Farm to Table Brunch

Mike and I spent a beautiful, sunny – Sunday morning experiencing a new restaurant  in Historic Downtown Bryan, Texas.  Housed inside the rustic and recently restored Ice House on Main, Ronin Restaurant brings new life to the 1912 building.

For many years, Chef Brian Light and his wife Amanda have connected our community through local food production and provided a venue where guests can enjoy the traditions of a simpler life at Ronin Farms. The outdoor event venue under the Texas sky will make you fall in love with the Farm to Table concept.  Ronin has now created a second space where our community can experience this same concept in their new location in Historic Downtown Bryan.

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Guests at the Ronin Restaurant can choose from a variety of seating, including outdoor tables with a view of  Historic Downtown Bryan, a indoor community style table or simply a seat at the bar.

The menu selection was carefully crafted, providing us with the feeling that we were out on the farm and even included recommendations of drink pairings for each menu item.

Mike selected the Texas Wagyu Chicken Fried Steak and Farm Egg with Cream Gravy and Roasted Sweet Potato.  Although I helped Mike finish most of his delicious Wagyu Chicken Fried Steak, I went with a sweeter selection for my entree- the Cinnamon Pecan French Toast with Spiced Apple Compote and Spiced Caramel – and it was as delightful as the name.

Although the food and venue were amazing, please note that the pricing for us would be for special occasions only and not a weekly stop.  Based on your budget, I would recommend reviewing the menu pricing before dining.  I definitely see this venue as the perfect spot to host a bridal brunch, baby shower or even a birthday celebration with your closest girlfriends.

The Ronin Restaurant also has seasonal hours, so be sure to check their website for the most up to date hours.  If you are dining this Winter, the hours for Ronin Restaurant are:

Dinner 5pm-10pm
Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Brunch 11am-2pm
Every Sunday

Happy Brunching xx Jennifer

Sundy House

A tropical and historical step back into the early 1900’s; the Sundy House Restaurant, Boutique Inn and Botanical Garden in Delray Beach, Florida stole my heart.  The Sundy House is already back on the list for any future trips to Delray Beach – and here’s why…

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Beautiful brick pavers lead the way to the entrance of the Sundy House restaurant where we began our morning enjoying their famous Sundy House Brunch.  Every sense was triggered, as we found our seats in the Sundy House dinning room.  With every sip of the endless mimosas – the taste of crisp bubbles filled our mouths, a solo vocalist’s voice echoed through the tall ceilings and the aroma of freshly prepared waffles and crepes filled the air.

Brunch spanned two rooms, ranging in delicious traditional breakfast foods to a charcuterie station, seafood, fried chicken, mac & cheese, desserts, and ice cream.  If you would like to indulge in this tasty feast of a brunch be prepared to pay $75 per person (adults), plus tax and gratuity.  My recommendation would be to make a reservation and note the the max seating time is 2.5 hours due to the high demand.

After brunch we took our mimosas and strolled out into the tropical gardens to experience the lush greenery, statues, and water features that spanned throughout the boutique inn courtyard.  Although we did not stay at the Inn, we agreed that we would come back very soon.

Not far from the Sundy House is Downtown Delray Beach where you will find streets lined with shopping, art galleries, dining and nightlife.  This charming little seaside town was full of life and friendly, it’s a great place to have a romantic getaway or even take the family.

Happy Travels – Jennifer

Southern Brunch

The Brazos Valley is quickly becoming the Southern Brunch capital of the World, y’all… I am seriously convinced of this!  With the continued growth of our community we have attracted a few new eateries that are making my gym membership quiver.

Sundays are for Jesus and brunch with my girls, (pause I’m making a T-shirt now with this quote).  This summer we have had a few new spots pop up that you need to add to your weekend brunch plans asap.  First on the list is Stella Southern Cafe.

A fun fact about the name of the restaurant, it was actually named after the owner Michael Lair’s 1995 Dodge Dakota club cab with a 5.2 liter V8 engine, Stella.  A part of every road trip adventure he took, Stella now lives on through the name of his southern cafe.

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Photo Credit: Clare Rowe

Walking into the restaurant you are immediately greeted by hosts who provide you with a menu while waiting in line to order your food.  Don’t worry it’s not a long wait, but you will be tempted by all of the great gift items and homemade jams as you make your way to the register.

I had a tough decision to make because everything on the menu just looked amazing.  I decided to go with a more traditional breakfast which included eggs, bacon, grits (with cheese of course) and I would be crazy not to try their homemade biscuits with mimosa jam.  I didn’t know that my favorite breakfast drink could be made into a jam, but they found a way!

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The overall dining experience was excellent.  The staff was warm and friends, much like the south.  My friends and I will definitely put the Stella Southern Cafe into our brunch rotation! xx-Jennifer