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You know this place for its burgers as well as its beer, wine and bourbon lists. And even though it's hidden from the street, you should know it for its outdoor dining space that's more backyard than al fresco patio. But if you've never moseyed into The Hop & Vine for a weekend brunch, now's your chance to discover that its brunch is worth the trip. The Hop & Vine's menu is sparse—it consists of only six dishes and a handful of sides. But how many spots in town serve hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles meant to be scattered over a warm, house-baked French roll spread with salted butter)? And while lots of restaurants serve huevos rancheros, few, if any, serve them the way chef Sam J. Reed does, with the tortillas, eggs, black beans, chilies, cheese, sour cream, and cilantro sprigs emerging like an island from a bowl of braised beef and pork chili. In the mood for something lighter? Order from the bar eats menu (also available during brunch) and enjoy a seemingly simple arugula salad (served with grilled bread and a fried egg) that’s been jazzed up with earthy fresh herbs (basil, parsley and mint) plucked from the patio garden. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
When the sun is out, this expansive backyard patio is like a magnet for Overlook's residents and has enough gravitational charm to pull in visitors in search of good food and strong drinks from the city's other neighborhoods.
Forecast: The patio seats about 100, so it's rare that you'll ever have to wait. However, if you do sit outside, keep in mind that you must order your drinks and food at the bar inside.
SPF: There are no porticos to protect patio loungers from the rain, but when it's sunny, there are shady places to sit, chiefly the tables beneath the old cherry tree.
Advisory: Smoking is permitted but is relegated to one section. Pets are not allowed, but children are until 6 p.m. And while the cherry tree out back provides plenty of shade, be warned that you might get plunked by the occasional falling fruit.
Barometer: The kitchen here is known for putting out investinve and supremely tasting burgers. Wash one down with one of eight rotating draft craft beers, a wine cocktail, or craft cocktail often infused with many of the herbs that grow around the patio.