Brunch at The Gallows
By now, pretty much everyone has heard of The Gallows. Chances are you’ve probably already been. As soon as we found out they had a chicken and waffle dish on their brunch, we know it was something that Jon just had to try.
But first things first. We were planning to enjoy a very casual Sunday afternoon and decided to try some of their brunch cocktails.
Erik the Red Bloody Mary, made with aquavit and a rim of caraway, sugar, salt and fennel ($9)
The Gallows has three Bloody Mary choices on their menu, although a description of each is not given. The Simple is a classic Bloody Mary. The OOC is bloodless, containing no tomato juice. I’d recommend taking a leap of faith with the Erik the Red, using the Danish version of vodka that jumps outside the box and delivers sweet and spicy version that’s one of the best Bloody Mary’s I’ve ever had. The coriander rim is icing on the cake.
Tongue Twister with vodka, grapefruit, lime, cumin ($9)
Jon started with a Tongue Twister, with vodka, grapefruit, lime and cumin. How refreshing is it to see something other than a mimosa or Bloody Mary on the menu?! This eye-opening and tart cocktail was well-balanced to awaken taste buds, and quite possibly the rest of your head (read: great anytime, but really great after a night out). I am not a fan of grapefruit juice and I still enjoyed the taste of this cocktail.
Mother’s Ruin with cocchi, house-made pickle juice, dill, lemon essence ($10)
Jon ordered a second cocktail of their regular cocktail menu, and it was delicious as a brunch drink. The dill and pickle juice combination was so intriguing and worked very well! I wish more cocktails were created with these ingredients, as they are reason alone to return to The Gallows.
Sunrise Poutine with scrambled eggs, fries, gravy, cheese curds, Canadian bacon ($15)
For my meal, I decided on the Sunrise Poutine, which I had my eye on since I first looked at the brunch menu. When eggs, ham, fries, gravy and cheese are put together, good things are bound to happen, right? My first surprise was the dish was served in a bowl, and while each flavor was very nice, and the eggs nicely cooked, there was something about this dish that made it a little incohesive for me. I was expecting to be able to take one bite and capture each flavor, but the way the dish was put together, it was more like eating each ingredient separately. A layered approach with each ingredient in smaller pieces would definitely work.
Fried Chicken and Waffles with chai tea beer batter, stout, blackberry syrup ($14)
Jon’s dish was the winner of the day. A HUGE fan of chicken and waffles, he could not wait to try The Gallows version with Chinese-style chicken fingers. The portion size isn’t that large, so you may be slightly surprised by the portion size, but definitely will be delighted with the taste.
The atmosphere at The Gallows is fun and intriguing. I wanted to take time to walk through the space to study every piece of decoration set to the theme of old-style beheadings. The bar scene was lively even for a Sunday afternoon and the food and cocktails will definitely be calling us for another visit soon.
The Gallows is located at 1395 Washington Street in the South End. Brunch is served from 11 am until 3 pm on Sundays.
What’s your favorite menu item at The Gallows?