My sister in law had suggested a place in Addison that she thought was exceptional for our Sunday brunch. (I’m pretty sure half of my blogs start with my sister in law). Ida Claire, an eclectic restaurant with Southern style cuisine, had a beautiful atmosphere. The main dining area featured iron bird cages dangling from the ceilings, and collages of books strewn on the walls. The tables had elements of flair, brights napkins with golden rings and ceramic china. The service this particular day, however, was very slow and inattentive.
After we finally got ahold of our waitress, we ordered a few mimosas and the Roasted Garlic Hummus and Crawfish Corn Beignets. Both were pretty good. The hummus was traditional, but topped with green tomato chow chow. The crawfish corn beignets were also a treat. Served with smoked mustard remoulade, they were crisp and flavorful. The two appetizers complimented one another well.
The restaurant was packed, so by the time we ordered our meals a lot of the brunch options were no longer choices. This made our decision a little easier. My sisters ordered the Nashville Hot Fried Chicken and the Greens & Chèvre Frittata. The Nashville Chicken was a spicy half chicken with grilled pimento cheese toast and pickled cucumber relish ($17). The Greens & Chèvre Frittata was – in the words of my sister- “pretty amazing, fresh and definitely tasted like farm to table ingredients.” Made with egg whites, spinach, herbed tomatoes, goat cheese, asiago, local wood grilled oyster mushrooms, and shaved brussel sprout slaw ($11). I was craving the Shrimp & Grits. Typically, you can’t really go wrong with that one, so shrimp and grits is always a fair fallback plan for me. At Ida Claire, they are tasty, but for the cost you do NOT get a filling portion ($19).
Overall, this restaurant was a solid brunch choice, but in truth, not one I’d be remiss if I didn’t visit again. The service and price/quality ratio brought down my enthusiasm, but I wouldn’t completely rule this one out just yet. It might be worth a reprieve.