with the non fat greek yogurt. I loved the preserved fruits too which had a syrupy flavor to them. A healthy meal that is deceivingly sweet = best of both worlds in my book. I almost ate the entire thing (after I finished the savory biscuit).Since brunch is a must do meal and calories don’t count on the weekends, Tipsy Parson is a MUST try. There is something on the brunch menu for every craving – sweet, savory, cheesy, eggy, waffly etc. The cocktails are on par, the service was really great, the food was perfectly seasoned, and the ambiance was super cute. I can’t wait to go back to try the Shrimp & Grits which is all I’ve been reading about.
Do you have any favorite brunch spots in NYC? I would love to know so I can add them to my list of places to try!