After enjoying the fruits of his labor the night before, we joined Chef Moody, @KrisDub and @cattycritic (and husband!) for Urban Solace's "Bluegrass Brunch" on Sunday - the third of our birthday weekend meals. It was a little chilly that morning, but that didn't deter us from sitting on the restaurant's charming and spacious patio and enjoying the attentive and friendly service.
The majority of the table went with an off-the-menu item, the foie gras Eggs Benedict - a supremely rich and generous portion of foie gras served on a flaky house biscuit and topped with beautifully poached eggs and a delicious Ancho chili hollandaise (below). I thought it was absolutely gorgeous and exactly what I wanted after a late night, especially since the subtly smoky and spicy hollandaise was a little thinner than traditional versions of the sauce.
For his entree, Mark decided to be different...but not that different. He opted for the "Belly Benny," which was exactly the same as my dish except it substituted the foie gras for pork belly. Mark thought the change was exactly what the dish needed, and wondered aloud if this may have been the best Eggs Benedict he'd ever eaten. The spiciness of the hollandaise really takes it a long ways. While I preferred my extravagant choice, I did agree that the texture of the pork belly played nicely against the velvety sauce and gooey yolk.
This was a really great meal, one I would have been happy with for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. In fact, it was so good that I'd like to return to Urban Solace to try all three of those meals. Since going to San Diego on my birthday is starting to become a tradition, maybe we'll have to schedule that for next year.