Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Press Wine Bar Opens for Brunch

Press Wine Bar has made quite a splash in the Tremont neighborhood since its opening, and this weekend was no different. Why? They opened for brunch for the first time.
One thing that I immediately loved about on Saturdays! Finding Saturday brunch spots is not always easy, so I appreciate that they will be offering their brunch menu all weekend long.

Second reason to love their brunch...first champagne bar in Cleveland, where you can build your own mimosas.
Now, I already need to plan a return visit, because I didn't take advantage of the champagne bar. I just couldn't resist the rest of their tempting cocktails on the menu. There were several specialty mimosas, and a pretty lengthy list of Bloody Mary drinks. I went with the Bacon and Eggs with Buckeye vodka, spicy bloody mary mix and garnished with peppered bacon and a deviled egg ($8).
So, so, so delicious. Although not as spicy as I had anticipated, or hoped.

The food menu had many tempting items as well, but I immediately honed in on the Crab Benedict with a toasted English muffin, seared crab cake, poached eggs, sea salt, and sriracha hollandaise ($12.50).
Other than having absolutely no trace of the sriracha in the sauce, I truly loved this dish and would have a hard time not ordering it again. The poached eggs were cooked perfectly, and it had a ton of crabby flavor. Maybe a little more of a sear on the crab cakes could kick it up just a notch.

Now, when we arrived shortly after 11:00AM, there was no wait for a table. But we snagged one of the last ones, and I heard that later in the day the wait was up to 1 hour and 45 minutes. No brunch is worth that wait when there are so many other great options in the area. I also have to say that I've never been overly impressed with the service here (four visits total now), but this experience was particularly bad. Hopefully, they just weren't prepared for the popularity of their first brunch weekend.

I was already convinced that this restaurant was a great addition to the Tremont neighborhood, but now they've gone above and beyond in my opinion. Offering brunch on both days, a champagne bar, and an appealing menu...yes, please! I'll be back, and soon.

Press Wine Bar
2221 Professor Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113


CLEshopaholic said...

I really need to eat here- heard nothing but good things.

Katie O. said...

We wrote about Press on the same day, it was meant to be!

I had no idea they were opening for brunch. The champagne bar looks likes a dream. Love your posts Katrina!

Bite Buff said...

Thanks, Katie! You're too sweet. I did laugh when I saw your post this morning and knew mine was coming. Great minds think alike!