Sunday, for whatever reason, seems to be the de facto day of the week for brunch. Yet, there is no rule for why it must be Sunday. People eat on Saturdays too, after all, and many have the day off, making a couple of glasses of wine at brunch a lovely way to kick off a weekend of leisure.
West, 6714 N. Western, has been offering Saturday brunch since April. Andy Dixon, beverage director for West, said the response was huge.
When we started offering the option, we didnt know what to expect, he said. We were surprised by the number who showed up. People said they have been looking for Saturday brunch for a long time.
The menu features some remarkable fare, not the least of which are the made from scratch pancakes, which Wests director of operations, Janet Estes, makes herself. If youre really hungry, the steak and eggs will satisfy. West uses 4-5 ounces of beef tenderloin, so theyre essentially serving filet and eggs.
Dixon took care to make his by-theglass selections affordable, and he went with some unfamiliar names, including Domaine St. Vincent Brut. Dixon said he was looking for a good sparkling to use on mimosas. When he tried the Domaine St. Vincent, he knew hed found a sparkler that could do double duty: by the glass and in mimosas.
Domaine St. Vincent is the second label from New Mexico-based Gruet, and West also has the Gruet Brut by the glass. Both these sparkling wines are delicious, and both excellent values, he said.
The Gruet is widely available in Oklahoma City, including Wild Turkey Finer Wines, 12021 N. MacArthur.
Dixon also recommended the Raptor Ridge Pinot Gris, from Scott and Annie Shulls Oregon-based Raptor Ridge Winery. The Shulls wines have been in Oklahoma since 2002, and Annie Shull said Oklahoma ranks near the top in terms of Raptor Ridges customers. I keep wondering who is buying all this wine, she said. The Pinot Gris is a mediumbodied white with flavors of pear and lemon, and a nice natural acidity that makes it food-friendly. Its available at Edmond Wine Shop, 1520 S. Boulevard in Edmond, and Broadway Wine Merchants, 824 N. Broadway.
West also features Régis Minet Pouilly-Fumé, a delicious French Sauvignon Blanc; Morgan Metallico, a light, crisp un-oaked Chardonnay; and Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne. Brunch is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and, if you must be a traditionalist, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
Not too far from West, Alain and Michel Buthion have been offering Saturday brunch at La Baguette Bistro, 7408 N. May, for many years, but they simply refer to it as breakfast. The full Sunday brunch menu is available, as is one of the best wine lists in the metro.
La Baguette Bistro recently added seven rosé choices to its by-the-glass menu, many of which were covered in a recent issue of Oklahoma Gazette. In addition to Charles Bieler and Chateau de Trinquevedel, the list features Clos Clementine, a traditional Provence rosé, with cherry, citrus and floral flavors and a lively, food-friendly acidity.
La Baguette Bistro also features one of the metros new Grower Champagnes, Marc Hébrart, by the glass. The Grower movement, started by Terry Theise, features small-production Champagne houses that grow their own grapes and make their own wine. The quality and price of these wines are stunning.
The Marc Hébrart is also available at The Metro Wine Bar and Bistro, 6418 N. Western, Edmond Wine Shop, and Spirit Shop, 1117 Garver in Norman.