South Thurston County Has a New Brunch Destination

Maybe you’re on your way from Portland to Seattle this weekend and you need a recharge at the halfway point. Maybe you live in Thurston or Lewis county and you’re itching to take a jaunt. We’ve got good news for you: Talking Cedar now serves brunch!

We could not be more excited to offer a complete breakfast menu from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Starting at 11:00 a.m., our entire lunch and dinner menu is also available. We are not cutting corners either. We mean the FULL menu. Now late breakfast eaters and early lunch eaters don’t have the compromise. If you want an omelet but your partner or friend wants a burger, we’ve got you covered.  Ah, the power of brunch!

Our new brunch menu boasts a troupe of creative yet approachable omelets alongside classic crowd pleasers like steak and eggs and biscuits and gravy. Seafood lovers can look forward to a smoked salmon omelet with capers, red onions and horseradish cream. You might also enjoy a collard greens omelet with tomato, bacon and parmesan. You’ll find hand-cut pork schnitzel, house-smoked pastrami hash, and the all-essential fried chicken platter with a sweet carb you might not expect: French toast. (Trust us. This works well.) Every batch of boneless chicken is marinated in buttermilk for three days before it’s coated with a specially seasoned flour and fried when you order it.

Ramblin’ Restaurants consultants Taylor Vroman and Adam Adrian collaborated with Adam Setterstrom, Talking Cedar’s executive chef, to develop a menu that stays true to Talking Cedar’s craft roots while still giving brunch lovers the classics they expect. “We wanted to offer breakfast standards with a twist,” Vroman says.

Both Vroman and Setterstrom mention the jalapeno, pulled pork and pimento cheese omelet when asked about their brunch dish of choice. Our pimento cheese is made from scratch with cream cheese, cheddar cheese and pimento peppers, and is featured in our Juicy Lucy burger (two ground beef patties smashed together with hot gooey cheese in the middle). Like our pastrami, we smoke pork butt in-house for over ten hours, 120 pounds at a time.

We’d be remiss not to tell you about our four debut brunch cocktails. While Talking Cedar is a very family friendly restaurant, we also understand that sometimes a person just needs a little hair of the dog, or something tasty to sip on if it’s game day. Our full bar now opens at 9:00 a.m. and yes, we’d be happy to pour you a beer. If you’re looking for a cocktail to compliment your breakfast, we’ve got you covered, too.

Keep it light with our Michaelada, made with Talking Cedar’s lightest offering, the Kölsch, mixed with tomato juice, lime juice, Frank’s Red Hot sauce and salt. Our Bellini is also an easy drinker that starts with Giffard’s Peach Liqueur, a house-made peach puree and lemon juice, finished with LaLuca Prosecco. Moving to the boozier end of the spectrum, you’ll find our Colonel Collins, made with Heritage Distilling Company’s famous Brown Sugar Bourbon (BSB). This is a deceptively simple yet richly flavorful blend of BSB, lemon juice and soda. The queen of the brunch cocktails is the Bacon Mary, a concoction we’re so excited to tell you about we decided it needed its own blog post.

We can’t overstate the beauty of brunch hours. You are more than welcome to come in for breakfast starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, but the real magic starts at 11:00. You and your family and friends can all get exactly what you crave on a long, lazy weekend!

Visit us soon at 19770 Sargent Road SW in Grand Mound, right off of I-5’s exit 88.

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