Toad In The Hole At Wolf’s Ridge

IMG_2082Wolf’s Ridge Brewing is another new destination in the downtown Columbus dining scene.  The Jersey Girl and I went there for lunch and had a fine meal, but when I heard it was open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday I was eager to check it out.  Today, with Richard in town and ready to see what was new in Columbus, was the perfect opportunity.

When I reviewed the brunch menu I knew Wolf’s Ridge was a good choice, because one of the options was Toad In The Hole.  With a pub food name like that, how could you decline to order it?  I certainly couldn’t resist the temptation.

It turns out that Toad In The Hole is round pieces of fresh bread with a hole cut in the middle, like a doughnut.  The hole is then filled with a baked egg, cooked so that the yolk is runny.  The two pieces of bread are served over slices of bacon, fingerling potatoes that look like sausages, and a kind of gravy that was absolutely delectable.  You cut up the bread and the egg, the yolk runs into the gravy and the sliced bits of potato, and you fork it down between bites of bacon.  Wow!  It’s one of the best brunch dishes I’ve ever had.

Because the name of the place is Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, I had to try a beer, too.  I was tempted to get a flight of five beers — for only $8.00! — but I thought that might be too much for 1 p.m. on Saturday, so I settled on a glass of Harvest Wheat.  It was a bit darker than many wheat beers but crisp, clean, and a perfect complement to the entree.  Toad and Wheat go together like birds of a feather.

It’s great to have another downtown brunch option, and I was glad to see that more than a few tables and spots at the bar were filled on a pretty Saturday afternoon.  If you’re in the mood for brunch in Columbus, Wolf’s Ridge fills the bill.

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