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Seriously Fresh Cuisine

A La Carte Columns

January 25, 2016

Story By: Caitlin Basilio | Photos by: Bodie Collins

Located in Chinatown on Smith Street sits down town’s most beloved brunch spot — Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop. The eatery, which opened in July 2015, boasts lots of eclectic flavors, especially Southern-style dishes inspired by the travels of owner and executive chef Brian Chan.

The eatery got its unique name because everything is made from scratch, daily. With an open kitchen for its guests to see every creation being made and minimal kitchen-storage space, Chan takes pride in only making small batches of everything each day. Along with its enticing menu, Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop also offers a medley of daily fresh-baked pastries, ranging from different types of scones and muffins to cookies.

‘BACON’ ME CRAZY

Each season, the menu at Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop changes. Throughout winter, the restaurant is serving up Bacon & Waffles unlike any other. For $13, patrons are served a buttermilk waffle, French-style scrambled eggs — finished with sour cream and cooked to a soft scramble — topped with bacon lardons, which are thicker and juicier cuts of bacon. Last but not least, the dish is served with an espresso-infused maple syrup, made by infusing the syrup with espresso beans, orange rind and a pinch of salt.

Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop

1030 Smith St., Chinatown
536-1669
Wednesday-Monday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; closed Tuesday
Tapas menu available for dinner Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30-9 p.m.

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