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Eats Beat: Finally, Brewed warms up to breakfast

Posted 7:49am on Tuesday, Oct. 08, 2013

Finally, Brewed is for breakfast.

The very hip West Magnolia Avenue gastro-coffee pub now opens early six days a week, serving egg breakfasts, waffles, elaborate brunch dishes and plenty of Avoca coffee.

Brewed opened as a comfy brewpub with an ambitious menu. But the setting is so comfy, the medical district coffee crowd wanted morning hours, too.

The new breakfast menu includes the same egg dishes, biscuits and chicken-and-waffles from the weekend brunch menu, plus Oregon-based Straw Propeller Gourmet oatmeal flavors and a housemade granola.

The Saturday brunch also has a new bonus: unlimited mimosas for $5.

On a brunch stop last weekend, Brewed’s service was prompt and spot-on. That’s good news at a very complicated restaurant that got off to a stop-and-start launch.

Eggs came shaped neatly atop a bed of jalapeño grits. The Nueske’s bacon and house-made, spicy-sweet link sausage were both worlds above ordinary diner breakfast meats.

“Chef John [ Kramer]’s” biscuits matched well with a local blueberry compote, and the entire experience made West Magnolia feel more like South Congress Avenue or the Bishop Arts District.

Brewed serves breakfast from 8 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays until lunch begins at 11 a.m., and weekends from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for late brunchers.

The restaurant also serves lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays and has a bar-food menu until midnight Fridays and Saturdays.

• Pumpkin madness has begun.

The pumpkin latte craze has mushroomed into pumpkin-flavored dishes of all kinds every October, with mixed results.

One of the best: pumpkin-cheesecake-stuffed French toast weekends at Vickery Blvd. Cafe, 4120 W. Vickery Blvd. in Fort Worth. It’s served with a roasted-peach syrup, combining summer’s flavor with fall’s.

Nearby, pumpkin cheesecakes are baking at Swiss Pastry Shop on Vickery Boulevard, and pumpkin frozen custard has arrived at Curly’s Frozen Custard, 4017 Camp Bowie Blvd.

A Curly’s “concrete” can mix pumpkin custard, chopped pecans and marshmallow creme. Or pick your own pumpkin combination.

Also, The Original Fried Pie Shop in Weatherford now has seasonal pumpkin and sweet potato fried pies; 1921 S. Main St. inside Baker’s Ribs, open daily 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

Bud Kennedy's Eats Beat appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in DFW.com. 817-390-7538 Twitter: @EatsBeat Facebook: Bud Kennedy’s Eats Beat Get alerts at RebelMouse.com/eats

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