This past Sunday, I wholeheartedly took part in a BRUNCH TASTING at Oak & Stone in Lakewood Ranch. Oak & Stone was JUST named BEST New Restaurant in SRQ Magazine. They hosted this SPECIAL EVENT for a select group of VIBS. What in the world are VIBS?! VERY IMPORTANT BRUNCHERS!!!! I know, I know, so adorable right?!
Oak & Stone just recently added brunch to their menu and this brunch tasting was the PERFECT way for them to get the word out there that Oak & Stone isn’t just for Beer.
The tasting started with everyone enjoying either Bloody Mary’s or Mimosas. They did good and offer Bottomless for only $10 during Sunday brunch! Y’all know Bottomless is almost a brunch requirement!
Now for the food! The first item served was Sausage & Gravy Knots. Yes, I said Gravy Knots. Not what I typically think of when I think of brunch, but it actually was a perfect dish and was really hearty. It also had hash browns in it and was topped with a fried egg. I usually favor sweet things, but I’m actually salivating thinking of biting into it right now. It was so juicy!
Pizza. My second love. Oak & Stone has 3 different Brunch Pizzas on the menu and we got to try The Benedict, their number 1 seller! You can’t go wrong with garlic sauce, cheese, Taylor pork (Jersey girls love Taylor pork), bacon, onion, eggs and homemade hollandaise sauce. This was so dynamite I took home the leftovers and my friends ate it cold.
The Bloody Burger pairs well with a Bloody Mary or a refreshing cold brown ale. I tried Calusa Brewing’s Dissonance which is described as a “breakfast brown ale with coffee and cinnamon”. I’m not typically a beer drinker, but this tasted more like a heavy cold brew coffee to me, so I could actually see myself ordering this again. And of course, Oak & Stone has an extensive array of beer on hand to choose from so if coffee flavored beer isn’t your thing, you’ve got options.
Speaking of wings. Wait what? Ok, just kidding, wings aren’t on the brunch menu, but General Manager, Anthony Liakakos and Chef Mike Yoder like them so much, they thought we should experience them too! Their wings are soaked in brine for 24 hours before being baked in a wood fire oven. Then they are tossed in hot wing butter sauce and topped with blue cheese and scallions. Delicious!
These two are super cool and passionate about their business!
The grand finale of our tasting was the Bourbon Barrel French Toast with Candied Bacon. This was made with Brioche bread dipped in a Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Batter and topped with homemade Pecan butter and syrup. The syrup was made with Bourbon Barrel Beer infused with Bourbon. The side of potatoes it came with was a generous portion and they were just well done enough without being too crispy. The fact that I’ve dreamt of this french toast not once but twice this week, it’s safe to say that it is a new favorite and I can’t wait to have it again.
Candied Bacon with a kick!
Oak & Stone’s brunch surpassed my expectations and I think this is the perfect place for a casual Sunday brunch with friends or even to go on a Sunday daytime date. It’s a super approachable place to take guys that are maybe unsure about what brunch is all about or that just think brunch is only for girls. Let’s not forgot O&S has giant, flat screen tv’s all over the restaurant inside and out, so the men can still watch their Sunday sports while they brunch. It’s a win for everyone! 🙂
Happy Brunching! xoxo The Brunch Babe
Oak & Stone, 5405 University Parkway, Lakewood Ranch, FL.
Sunday Brunch 11:30am-3pm