Well, we didn’t intend for this to be Kitchen 1924 day at the Advocate, but I wrote this before Kris had her lunch revelation this morning, so I decided to go ahead and post it.

My family wandered into Kitchen 1924 around 12:45 p.m. this past Sunday morning, and the place was packed. Their first-come, first-served $10 all-you-can-eat hangover brunch is obviously a hit because the place didn’t start clearing out until about 1:30 p.m.

We soon figured out why. A table was quickly available (because there are no reservations, you just grab the first one you can find), and we headed through the buffet line. It was classic Southern comfort food — scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, cheesy fries, waffles, biscuits and gravy … plus a Caesar-ish salad, fresh fruit, fruit dip, yogurt, cottage cheese and sliced tomatoes with basil.

It was obviously filling, and we liked most everything we tried, but what stood out to all of us was the bacon — probably the best I’ve ever had. It seemed to be seasoned with brown sugar and cracked pepper, plus tasted like it had been cooked on a very seasoned grill. I had way too many pieces. My husband also raved about the syrup, which was much better than your run-of-the-mill restaurant maple. (I asked our server what they used, and he didn’t know.) The gravy was hit or miss — I got a tasty batch, and my husband, when he went back for seconds, didn’t — and the biscuits didn’t seem handmade and fresh. I did like the eggs, however, with cheese and other tasty elements mixed in.

One could argue that the Kitchen needs to include more offerings in its brunch, but for $10, I thought there was plenty. I would rather see them spend time improving what is already in the buffet line.

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