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It is for this reason that Brandy positively scoffed when she first heard about the Late Night Brunch menu being offered at Southport & Iriving (or SIP for short). "Brunch? After sundown? What in the name of kidney pie does that mean?" Indeed, so perplexed was she by this special menu, which is only served after 10:00 pm during the week, that she simply had to break her own rules and check out this odd phenomenon for herself.
The evening started off as all evenings should (as well as all brunches) with a cocktail. Brand chose The Shakedown, which consisted of dry gin, lavender syrup, lemon juice, orange bitters, and cava. Brandy thought the drink evoked a 1920's feel with its well balanced mix of sweet, bitter, sour, and herbal flavors. So good was this concoction that Brandy allowed herself to be talked into a second cocktail, and this time she chose the G & T, a house spin on a traditional gin and tonic with a touch of vermouth and a rhubarb seltzer. Brandy was enchanted first of all by the waitress, who proudly proclaimed the glass the drink was served in as "the prettiest glass in this place!" but the drink too brought a smile to her face. Simple, clean, uncomplicated, with a bright and zingy taste that made for one very refreshing cocktail.
"Well, it's certainly odd to be enjoying brunch while the sun is below the horizon, but I can't say the time of day has tainted the spirit of the meal," Brandy proclaimed proudly as she sat back in her seat and sipped the last of her cocktail. Indeed, the food was much more refined than what Brandy had anticipated, as the words "Late Night Menu" generally denote puddles of grease on one's plate. With cocktails averaging around $10 a piece and plates mostly between $10-$15, the prices certainly weren't out of the typical range for brunch dishes, and though there was a bit of a lag in service, the personnel were friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about the food they were serving. "Well, I may have to re-think my stance on the timing of a good brunch," Brandy mused, "Because if this is the kind of brunch one can get after ten o'clock at night, I might never have to see the light of day again!"
The writers of this blog were invited to dine at the restaurant free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
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