Food Porn Champion: The Most Bangin’ Biscuits and Gravy

Bangers Biscuits and Gravy Austin

Rise and shine, ESers! Feast your eyes on this: an insanely epic biscuits & gravy dish I discovered during Sunday brunch at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden in Austin.

The menu describes it as a “house-made biscuit, milk gravy & your choice of housemade bacon or housemade breakfast sausage” but let’s be real, that bacon is clearly just two huge slabs of pork belly. And just look at that river of gravy. These people are NOT messing around with their breakfasts and next time you’re hungover in Central Texas, you now know where to go.

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Easy Like Sunday Morning: My Favorite Frittata

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, Brussels Sprout Frittata vertical

So, I’m in a book club. But as any good book club going individual will tell you, these gatherings are really 90% focused on eating and boozing, 10% focused on actual literary discussion. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love to read and I’m really glad I have friends who share my delight in devouring and analyzing a good book. But I’m under no illusion about our priorities here.

This frittata was my contribution – I knew we’d have plenty of festive Sunday Funday drinks plus some indulgent brunch sliders, banana bread, pie, etc. so I figured I’d even things out with some eggs and vegetables. This frittata has absolutely nothing bad for you in it, and besides caramelizing the onions, the whole thing takes about 10 minutes to throw together and another 10 minutes to bake.


Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, & Brussels Sprouts Frittata

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Food Porn of the Day: Ultimate Hangover Killer Edition

Pig and Eggs

If you drank too much champagne on NYE, you’ll need a serious remedy, preferably something deep-fried. Take some inspiration from this meaty morsel spotted at Frank restaurant in Austin.

This isn’t just any chicken-fried steak. Oh no, this is the Pig and Eggs: Chicken-fried wild boar with jackalope cream gravy. Served with two runny-yolk eggs and perhaps best of all, not just potatoes, but a creamy-crispy hashbrown casserole. And yes, of course it tastes as awesome as it looks.

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A Different Benedict


When I heard that Brooklyn’s legendary Junior’s restaurant was releasing new a cookbook, you know I was all up on this. I mean, this is the place that invented the “something different” sandwich: two giant potato latkes holding up a bevy of beef brisket.

That monstrosity/amazingness isn’t included in Junior’s Home Cooking, but they do have another spin for how to combine breakfast beef and carbs. The Junior’s “different benedict” offers up eggs and hollandaise over corned beef hash. Yes.

A Different Benedict

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Artsy Photo of the Day

Rise and shine! Bet you wish you were having this for breakfast today:
Blackwood Benedict

Thai eggs benedict, made with pork wine sausage, mushroom, cilantro, crispy yam strips, and Thai chili hollandaise. Picture taken at Blackwood in San Francisco.

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Bacon Fit for a King…or Millionaire

Millionaire's Bacon

I’ve written about the array of glorious brunch options in San Francisco before, so I’ll get straight to the point: I was back in the Bay Area last weekend and of course I enjoyed MORE brunches with MORE bottomless mimosas and MORE benedicts and MORE bacon. Millionaire’s Bacon, to be exact.

You can find this delicacy at a good handful of restaurants in San Fran, but we first encountered it at Blackwood, an “American Thai Fusion” restaurant in the Marina area. In spite of the name, Millionaire’s Bacon will just set you back a couple extra dollars on top of your $10-20 brunch plate, so it’s not a bad deal. Especially considering the fact that this is no ordinary bacon—it’s super thick and meaty, coated in sweet maple syrup and honey, liberally sprinkled with spicy red chile flakes. After this flavor explosion, I’m never eating regular bacon again.

You can make your own, too! You definitely don’t have to live in San Fran (and you don’t have to be a millionaire, obvs) to enjoy this ultra-rich bacon.

Millionaire’s Bacon

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