Best innovative brunch: Shango
Shango’s brunch is legendary—reputed for several years now to be the best in town. It lives up to the hype, and then some. Reservations? Recommended. Excellent service, an impeccable attention to detail, and flavorful dishes made with locally sourced ingredients equal winning trifecta. Brunch has a reputation for being either pretentious or a buffet cattle call, and Shango is neither. It’s fine, soulful dining. The special the last time I was here—shrimp with cheddar bacon grits—was delicate, smooth, and savory. Shango’s take on the Benedict features delightfully flavorful Blossom Hill pork sausage (which packs a little kick), poached eggs, a cheddar rosemary biscuit, and a Creole hollandaise sauce. The textures and flavors complement each other in a unique and memorable way.
Chicken Andouille Sausage Gumbo.
Anything involving poached eggs.
3260 Main St., Buffalo
484 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
727 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
Both of these relative newcomers deliver in terms of off-beat and devilishly delicious Sunday offerings. Both venues have limited seating, so arrive early and expect to wait for a table.