Monday, February 4, 2008

Duke of Earl

For those of you who haven't been, Duke's is an American restaurant with a twist, offering BBQ and other Southern comfort foods like mac & cheese, Chattanooga chili, and even collard greens. In a typical attempted-kitschy style, it's decorated with old license plates and other knick knacks that are often seen in BBQ restaurants. I've been to Duke's (fka Earl's) countless times...but only for dinner.

Yesterday was an unexpected chance to change it up a bit and try it for brunch. Right away, they bring out a basket of fresh mini biscuits, blueberry and corn muffins with a strawberry butter. Perfect for tiding you over til the food comes. The full lunch/dinner menu with all of its standbys is still available, but they also have a brunch menu. I was torn...I am very partial to Duke's french fries, but the brunch items were served with home fries. Lucky me, I was able to substitute them, and get the best of both worlds...fries AND brunch!

I got the All-American Breakfast Special, which was entirely too much food...but for someone who is extremely indecisive when it comes to ordering at a restaurant, it was perfect...a little bit of everything. The eggs were cooked perfectly, which is all too often a rarity at brunch spots in NYC. It also came with two small, but delicious, buttermilk pancakes, home fries (or in my case french fries), bacon, and toast. I forwent the bacon (since I don't eat pork) and the toast, and was still plenty satisfied.

If you're looking for a nice change of pace from the usual East Side brunch spots (like Josie's and Penelope), I'd highly recommend Duke's. With dozens of TVs, it's also a great place to watch early footbal or basketball games.

Duke's
560 3rd Avenue
@ 37th Street
website
Menu Pages listing

1 comment:

Suzee said...

Rick and I really enjoy Dukes and even found it prior to moving to Murray Hill. My favorite is the fish po'boy - absolutely delish!