It’s easy to pass by Brunch Club regularly and yet miss it completely. The modest little wedge-shaped restaurant stands at an odd intersection a mile or so south of downtown Dayton, and its unusual hours mean the place opens early and closes in the mid-afternoon. Still, an excellent array of dishes make The Brunch Club somewhere you’ll want to come back to a few times once you’ve tried it.
The menu is a wide variety of sandwiches, breakfasts and the like.
- Spice Island Wrap: filled with breaded chicken in a very spicy sauce that is just the right amount of heat. It’s got a little kick to it, which is perfect if you like spicy things.
- Seafarer’s Fish Platter: A breaded cut of fish served on a hoagie roll and with plenty of tartar sauce on the side. Cole slaw and fries on the side are filling.
- Pancakes: Great, enormous pancakes with a lot of butter on the side. The best way to eat them? In the “Jackpot Special” with eggs and a smoky sausage on the side.
- Waffles: The enormous waffle is crunchy and that’s what’s great about it. The waffle is thick and filling, but I recommend a bit of bacon on the side.
- Eggs Benedict: A grilled English muffin, some nice grilled ham topped with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. That bit of paprika on top? It works.
- The side dishes are another matter, I’m afraid. The french fries are crinkle cut, frozen types, probably bought from a store. The sweet potato fries have a good texture but they’re a little bland. With the simple addition of some butter or brown sugar to top them they might be good, but I’m afraid they just fall short.
While the menu isn’t extremely diverse, it has won a number of awards from local media. For my part, things are good enough to impress me. Some of the fruit could be a little fresher, too. Prices of things are pretty good, it’s about what you would expect for the middle of the city, which is to say it’s a little more expensive to eat here than the suburbs.
Brunch Club has a friendly staff who is more than friendly and extremely grateful to the regulars who come back, and I have found the place definitely has a slant toward the older crowd. With friendly service, good food and a pleasant atmosphere, it’s easy to forget you’re in the middle of a major city and enjoy a pleasant, slow meal. Brunch Club is a local gem, and definitely with a stop in.
- Keep in mind this place is built mainly for breakfast; there aren’t dinner hours and it’s closed before 5 p.m.
- Sandwiches are great, but the best known features are the breakfasts.
- Brunch Club is definitely geared toward an older crowd.