There is nothing more enjoyable than a relaxing Sunday brunch in a beautiful setting. Living in Tampa, I have become quite spoiled with our gorgeous weather and numerous culinary gems with outdoor seating. This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to have brunch at one of my favorite South Tampa spots, Cru Cellars.
Nestled in the cozy neighborhood of Palma Ceia, Cru Cellars is a wine bar that offers more than 25 wines by the glass and features an extensive retail selection. With a chef-inspired menu, they serve food Tuesday through Saturday from 4:30 until 10 pm. Having dined there a few times, I am quite impressed with their menu selection. Some of my favorites include Croquettas (lightly fried potato balls featuring Jasper Cheddar and Gruyere with a roasted tomato dipping sauce), Fig Jam, Prosciutto, Bleu Cheese and Arugula Flatbread, Potted Pig (truffled port and chicken liver pâté with fresh fruit jam, arugula dressed in a dijon and mustard seed vinaigrette and fresh crostini), and their Cru Burger (served on a pretzel bun, with your choice of cheese and a house-made pickle). Brunch is a fairly recent addition and this past Sunday I was blown away by their savory menu while enjoying their gorgeous wine garden.
My friend Rebecca and I headed to Cru just after 11am and opted to sit outdoors in their wine garden. The weather was gorgeous and we wanted to soak up some of the Florida sunshine while enjoying our meal. I started off with a Pomegranate Mimosa made with Pom and Kila Cava. Slightly sweet and refreshing, it was the perfect start to a perfect brunch.
Rebecca, like myself, was torn on what to order and went with their Cru Petite Quiche. Individual in size and filled with roasted tomatoes, spinach, caramelized onions and Fontina cheese, it is accompanied with seasonal greens dressed with a citrus-Dijon vinaigrette. I, of course, just had to try some and it was even more delicious than I imagined. The combination of the Fontina with the roasted tomatoes and carmelized onions is heavenly. Light and fluffy, the Cru Petite Quiche is a must-have on their brunch menu. Rebecca was beyond pleased with her selection.
I was having a tough time making a decision on what to order and ultimately decided on their Roasted Beet, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Salad. This one had me at goat cheese, as it is one of my favorites. Tossed with crispy prosciutto, fresh dill, toasted pumpkin seeds, orange segments and balsamic reduction, it was sensational. Gorgeous in color and filled with so many complementing flavors, this salad is a blissful mix of deliciousness. Not a single trace of this salad was left, as I did everything but lick the plate.
This was one of the most enjoyable brunches I have had in quite some time and I will be returning sooner rather than later. Two other items that really caught my eye were their Blueberry Waffles with Ricotta and Lemon Zest and their Very French Toast with peanut butter, bananas and cinnamon cream syrup. If you are looking for a great spot with an incredible brunch selection, be sure and stop by Cru Cellars. Brunch is served every Sunday from 11 am-3 pm. I know where I will be this Sunday!