Ah, brunch. Sweet, savory and always filled with over the top breakfast classics and new inventions. This special meal is one of my favorite ways to spend a late weekend morning. Seriously, I don’t know about ya’ll but brunch just might be the way to my heart. But you know what is even better the brunch? Brunch with a view. And what’s better than brunch with a view? Brunch with a view and a full mimosa/bloody mary bar. Think this sounds too good to be true? Well, you just haven’t visited 1898 yet.
Located at the Kalispell Golf and Country Club, 1898 Public House borrows its name from the year the golf course was established, celebrating history and achievement. Led by Executive Chef Tyler Schwenk, 1898 is known for making classic dishes modern with unique twists and superior ingredients. (When I say superior – I mean it! We are talking about locally sourced and seasonal ingredients whenever possible and house grown herbs.) Oh, and did I mention that Chef Tyler trained under a Le Cordon Blue master? Pretty impressive. Even more impressive? The flavor and beauty of the food that he presents. Alright, enough history. Let’s dig into what we ate!
A good brunch starts with a great mimosa or bloody mary, of course! The Spokane Eats interns and I couldn’t decide which drink to order, so naturally, we tried all of them! The bloody mary bar is stocked with rim seasonings, hot sauces, and too many toppings to count. I went with house cured, candied bacon, grilled shrimp, olives, and some good hot sauces! Erin and Brianna stuck with mimosas and mixed in mango and blood orange juice. Yum!
Let’s start with the sweet – crème brulee French toast! Think brioche toast, salted caramel and pure maple syrup. Decadent and creamy and delicious. So many restaurants in town try to over-due an already incredible dish. 1898 pushed it right to the limit while still keeping the traditional French toast flavors and simplicity. This is quite possibly the best French toast we have tried in town.
Chicken & Waffles – one of my favorites in a hearty brunch spread. Golden brown, perfectly crisp Belgian waffles topped with pure vanilla syrup and two pieces of fried chicken topped with honey butter. Oui, oui!
Now for the savory- Crab Artichoke & Spinach Benedicts, because plain eggs benedict is sooo 2010. Pacific Northwest crab, artichoke and spinach dips, farm fresh eggs and hollandaise, served with fingerling potatoes and fresh fruit. We ate every bite of this and I would 100% order this again and again.
Another plate that was licked clean, the smoked Steelhead Omelet. Made with herbed cream cheese, asparagus, red onion, chives, fingerling potatoes, hollandaise, caper popcorn. Give me salmon for breakfast, and I’m yours. And this isn’t just any salmon. It tastes incredibly fresh and retains all of its moisture through cooking.
Want to try 1898 for your next brunch date? Visit them at 2010 W. Waikiki Rd., Spokane, WA 99218. As always, let them know that I sent you!