28330 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel, FL
I follow several local restaurants on Instagram and with so many great options around the Tampa Bay area it’s hard to get to them all right away. I had been putting off going to Noble Crust despite their relentless posts of delicious looking food trying to lure me in. But when I saw that Noble Crust won best brunch earlier in the week, I had to go check them out I could procrastinate no longer. Now, if you’ve been following me on any of my social media you would know that brunch has become a thing. To get voted the “Best of the Bay” is a big accomplishment…there is a lot and I mean a LOT of good brunchery to be had. I wanted to in the in crowd..the crowd that has experienced a Noble Crust brunch.
Fried Green Tomatoes
I’m a country girl and we fry green tomatoes in Oklahoma. I have never had one like this! Pimento cheese, pork belly… yes you read that correctly pork belly and tabasco-honey glaze atop a perfectly fried green tomatoe. There were only two so I had one and my husband had the other. These were easily some of the best fried green tomatoes I’ve ever had. This hit almost every tastebud. There was sweet from the honey, salty from the pork belly, spicy from the tabasco and savory from the pimento cheese and tomatoes. If you’ve never had fried green tomatoes try them, if you have still try them.. or don’t that’s more for me. The only disappointment you will have is that there are only two.
Chicken and Waffles
My husband ordered the chicken in waffles. Turns out it is one of their most requested items. Once you taste them you will see why. The chicken and waffles is paired with the same honey-tabasco sauce as the fried green tomatoes and a maple syrup so you can choose which one you like most. Let’s just say by the time I had finished stuffing myself with my food; I had to beg for a taste from my husband so I could have an honest review. The chicken was fried well and it had a nice crisp to it. It didn’t get all soggy after you poured the syrup on it. The waffles were nice and thick and browned to perfection. If you’ve ever had a soft waffle you know what I mean. The ratio was just right so by the time he finished he didn’t have more chicken left over than the waffle. Hat’s off to the chef for this one.. I wonder if his name is Roscoe?
Bronzed Salmon Benny
My oh my we’ve finally gotten to the main event. My Benny my boo! As many of you know I rank my Benedict’s and this one is a top contender. The bronzed salmon benny had poached eggs, salmon… nice thick chunks of salmon with sauteed garlic swiss chard a lemon-dill hollandaise sauce on a buttermilk biscuit. I just love lemon and dill together; there is just something about it that says fresh. Not to mention both lemon and dill go well with salmon. This was the first time I had tasted swiss chard. I’m usually a spinach and kale kinda gal. I must say I was impressed and I will be adding swiss chard to my wheelhouse soon.
I also had a side of four cheese grits and let me tell you.. whew. If you are a cheese grits lover then these are just for you. The combination of cheeses was just right, even my 7 year old liked them. I couldn’t keep her out my bowl.
Chocolate Chip Pancakes
My daughter ordered the chocolate chip pancakes and they were scrumptious. I managed to sneak a piece away when I was cutting them up for her. The portion size is large enough for an adult, but don’t order off the kiddie menu guys…there are some lemon, blueberry and ricotta pancakes waiting for you on the adult menu.
Lastly, I would be amiss if I failed to mention the complimentary mimosa served with the order of a brunch plate. So cheers!! And congrats to Noble Crust on winning the best of the bay brunch. You definitely deserve it.