Maine Lobster and Crawfish Benedict
Portland sure loves to eat out for brunch during the weekends and the hour long waits are considered normal at some locations. I personally don’t like waiting that long so I try and find spots that serve great food without the long lines. I’m not talking about the basic eggs/bacon/hash browns either which I can get for $2.95 at the dive bar down the street. I want something a bit different that can’t be replicated at home while I’m half asleep in my pajamas.
Enter EastBurn which serves brunch from 10 am-3 pm on the weekends and the wait was non-existent when I went there. We left after 11 am and there were still so many tables open which is totally unheard of at some other brunch spots. I will be sitting on one of the hanging basket chairs the next time I go there. How fun is that?!
My order is always a savory item and if there is eggs benedict on the menu I will order it 95% of the time. I love trying new versions of it and EastBurn did not disappoint. I was very satisfied with my order of Maine lobster and crawfish benedict which was served on potato pancakes instead of an English muffin and let me tell you, it was fried to a crispy perfection. It is served with spinach and a fontina cheese sauce ($12). I certainly could have loved more lobster but I know I wasn’t going to get a whole lobster tail so I can’t complain too much. It is a very rich and decadent dish that I would eat again in a heart beat. I don’t think the toast was necessary and seems out of place with this dish. The bf ordered the brisket hash ($10) with house-smoked beef brisket, veggies, potatoes and toast. He managed to eat half of it so the portions are not skimpy at all. He also enjoyed the “build your own bloody mary but if that isn’t your thing, mimosas are $2 with any breakfast purchase. They also start you off with complimentary mini scones (we got cranberry) which were delicious!
You can also accumulate points with your purchases at EastBurn to use towards rewards so sign up on their website. I have no idea what the rewards are though because I don’t think I’ve reached the needed points yet but I signed up anyways and received 100 free points.