Brunch

Swine Brunch: Warm Sticky Icky Bun, Bacon Everything, and Bottomless Booze

Pork, sweets, booze, and a side of Southern charm are on the menu for brunch at Swine Southern Table & Bar. 

The Coral Gables eatery, located at 2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., is a Southern-style meat-lovers paradise, and its brunch menu makes no exception. It opened more than three-and-a-half years ago, and calls itself "a house of worship to the porcine pursuits." Whatever you decide to brunch on, make sure bacon is involved.

Weekends at the restaurant are quiet, yet quaint. Choose between individual or community seating on the first floor, or venture to the second, where you'll find similar seating and a prime place to people-watch. Of course, you can food-watch too.

The menu is straightforward. It's divided into five sections: bakery, salads, plates, sandwiches, and odds and ends. Before you begin, elect for bottomless mimosas or bloody marys for just under $10.

Brunchers looking for a more breakfast-driven meal will consider the BLT benedict ($16) made with homemade buttermilk biscuit crumble, a soft-poached organic egg, house-cured bacon, frisée, and drizzled with hollandaise, There's also the farm eggs and maple sausage sandwich ($15) with fried eggs, sausage, cheese, and tomatoes, served on a buttermilk biscuit. Or check out the brisket steak and eggs ($28) with bacon, house-smoked brisket, and hash-brown casserole. Maybe the country-fried bacon and waffle ($22) with thick-cut, house-smoked country-fried bacon, cheddar cheese waffle, and chilled spiced watermelon, topped with honey hot sauce, and bourbon maple syrup?

For something on the sweeter side, try the blueberry pancakes ($16). They're topped with fresh blueberry jelly and bourbon maple syrup. Homemade whipped cream is served on the side too. Be warned: they're enough to satisfy two.

If you're in the mood for a more brunch-lunch meal, go for a smoked and pulled pork sandwich ($14) with red cabbage slaw, fried shoestring onions, and Carolina mustard barbecue; the swine burger ($17) with a short rib, brisket, and smoked pork blend, homemade dill pickle, thick-cut house-smoked bacon, and Swine's special sauce; or the half rack of ribs, available until sold out.

Brunch at Swine can be made light and airy too. The menu offers dishes including a lacinato kale salad ($13) with fresh cut kale, aged cheddar, green apple, ol’ Bulleit raisins, cornbread croutons, with drizzled cider vinaigrette and house-made granola and fruit parfait with seasonal fruit ($12), and frosted and spiced corn flakes, over honey-vanilla bean organic yogurt. Or there's the crispy pork caesar ($17), as a compromise, with smoked crispy pork shoulder, aged cheddar, topped with bacon dressing.

Pair a main dish with a side from "Odds and Ends." The homemade cornbread is a house favorite, made with jalapeño, cheddar, and bacon. They come warm, and wrapped, in a basket with house jam and maple butter on the side.

And no brunch, including Swine's, is over without something sweet. From the double chocolate sweet ol' waffle ($15) with bananas, Nutella, fresh whipped cream, and bourbon maple syrup; to the warm sticky icky bun ($10) with maple-bourbon toffee syrup, pecan butter, candied smoked bacon, and sweet potato pie ice cream, make sure you to leave room for one of four bakery-style desserts on the menu.

Brunch runs Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information and reservations, visit runpigrun.com.

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