Cazey and I have been meeting some really cool Richmonders in the quest to make Richmond Brunch Weekend as amazing as it can be. Today, we got to sit down with Faith Wilkerson from UnlockingRVA to chat about how we can share resources to get more restaurants onboard and more people to know about the event. We decided to conduct our "business" in the only fashion we know: over brunch.
Despite the weather being a bit gloomy, we decided to try out The Boathouse at Rockett's Landing. Since I never go into a brunch cold, I previewed the menu the night before and decided that I was going to get the Southern custard bread pudding French toast.
When you first walk in to brunch at Boathouse at Rockett's Landing, the first and most noticeable change from their nighttime set-up is the wide array of breakfast foods laid out for the taking in the semi-buffet set up by the far windows.
You only get the buffet if you order an omelet or a waffle, but then you get bacon, sausage, fruit, biscuits and Parmesan potatoes. An unlimited supply, Cazey might add. Because I love large amounts of breakfast foods and knew I would be upset if I didn't get the buffet, I changed my mind to get the California omelet, which was stuffed with mushrooms, asparagus and goat cheese, finished off with some avocado slices on top ($14).
Faith really sold the bacon to us, and Cazey agrees that the bacon from the buffet was exceptional. It's that thick, crispy bacon that's almost burnt, but not quite. I personally liked the sausage better, though.
I was sold on the buffet when I realized that meant I could eat as many cheddar biscuits as I wanted. Thankfully, they made them miniature-sized, so it's less ridiculous when I admit I ate three of them.
The omelet was good, but I wish I ordered a more creative dish to review. It was well-done, but I think the French toast would have made a more unique impression on me. Cazey also wished there were more feta or maybe mozzarella. He wants to try the Eggs Diablos next time he comes to Boathouse (Byrd Mill cheddar grits, two fried eggs, tomatoes, chipotle ranchero sauce, avocado, and sour cream).
The last thing to mention about the Boathouse at Rockett's Landing is the view and architecture. This wasn't my first time at this location, but it was Cazey's. He has asked multiple times if he's been to the Boathouse, since we run a brunch blog, and now he can finally say he has. But he gets why everyone's so obsessed with it. Even though it was a gray day, you can't beat the panorama or the unique architecture of the building. He can't wait to check out the other Boathouse locations. Each one has a slightly different brunch menu.
If you're interested in dining at The Boathouse at Rockett's Landing or any of the other Boathouse locations (Short Pump and Sunday Park), add them to the list of consideration for Richmond Brunch Weekend, which is May 14 and 15.