Things just aren’t as fun when you do them alone. No one ever thinks back on their life and says “Man, that time I had to myself that one time was AWESOME.” The same theory applies to this site. It’s no fun to do alone.
Thus, we’ve been dealt a hand where there will be three straight weeks of non-brunch Sundays for various reasons. That being said, Belt Buckle Brunch must go on. So instead of our usual, fun schtick, the next couple weeks will feature more straight-ahead (possibly) mini-reviews. Please pardon our dust.
Pierce: Spinach and tomato quiche with cranberry salad, fruit, and a carrot raisin muffin ($8.75)
Serve time: 5 minutes, 30 seconds
First Impression: Kristen and I have run into our fair share of kitsch over the last six weeks but nothing compares to the décor in the Picnic Café. This little establishment, tucked into a Belle Meade shopping center on West End, is the king/queen of themes. The old-fashioned table mats give off a picnic-y feel that borders on “too much.”
At 8:30 a.m. on a Wednesday, the place was entirely empty. But according to the kind lady who took my order, it’s a “circus” between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. They just started serving breakfast!
The Main Event: The menu didn’t have a whole lot on it in terms of breakfast items, so I opted for a quiche of the day plate. I had my selection of side salad, and potato salad didn’t seem to go with the time of day, so I opted for cranberry. It certainly wasn’t what I expected. The lady explained that it was a raspberry gelatin with fresh cranberries and pineapple chunks in it. Whatever it was, it was awesome.
The quiche—spinach and tomato—was a little smallish considering the price of the plate, but it was still good nonetheless. The crust had an ideal level of flakiness and it was baked perfectly.
The final side was a stellar carrot raisin muffin—which is an excellent way of disguising carrot cake (without the icing, in muffin form).
The Verdict: I still think the price—more than $9 after tax—was a little much. But the service and food were both very good. The Picnic Café isn’t open on Sundays (a major brunch faux pas). So, if you’re in the mood for a refreshing brunch break during the work week, this is your place.
Bonus tip: They cater!
3.75 out of 5 syrup crocks