FNG is your hometown diner, hit with a little rock-and-roll attitude. From the large, cozy booths to the classic record covers framed on the wall, Troy Guard's West Highland eatery gets diner style right, even with a few upscale embellishments in the dining room and on the menu — and that goes for brunch, too.
A sure sign of a classic diner? There's cereal on the menu. But FNG makes your Saturday morning bowl an adult occasion with the addition of Bailey’s Irish Cream or peach schnapps. The menu calls the combo the Cereal Killer, and I thought Froot Loops with peach schnapps was a killer pairing, thanks to the science — and possibly magic — that results in a flavor almost exactly like strawberry milk.
If it's fried chicken you want, FNG has it in sandwich form, with a buttermilk-brined chicken breast with housemade pickles and a cabbage slaw. The chicken is crunchy but not too heavy, but if you want to save room for other brunch options, you can also order the sandwich in slider size.
The brunch cocktail menu reads like an homage to Guard's rock idols (just like those framed album covers). The Almost Famous is vodka-based, with coconut milk, citrus, ginger and a mint leaf, while the Bramble On combines mezcal with blackberry, salt and mint.
“We’re excited to offer brunch on Tuesdays through Sundays because industry folks don’t usually have those times off,” Haupt explains. To give a little back to the service industry, FNG offers restaurant workers 20 percent off their bill with proof of employment.
FNG is located at 3940 West 32nd Street and serves brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For more information, call 720-667-3727 or visit the restaurant's website. Hot tip: FNG is hosting a Super Bowl party with a $25 all-you-can-eat mac and cheese station and a taco bar, along with game-day drink specials.