First Look: Brunch at the new Corner Table

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The new brunch menu at Corner Table is a contender for best in the Twin Cities

With Pat's Tap, Hola Arepa, Kyatchi, Blackbird, and a smattering of other quality choices, the south side of Nicollet is quickly becoming a full-fledged extension of the well known Eat Street. And there's one establishment in particular that's quite simply on fire. 

The newly relaunched Corner Table is only one month into its new location and already owner Nick Rancone and chef Thomas Boemer have pushed their successful farm-to-table concept to another level. Along with the new, beautifully simple, comfortable space comes an expansion of their menu, targeted at weekend brunch lovers. Rest assured, this isn't just brunch; it's brunch Corner Table-style.

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Corner Table's new brunch offerings are available on both Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., leaving you plenty of time to wake up, shake off the night before, and head out for a mega-dose of revitalization. With a variety of options that are all very reasonably priced, the only real problem you'll run into is deciding what to order.

The pork belly benny at the new Corner Table

We recommend you give the array of Benedicts some serious consideration. Choose from the hot pastrami Benedict on pumpernickel from Patisserie 46, a Benedict version of Corner Table's classic fried bologna sandwich with mortadella and pickled mustard seeds, and a smoked salmon version with sauce choron and pickled shallots.

On this particular visit, we opted for the eggs Benedict with Corner Table's signature pork belly as well as one with a rich duck confit. 

Corner Table's new crispy duck confit benny

The pork belly version ($11) was lush and fatty and accentuated by perfectly poached egg yolks. The Hollandaise was light and had just enough acidity to punch through the richness of the pork and the yolks. The duck confit Benedict ($12) was another winner, featuring a crispy seared round of flavorful duck confit. The expertly poached eggs were once more the perfect complement, melding with the salty duck meat and the creamy Hollandaise. Both Benedicts come served on top of buttery slices of airy brioche, with a side of hash browns that are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside.

In addition to their selection of bennys, the new Corner Table brunch menu also features a variety of larger plate options, including the Johnny cakes with ham and Gruyere and the grits with smoked sausage. Their burger, which features smoked pork belly, a sunny-side egg, spicy remoulade, lettuce, and tomato is almost certain to gain some kind of sultry reputation. 

Crispy rabbit on a sweet potato waffle with sunflower slaw

On this visit, we had the crispy fried rabbit on a sweet potato waffle ($15). It rings in as the most expensive item on the entire menu, but this mountain of fried rabbit is moist, tender, and worth every penny -- think of it as fried chicken gone wild. The waffle is just sweet and savory enough to play well with the meatiness of the rabbit, and the drizzle of honey brings the whole thing together in one glorious mouthful. This dish comes with a side of sunflower slaw that adds a fresh edge to what could otherwise be a food coma-inducing dish. Which is not to say that you won't want to take a nap afterward.

Sweet potato long John with walnuts and maple cream

If Corner Table started selling their sweet potato long johns by the dozen, every single donut shop in town would tremble in fear. Filled with a rich but not overly intense maple cream, these things are like pastry crack.

While this iteration of Corner Table is still in its infancy, it's clear that these guys are coming out swinging. 

4537 Nicollet Ave. S.
Monday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday brunch, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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