Over Christmas weekend, we went on one of our long weekend walks and stopped by The Hamilton Inn for brunch. Named after Alexander Hamilton, this corner restaurant is so charming and quaint. High ceilings, gorgeous exposed brick, rich wooden textures. I imagine it’s a well loved neighborhood gem for the folks that live nearby.
The brunch menu offers an assortment of mimosas and bellinis for $4 each. The restaurant menu has more flavors than their website, including mango, pear, and pomegranate. My pomegranate bellini was yummy, and John’s pear bellini was light and refreshing. I would love to come back in the summer to sit outside and try more flavors.
John ordered the huevos rancheros ($12). Two fried eggs, tortillas, black beans, rice, jalapenos, avocado, salsa, and sour cream. I knew he was going to order this! He seemed to enjoy it even though everything on the plate looked a bit pale. And of course, he added lots of tabasco sauce for an extra kick!
I couldn’t decide if I wanted the avocado toast with poached eggs ($12) or the poached eggs with sauteed kale ($14), but ultimately went with the latter because this seemed like the kind of place that would do hollandaise sauce right. This is basically eggs florentine with kale instead of spinach, and I usually prefer the texture of kale anyway.
Nicely poached eggs (sorry, forgot to get a photo with the eggs sliced open) with a creamy, tangy hollandaise. I was right to go with this dish instead of the avocado toast. The home fries were really good too. Well seasoned, crispy, addictive. This place scores high on my list of brunch spots in the Jersey City area, and pricing is reasonable too!