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Made only one purchase today for #visaeveryday. We had brunch at the Richmond location of Browns Socialhouse.
Normally, grammatical offences would have knocked this casual dining franchise off my list. First, its name. Shouldn’t it be Brown’s or even Browns’? Socialhouse is not a word. And its noun-verb mixed motto of “Restaurant. Bar. Socialize” is like nails on a chalkboard to me.
Now that you’re fully convinced I’m batty, I will say I was impressed with Browns Socialhouse. (It took a Groupon deal to get me through the doors though.)
We started with one of the better Caesars (1 oz. $4.50) I’ve had in a long time, made with proper horseradish and two salty olives. I was happy to see Redeye on the bar menu.
Browns successfully pulls off twists on the traditional brunch menu. My prosciutto eggs Benedict ($10.95) had two soft poached eggs atop spicy tomato chutney, a smudge of goat cheese, and garlic flatbread. I liked that it wasn’t drowning in cheese on a rock hard English muffin. The side potatoes are nothing special though.
Jason’s corned beef hash ($11.95) had two highlights: the meat was not fatty and the addition of relish added a wink of sweetness.
All their eggs are free-run for that nice bright orange yolk.
H had the appetizer quesadilla ($11.95) which was so good — chicken, jack cheese, sweet green chiles, spicy salsa, homemade guacamole, sour cream — that we ate the rest of what he left.
I wouldn’t hesitate to return for lunch, dinner or drinks. Decor is your standard dark booths/chrome fixtures/funky oversized prints of rhinos/sports on TVs over the bar.
Our server was excellent — and very pretty, as are the rest of the staff. I caught H staring at a curvy blonde waitress in a short skirt. Then I realized he only had eyes for the broom she was wielding. Toddlers are weird.
Browns Socialhouse, Unit 1020-11660 Steveston Hwy., Richmond, B.C., (604) 275-3322. Open Monday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m.-midnight, Saturday 10 a.m.-midnight, Sunday 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Brunch served on weekends until 2 p.m.
Room for strollers: No.
High chairs: Only boosters. Most tables are booths, or bar height. The few regular-height tables have big leather chairs so your own strap-on booster won’t work.
Change table: No.