The Best Thing I Ate This Week: Press 626's Benedict
If you’ve been following my food journey via Bay Bites for long enough, you’ll have learned a little something about me: I’m a brunchin’ woman! I suppose what I love about brunch the most is the diversity it offers. Brunch is essentially an excuse to have no limits on the kind of food you eat regardless of the time of day—whether it’s 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Waffles topped with shredded corned beef? Absolutely. Deep-fried biscuits? You bet!
This weekend I visited an old favorite, Press 626, settled in the always-quaint Norfolk neighborhood of Ghent. Except instead of dessert and Prosecco, this time it was for this food lover’s golden hours—brunch.
Press 626 is definitely one of the spots that embrace the nontraditional brunch ways. They had their Millionaire’s Steak & Eggs, which comes with a lemon hollandaise. They even pair Duck Confit & Sweet Potato Hash with eggs and Sriracha, and if you’re nostalgic for more breakfast-like items, they’ve got you covered with Butterscotch Spiced Apple French Toast made with challah. Yes, it was a tough decision. Eventually I landed on the Dave & Dee’s Mushroom Benedict, and the husband went for the New Orleans BBQ Shrimp & Jalapeño Cheddar Grits.
After we sipped down our $3 mimosas (you’ll be happy to know that the $3 drink special also extends to more saucy cocktails like the screwdriver, poinsettia and Bloody Mary), our plates arrived.
Press’ Benedict isn’t your average bennie. Instead of English muffins catching the poached eggs, there are hunks of buttery, melt-in-your-mouth, savory cornbread carrying traces of truffle oil. The truffle stemmed from the white truffle mornay sauce—cheesy, dense and rich like a fancier version of gravy. The mornay sauce smothered the velvety, flower petal-esque oyster mushrooms. Like a petite bouquet for my benedict, they were lightly seasoned and more dressed down in flavor allowing the mornay sauce to really take center stage. Between the mushrooms and sauce was caramelized onions and spinach. Served with a side of potato hash, this was a meal for the books.
While I savored each bite of my meal, the husband had his own agenda. “Oh, I’m sorry. I just ate it all.” While I can’t necessarily attest for its flavor, he commented, “The grits were al dente and chewy. The shrimp was BBQ-y with that signature New Orleans spice that makes everything nice.” I suppose I’ll have to take his word for it until our next visit.
When you want to go big for brunch, there’s no doubt that Press 626 is certainly the spot.
Press 626 is located at 626 W. Olney Road in Norfolk. They’re open for brunch every Sunday 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.