So, you may have noticed that I included Etta’s at Bar 5015 on my most recent brunch list.   Well here is thing, I actually had not been there yet!  I honestly included it based on reputation and my previous experiences with Etta’s!  But I felt like a poser, and that ain’t me!  Last weekend, I finally gathered a group and we visited Etta’s at Bar 5015 to see what the hype was about.

Setup/Location

Here is the important thing I want to be clear on, this is a PARTY.  This is not a brunch restaurant where you sip mimosas with your pinkies up while elevator music softly plays in the background.  No, this is where you go with your girls from college and turn up like y’all did in your twenties.   To aid in this, the bar brings in popular DJ BigReeks to get the party started.  About 80% of the seats are on the front and back patios, meaning that this spot really takes off on a pretty warm day.

A shot of the patio from the Crawl for the Culture event.

A shot of the patio from the Crawl for the Culture event.

On the Sunday that we went, I arrived before they opened at 11am.   I knew they did not allow reservations and we had a decent sized group coming.  My intention was to arrive early and lock down some tables.  Imagine my surprise when I see their small parking lot filled by about 10:50am.   Look, people play NO games about getting tables here!  Soon, the early crowd made their way to the patio and people started claiming seats even before the establishment opened.  Folks that wandered in about noon or one, you know typical brunch hours, were out of luck! So, the lesson here is somebody in the crew has to take one for the team and get there early!  Probably the friend who goes to the early church service, they are prime for this job, pick them!

Drinks

Their menu includes your typical mimosa carafes and even sangria carafes, but I advise you to skip that and go for their cocktails.  My sister ordered the “Chopped and Screwed” and said it was as tasty as it looked.

Chopped and Screwed! Deep Eddy peach vodka, pineapple juice, fresh lime and tiki bitters!

Chopped and Screwed! Deep Eddy peach vodka, pineapple juice, fresh lime and tiki bitters!

FOOD

I am a food blogger ergo I am there for the food!  The party for me is just background noise.  I have noted before that I am a picky eater, so I am generally removing something from a dish.  Here, you cannot modify dishes at all.  Etta’s is operating in a small kitchen and this space is NOT a restaurant so it somewhat makes sense why this must be the case. I went for the one dish that sounded delicious and did not require modifications, shrimp and grits! Some of my friends were turned off by the lack of modifications and opted to eat elsewhere.   For those of us who stayed, we really enjoyed our food!

Shrimp & Grits, spicy cream sauce and cheddar grits.

Shrimp & Grits, spicy cream sauce and cheddar grits.

Brioche French Toast, sweat cream cheese, crushed blueberries, applewood bacon, butter maple syrup. That bacon is AMAZING! We wanted to order a side of it, but alas no a la carte!

Brioche French Toast, sweat cream cheese, crushed blueberries, applewood bacon, butter maple syrup. That bacon is AMAZING! We wanted to order a side of it, but alas no a la carte!

Crab Cake Bowl! Lump crab cake, poached egg, citrus hollandaise, market-salad and toasted sourdough.

Crab Cake Bowl! Lump crab cake, poached egg, citrus hollandaise, market-salad and toasted sourdough.

The brunch plate! Fruit, scrambled eggs, grits, applewood bacon and a sweet belgian waffle. I tried a bit of that waffle. SO good!

The brunch plate! Fruit, scrambled eggs, grits, applewood bacon and a sweet belgian waffle. I tried a bit of that waffle. SO good!

Overall

Etta’s at Bar 5015 is still hitting it out of the park with a limited kitchen space and menu.  If you recall I shared that Etta’s also has their own brick and mortar location offering classes and events in the same neighborhood at Bar 5015.   My hope is, at some point they bring their brunch to their own space, where the kitchen is bigger and could perhaps allow for more of a restaurant environment.  It does seem like the pieces are for that are starting to fall in place though.  For example, Etta’s is hosting a Saturday brunch class on April 15th.  You can purchase tickets for it here.

The takeaway here is this, Etta’s at Bar 5015 offers great food and a fun Sunday Funday environment.