There was a time when every casino property offered great brunches and other restaurants outside the casinos offered some, as well.
Now, a good brunch is hard to find … unless it’s Mother’s Day or Easter.
Leave it to Wingcraft Kitchen & Beer Bar to create a great Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that is affordable and casual, offering fresh, made-from-scratch food that will either cure a hangover or entice you to have a few more drinks.
“We wanted to do a Sunday brunch because we just think it’s a fun thing to do on Sundays,” says Owner Nick Ballias. “There’s not much going on outside of football season on Sundays – and we don’t do brunch during football season – so decided we could offer a great way to start your week.”
The impressive gastropub, located at Tanger Outlets, The Walk, wisely uses their three signature items – wings, burger and tenders – to serve as the brunch menu’s backbone, but there are about a dozen entrée choices on the menu, each more enticing than the next.
So while you can have their wings ($8.99 for eight) or tenders ($8.99 for four) with a variety of a dozen sauces – my favorites are the Buffalo bleu, hot and honey and roasted red pepper Sriracha – as well as their classic double cheeseburger ($10.99), my advice is to go with the unique brunch items that rotate regularly.
On the breakfast side of things, you can splurge for the most expensive dish on the menu: steak and eggs ($22.99) with grilled skirt steak, a bed of hand-cut french fries and two eggs sunny side up with pesto cream sauce.
There’s also chocolate chip banana cookie butter pancakes ($12.99); white chocolate strawberry pancakes ($12.99) with fresh strawberries and whipped cream; a Nutella banana croissant sandwich ($10.99) with a fruit cup; banana caramel pecan french toast ($11.99); The Hangover sandwich ($12.99), scrambled eggs, smoked bacon and cheddar on a burger bun french toast with a side of tater tots; and Three’s Company ($12.99) three bacon, egg and cheese breakfast sliders with tater tots.
A true brunch sandwich is the breakfast burger ($16.99) - the classic double burger that placed second in At The Shore’s Top 10 Burgers in Atlantic City featuring a unique blend of 100 percent black angus delivered from Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors, the famous New York butcher who never uses meat featuring antibiotics or hormones – plus cream cheese, fried egg, bacon and a side of tots.
And if you’re a salad fan, check out the strawberry pear pecan salad ($13.99) with spinach, strawberries, pear, pecans, gorgonzola and balsamic dressing.
“The staples are there, but we change the menu every couple of weeks, adding an item here and an item there,” Ballias says. “The steak and eggs are relatively new, and so are the cookie butter pancakes. But like our regular menu, everything is made from scratch. The pancakes are made from scratch. We use fresh ingredients, real eggs, quality, thick-cut bacon and the best breakfast meats.”
What would a brunch be without a good mimosa or Bloody Mary? Wingcraft has you covered with your first mimosa costing $9 and additional ones just $1 after that. And Bloody Marys are just 5 bucks.
Of course there are also 20 taps and more than 35 bottles of craft beers from the top names in the business such as Dogfish Head, 21st Amendment, Stone, Weyerbacher, Troegs, Sly Fox, Left Hand and River Horse. And there’s a full bar available, too.
“When the weather breaks and the crowds pick up at The Walk, we can be packed in here for Sunday brunch,” Ballias says. “We have everyone from families to people who are getting done after a night partying at Haven to people who work there.”
Wingcraft is located at 2010 Baltic Ave., at Tanger Outlets, The Walk, Atlantic City and is open 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays, 11 a.m. to midnight, or later on Fridays and Saturdays. Call 609-541-2799 or go to WingcraftAC.com or on Facebook.