Monday, August 23, 2010

A Three Course Bacon Brunch Can't be Wrong

Bacon Appetizer
I've known about and passed by Sage General Store in Long Island City for a while now, but never had the chance to go there for food. A few weeks back I saw that they were doing a Bacon Brunch: three courses designed for bacon overload. I had to do it. Yesterday, I got my chance.

Bacon Brunch
The first course consists of a bacon tasting: Wisconsin's Nueske’s applewood smoked, Indiana's Dewigs slab, and Texas's “Ham I Am” pepper bacon, a bacon cheddar scone, and some Bacon Marmalade. All were delicious, though I preferred the applewood smoked and Dewigs slab as I found the pepper coating to be a bit overpowering. What I really loved from this was the perfectly done scone especially when it was dipped in the Marmalade. It gave it just the right amount of moistness and sweet with the savory bacon taste. It's a delicious heart attack disguised as breakfast. Who am I kidding, this whole meal is a delicious heart attack disguised as brunch.

Bacon Pizza
For the second course you choose from the BLT, the grilled cheese, the mac & cheese, or the breakfast pizza. Seeing as this really was my breakfast at 2 in the afternoon, I went with the pizza while my friend choose the grilled cheese. The pizza is topped by the Nueske's with carmelized onions, ricotta, and crème fraiche. And yes, as my pizza was waiting for its close-up, my camera decided to act up. Hence, the cellphone pictures. Stupid camera. Anyway, the pizza was awesome-the ricotta and crème fraiche with the bacon reminded me A LOT of the mashed potato pizza in New Haven. The crust was doughy enough, while thin and crispy, but lacked in the bottom char I've come to love. Everything together was salty goodness and exactly what my hangover needed. As far as the grilled cheese-jack, Vermont cheddar, and gruyere with the pepper bacon-it's a cheesy delightfully overflowing sandwich. I definitely need to get one soon.

Bacon Brownie
The final course is dessert, a double chocolate bacon brownie with Jack Daniels whipped cream. This brownie is definitely one of the best out there. It's fudgy, chewy, and chocolaty to the max, one half is really all anyone needs. And you see those pieces on top, that would be bacon. I was hesitant about the whipped cream, but the whiskey is blended in well so it's not overwhelming the fluffy cream. Salty mixed with sweet never gets old, and bacon mixed with chocolate is my new cure-all. If Brownie's lucky, she can get the half I saved for her.

Sage General Store
24-20 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, Queens
(718) 361-0707


Su-Lin said...

it's not wrong but so so right.

TT said...

why have i not heard of this before?

a reason to go to LIC!

BigAppleNosh said...

WOW. If loving bacon is wrong, I don't want to be right...