Well, this is kind of crazy… it has been almost seven years (!!!) since I graduated from architecture school at CMU! That was five expensive years slaving away in studio, downing caffeine, and pulling all-nighter after all-nighter… I’m so glad to be way past that.
The last weekend of February was one of the best. Some of my favorite people from architecture school got together for a reunion. In our group, we had NYC, Boston, Philly, Pittsburgh, and Chicago covered. It’s rough to be out and about exploring in the wintertime, but at least the snow didn’t start until the next day. How do you kick off an archie reunion in style? With brunch, of course!
We visited Almond in Flatiron for a tasty brunch. Our group was a bit rowdy, people showed up late, and I’m sure a table of twelve is not easy to work with, but our waitress was a rockstar. Our water glasses and coffee mugs were refilled promptly, and the food was served hot. They have the cutest mini biscuits here. I, unfortunately, didn’t get a photo of the biscuits before they were gobbled up.
When I asked about the tamales, our waitress mentioned that someone’s grandmother makes them each morning. Unfortunately, the tamales are filled with chicken, so they’re not for me. I got the eggs florentine ($15) and a rosemary pear mimosa ($12) before realizing that I was the only one with a cocktail!
Those English muffins were really buttery and delicious. The sauteed greens were good, eggs were nicely poached, and the hollandaise was tangy and smooth. A legit eggs florentine! I’m so glad I didn’t order a side of home fries since my entree already had some.
One of the funniest moments was when Zach mistakenly took several other entrees from the server before remembering that he had actually ordered the chicken confit salad. The server was a good sport and chuckled along with us.
Will I go back to Almond? Probably. The food was good and the service was excellent. Great atmosphere too. There’s a vintage bistro vibe that’s comfortable, but slightly upscale. I’m sure outdoor seating is really popular during the nicer months.