This week, 14850 Dining welcomes a new brunch player to the scene, at Felicia's Atomic Lounge. This West End bar has always had food available, including their great flatbreads and Friday night "drunken" hot dogs and not dogs.
Now on the menu is creative brunch fare on Sundays from 11am-2:30pm. It's a nice addition to this walkable neighborhood, between the waterfront and downtown, that used to have brunch at Fine Line Bistro and Maxie's Supper Club, and briefly during summers in the back yard at the Westy.
Start off with a muffin of the day. When we tried brunch, we had a choice of lemon cupcake with a vegan frosting, or Guinness cupcake with Irish creme frosting. (It happened to be on St. Patrick's Day.) The caramel-glazed sticky buns are a nice treat, as well.
Beyond that, go with the State Street Sandwich, made with local eggs, cheddar, and ham on a kaiser roll. The fritatta of the day made with local eggs, served with breakfast potatoes and greens. Or even breakfast meatloaf, made with locally raised pork. The meat and eggs are coming from Autumn's Harvest Farm, a local favorite.
There are items for lighter appetites, too, including a housemade granola that's vegan if you go with hazelnut milk or soy milk. Or put together a couple of sides, such a slice of breakfast meatloaf or corn bread.
Since they're making virtually everything from scratch, it's easy for Felicia's to provide gluten-free and vegan options weekly. Even the condiments bear a homey touch. There's bourbon-tinged ketchup, and Leah's marvelous (and marvelously simple) chipotle hot sauce.
Of course, Felicia's is a bar, and they do a nice job with the brunch cocktails once noon rolls around. (New York State's patchwork of quaint "blue laws" include a prohibition on selling alcohol before noon on Sundays.) Go with the basic mimosa, or spice it up with the Zen Mary, a house specialty that's a variation of the Bloody Mary with cucumber-infused vodka. Or go classic with the Pisco Sour, an old fashioned concoction made with egg white. Perfect for brunch! Felicia's is brewing fresh coffee and offers a selection of teas, as well.
Plan on spending $6-15 on brunch, a little more with drinks. Find Felicia's at 508 West State Street or at atomicloungeithaca.com, or call 607-273-2219 and tell them you heard about them here.