When I was first invited to check out Greenleaf Gourmet ChopShop, it was on a Tuesday night that I was busy working late at the office and I was sad to miss the opportunity. However, the lovely Devon was kind enough to arrange another time and as luck would have it, it was at the start of my birthday month for a breakfast meal. I’d like to believe that this was one of those times chalked up to “everything happens for a reason.” I was delighted enough to wake up early and join her just up the street for a healthy breakfast.
Maybe it’s just me, the GPS, or my lack of direction but Greenleaf isn’t exactly easy to find. It’s set further off the street on 17th and all you’ve got to guide you is their green and purple leaf logo. You can’t park immediately up front or they’ll tow but there is plenty of parking out back near their take out window.
Upon entering I was immediately impressed. It’s like stepping into a part of wine country. I could feel a part of northern California tugging at my heart strings. We had a reserved seat at the community table and chef was there to immediately cater to our needs and bring us a sangria mimosa topped with fresh fruit. This drink was light and refreshing and a perfect start to our “cheat day” brunch which isn’t exactly a part of their healthy menu but it’s got enough guilt to keep you calorie conscious.
I think Chef read my mind because our cheat day breakfast brunch was a nice mix of everything I love and the way I love to eat it. We started off with the breakfast pizza topped with turkey sausage, potatoes, goat cheese, baby arugula, and a sunny side up egg. If you know me, my favorite part of breakfast is the eggs and not just any eggs – I like them runny therefore sunny side up or poached are always my pick for breakfast. The sunny side up sits like a beautiful work of art on top of this pizza and I couldn’t wait to cut in and let it ooze. Eggs can be finicky however this egg spread beautifully atop our pizza and if we didn’t have to try other brunch items I probably would have devoured the whole thing.
While the breakfast pizza is definitely a win, it doesn’t exactly compare to what Chef brought out next. How did she know I love a good eggs benedict? Seriously? It’s like my favorite breakfast dish. I told you I like eggs right? And that I like them runny? This eggs benedict is served on a soft pretzel bread. The salty sweet doughy texture is what got me. The bread is topped with turkey, spinach, onions, gruyere, cheddar, and a mustard hollandaise. Sadly, I could only get through one part of my eggs benedict while I longingly stared at the other. The poached egg on top was cooked perfectly. I soaked it up with the pretzel bread while enjoying the perfectly lovely winter’s day outside from my seat at the table. It truly was majestic.
After a savory brunch, chef surprised us with a baked pancake. I’m not much of a pancake person unless it’s a Swedish pancake or something my grandma makes which is similar but this baked pancake was quite a surprise. It’s more like a cake vs a pancake and it was filled with fresh cinnamon caramel apples, vanilla lemon creme fraiche, and agave roasted walnuts. It was hard to believe that everything about this pancake was healthy. It tasted absolutely sinful. In fact the entire meal did however it was relatively low on calories.
I’m so fortunate that this dream brunch is just up the street. I think it might just be my new breakfast spot.