If you haven’t tried Chesapeake & Maine’s brunch, you could miss the opportunity.
The maritime themed, Chesapeake inspired, seafood eatery announced earlier in the month it would be serving brunch the last three Saturdays in October and the first weekend in November.
According to Donny Holcomb, head manager at Chesapeake & Maine, the decision to serve brunch has been good for the establishment.
“We noticed there weren’t many seafood forward brunches and we figured we could be successful in that market,” Holcomb says.
According to Holcomb, a lot is owed to the restaurant’s chef, Zach, who had brunch ideas in mind. Holcomb says the group just ran with it.
Although the first bunch held in early October wasn’t ‘super crazy,’ by the time the second brunch rolled around, the restaurant doubled its sales. Holcomb admits a new idea usually takes a few weeks to catch on and word of mouth has certainly helped it pick up.
With the annual Rehoboth Beach Sea Witch Festival on Oct. 28 – 30 and Dogfish Head’s ‘Beer for Breakfast’ release in early November, Holcomb expects to finish out on a high note.
You’ll find everything from salmon to waffles and lobster rolls in between, but the crowd favorite has proven to be the Chesapeake Benedict— two jumbo lump crab cakes, poached eggs, Old Bay potato cake and hollandaise.
A few other tasty treats to try are the ‘Salmon BLT,’ ‘Breakfast Sammy’ and ‘Bacon, Eggs & Waffle.’
“It’s taking traditional things and putting our spin on it,” Holcumb says. “We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel here, but coming up with something fresh.”
Speaking of fresh, don’t forget to ask about the ‘Bloody Mary of the Moment.’ Of course you can still get the traditional Bloody Mary, but bartenders have created different renditions of the drink. In weekends past, the bartending staff has perfected a Spanish version of a Bloody Mary, as well as a Bloody Mary using tomato water opposed to tomato juice.
As far as continuing the event in the future, Holcumb says the establishment is undecided. To stay in the loop, check out Chesapeake & Maine’s Facebook page. To view the menu for yourself, visit www.dogfish.com/events/brunch.