Tucked away in a brick building just off Main Street is The Whip Restaurant Gallery. The loungy loft space showcases works of artists while serving contemporary food to the locals. The laid back atmosphere is comfy and one could easily waste time just dawdling away.
Tre and I came for brunch. The Whip was already buzzing. Our friendly server with a dry sense of humour, seated us in a booth. The big windows bring in a ton of light into the open space concept. A long skinny wood communal table sits right in the middle and would make a great area to gather and have a good time. There’s a lot of wood being used as accents at The Whip and reminds me of a old saloon.
The brunch menu has a good selection. My eye was instantly drawn to the Havana Rice Bowl. The dish is a good balance of protein and carbohydrates. I order a similar dish at Subeez. Tre had the shrimp, pesto and feta omelet with hash browns and sour dough toast. Plus two cups of coffee.
Tre’s shrimp, pesto and feta omelet was good. The omelet was fluffy and had a fair amount of shrimp and pesto, but was a bit salty. The hash browns were a bit on the mushy side. The Havana rice bowl was tasty: house tomato baked beans and seasoned rice, topped with a poached egg, monterey jack cheese, salsa, sour cream and avocado (extra). The rice tasted like it had been cooked in chicken broth and absorbed all its flavor — good but mushy. The house tomato house baked beans complimented the perfectly poached egg and married well with monterey jack cheese.
Our meals came to just under $31 including taxes and tips. It’s not the most thrifty brunch but decent for what you get. Our server was friendly and upbeat and made sure our coffee cups were always filled.
Perfect for: eggs in a gallery.