Over the weekend, I had brunch at Atlanta's Urban pL8. The leisurely Saturday meal was the perfect way to kick off a relaxing weekend, especially after my alma mater, Indiana State University, suffered a not-shocking-but-still-sad March Madness loss the night before. Brunch is served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Urban Pl8.
Chef and owner Betsy Pitts combines environmentally sustainable products and methods with fresh, locally grown ingredients to create flavorful and inventive dishes.
There were several Paleo options for those on the "caveman" diet which encourages lean meats and fresh fruits and vegetables over grains and dairy products. Gluten-free options, vegetarian dishes and organic items were are also touted on the menu.
In my group of four, we were all impressed with the hearty portions, delicious flavors and affordable prices.
I ordered the Paleo Breakfast Hash which was made with turkey sausage, red peppers, onion, sweet potatoes, zucchini, jalapenos and pico de gallo. Two sunnyside-up eggs were perched on top of the hash with two strips of crisp bacon. The dish cost $10.25. The turkey sausage was so flavorful that I didn't miss its fatty pork-based cousin, and the sliced and sauteed jalapenos added a nice kick to the crisp veggies.
My husband raved about his turkey sausage and red pepper scramble featuring vidalia onions, spinach and feta for $8.25. A friend was surprised to discover that he liked horseradish when he ordered steak and eggs with a horseradish cream sauce, $8.75. My sister loved the nutty flavor of her gluten-free blueberry almond meal griddle cakes, $8.
Instead of typical home fries or grit side dishes, most meals were served with a side of perfectly done oven-roasted sweet potatoes. Sides of bacon, turkey sausage and whole-wheat English muffins were also available.
For $10, my sister and I treated ourselves to bottomless mimosas. The laid-back but attentive waitstaff kept our glasses full and the pace relaxed. The outdoor patio was full but quiet and calm.
I'd suggest Urban pL8 for anyone looking to enjoy a relaxed meal with friends. The menu appeals to a variety of guests and special diets can easily be accommodated. You don't have to be an adventurous eater to visit Urban Pl8, but if you are you'll likely have a greater appreciation for the inventive menu options.