"A perfect holiday season breakfast spot."
With its quirky and well-worn but comforting feel—not to mention former Bouchon Bakery chef de cuisine Jim McDuffee in charge of the kitchen—you'd think that Joseph Leonard would be the kind of place that turned out a serious breakfast. And you would be right.
Let's start with the egg sandwich ($12). Yes, it's twelve bucks, but it is more than a complete breakfast: A split buttery croissant, tangy, earthy manchego cheese, fresh local eggs, all served with a side order of brussels sprouts with sriracha. Brussels sprouts for breakfast? You betcha.
Then there's the sausage and eggs ($13). Chef Jim McDuffie uses housemade saucisson a l'ail (French garlic sausage), fried eggs, a wedge of what might be the city's best hash browns, and a little hillock of arugula, all topped by some creme fraiche. It's a hearty plate of breakfast food that's been carefully thought out.
Even if you don't order anything that comes with hash browns you must get a side order ($6)—crispy on the outside, tender on the inside.
And if you want something sweet, you will not go wrong with the surprisingly light brioche French toast served with caramelized apples ($12).
Most of the year, it can be hard to find the time to eat a leisurely breakfast out during the work week. That's what holiday weeks are for. Joseph Leonard is a perfect holiday season weekday breakfast spot. It's pricier than your local Greek coffee shop for sure, but in this case you get what you pay for.
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