If you like deviled eggs and are ready for a twist on the classic, the deviled egg trio is a great way to experiment. The first is topped with crispy speck (like smoked prosciutto), the second with lobster and the third with caviar. These deviled eggs are a bit spicier than those in traditional recipes, but the added "deviling" makes an excellent complement to the savory garnishes, especially the salty caviar.
Next up are the fluffy buttermilk flapjacks, made exponentially better with sides of spicy-sweet chutney (a daring choice), whipped cream and maple syrup. McCready warned me that the chutney would have a kick (and he was right!), but golden raisins, pears and apples, all seasoned with cinnamon and ginger, provide a sweet balance to the condiment.
Fishy brunch comes in the form of a crab cake Benedict and a salmon salad. The Maryland Benedict places poached eggs on crunchy crab cakes, all topped with Hollandaise. An arugula salad on the side adds a hint of bitterness. The salmon salad, made with house-smoked salmon, sits on a latke with lemon-caper crème fraîche and a poached egg. The dish is surprisingly light, considering the rich fish, sauce and egg sharing a plate with fried potatoes.
If you're craving something more lunch-oriented, you can create your own seafood-based dish by picking your own protein — crab cakes, scallops, lobster, shrimp or a fish fillet — and then having it served on either a Green Goddess salad, a po'boy or avocado toast.
Brunch wouldn’t be complete without cocktails, and Stoic & Genuine has plenty of them. I started with the appropriately named It’s So Pretty, which combines gin with Crooked Stave Sour Rosé, a tart beer that mimics the trendy pink wine. I also tried the Scott Thompson, a tequila-based drink with prosecco, honey and carrot granita, which basically makes it an adult slushie. You can also get a mimosa or a Bloody Mary with a crab leg hanging out of it.
"One of the best parts about offering brunch here is that most people don’t think of seafood for brunch, and we get to delight them with dishes they never would have thought of," says director of operations Betsy Shields. "Patrick has incorporated the seafood incredibly well and in such a creative way."
Brunch has only been offered for six weeks, so this is your chance to Instagram some beautiful plates before your friends get the chance. Just make sure you include the tiny salt pails and shovels on the tables; they're adorable. Salt away!
Stoic & Genuine is located in Union Station at 1701 Wynkoop Street. For more information about brunch, call 303-640-3474 or visit the restaurant's website.