Looking for a unique and fun brunch spot with the girls? Or perhaps some Southern Hospitality comfort food? You’re in luck! Saint Marc Pub-Cafe, Bakery & Cheese Affinage recently launched their Brunch Menu in February at Pacific City in Huntington Beach. Equally as long and extensive as its name, Saint Marc offers within its restaurant a cheese shop, bacon bar (also soon to be open for to-go orders), Coke Freestyle machine, premium bar and cafe bar for the morning folks.
A unique dining experience with a “Free Flow” theme, Saint Marc lets the customer be in control of ordering with the iPad ordering system at every table. Desserts before the meal? Build your own cheese plates? It’s all about your own choice here. If help is needed, Saint Marc’s knowledgeable servers, also known as “Ambassadors” will “flow” to your table and help. Tony Benson, an ambassador during my visit, brings fresh “free flow” bread from the kitchen and brings drinks from their hydration station. A self serve hydration station is also available nearby to let customers pour their own water as an option.
Saint Marc’s brunch is a modern take on Classic Americana cuisine. Think Classic Southern comfort food with a modern makeover. Executive Chef Jay Bogsinske, with an extensive resume of fine dining experience at five star restaurants, explains some of the morning dishes available from the brunch menu (Pics at bottom of the page)
Watermelon and Feta with pickled Jalapenos– A refreshing course opener with spices of jalapeno and cilantro along with olives and salt on watermelon with feta cheese.
The Ham & Eggs-The traditional sandwich takes a makeover with Meyer lemon and tarragon aioli. A Bearnaise is served instead of the traditional hollandaise sauce. To make it more Southern Americana, fried green tomatoes are served instead of bread.
Chipped beef on Toast-(Also known as SOS) A sandwich that is commonly served to service members of the US Armed Forces, Saint Marc’s version pays homage to this sandwich which was inspired by CEO Thomas (Mac) Gregory III’s father formerly in the military. Saint Marc takes a modern twist on the SOS and instead serves chipped bacon and gravy on Pullman toast.
Homemade Biscuit and Gravy-A popular Southern traditional dish, updated with cheddar biscuits & sausage gravy.
Quiche Lorraine-Saint Marc’s version of this classic is made lighter and higher than traditional quiche and serves with bacon, leeks, and gruyère cheese.
Wisconsin Fried Cheese Curds-A regional favorite, light springy cheese curds served with a side of dill aioli.
Beignets-For the dessert minded individuals, Chef Jay offers a fresh beignet to pair with Chicory Coffee. His version of beignets is a cross between a doughnut and a souffle, with hints of lemon and ricotta for a fresher and lighter finish. To pair, a chicory coffee (chicory is the root of the endive plant, gets roasted and grounded to soften the bitterness of roasted coffee) can be found on the menu just like Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans. The mini stainless steel milk carton playfully holds the cream.
Danish and Croissants-Danish and Croissants made fresh daily from pastry Chef Winona can be seen at the cafe bar with extensive flavor choices. Chef Jay added, “Savory and sweet options available as well as serving it à la mode. Bacon and peach, apple and cheddar, strawberry almond, brownies, bread pudding a lot mode are just some of the options.”
Bacon-The bacon is not to be missed here! Bacon lovers can rejoice from 11 different flavors ranging from apple pie to garlic parmesan. Choose from one or have a flight of all the flavors. Saint Marc redefines comfort food with these flavors.
Brunch is served in faux paper Dixie plates and metal spork utensils are used to downplay the elegance of the restaurant.
What to drink with your morning brunch? For a nice elegant and refreshing opener, look for the Aperol Spritz. Kent Bearden, the General Manager and formerly the Master Mixologists of MGM Grand, explains they have more than the usual brunch drinks such as the Bloody Mary. CBS Los Angeles, for example, recently voted Saint Marc as one of the best places in Orange County for Bellinis.
The drinks options here are extensive, from 32 domestic & international beer in cans to 32 different pay per ounce draft wine system. The fun and amusing side of the restaurant continues with premium well drinks served up in red Solo cups and jello shots made with moonshine.
Stay tuned for Part Two of Saint Marc as I uncover the drinks options, including the $40 Pre-Prohibition Rum Punchbowl.
Now you won’t have to cross the Mason Dixon line for an elegant Southern Brunch served on whimsical plates and utensils. Saint Marc’s brunch is served 7 days a week from 8am-11am.