Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Fat Sister’s Restaurant Pick: Tipsy Parson

Tipsy Parson is one of those perfect neighbourhood eateries that seems too good to be true—but it’s not, it IS that good.

It opened last Fall and between our hectic holiday party-hosting and freezing weather, Tasty Boy and I have been postponing our first meal there for a while. We decided to take a chance without a reservation and popped-in at the peak Sunday brunch hour of 1pm and were pleasantly surprised by a short 10 minute wait for a table. There are two delightful window banquettes flanking the entrance where we waited and surveyed the lively scene at the bar and the tables flanking the bar. We were lucky to get a table in the pretty back room next to the windows.

The menu is a classic brunch selection focused on eggs with an assortment of sides and salads, and a few regular entrées—all with a down-home, soul food kick. I’d especially recommend the Pig-In-A-Poke (poached eggs sitting on a mountain of creamy stone-ground grits and Andouille sausages), Spicy Grilled Shrimp & Grits, Fried Oysters with Scrambled Eggs. The menu also touts the freshly baked bread/pastry selection and homemade condiments. I’d go back every day just for the Pecan Sticky Buns with Lemon Curd and Banana-Toffee Bread with Honey Butter, both of which were served perfectly warm.

The service was friendly and fast. And we weren’t rushed or given the usual Chelsea stare-down by the wait staff after an hour urging us to leave. We’ll be back to sample the mint juleps and Sticky Lamb Ribs.  :)

156 Ninth Avenue 
(btwn 19 & 20 sts) 

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