I like bar food and enjoy a brunch in a bar. But what I do not like is the noise level that can be pretty high, especially when there is a game on TV. That explains probably why it took me so long before going to 1Republik in Hoboken. But we made it, on a Sunday, showing up at 11:30am. I admit that it was not our first choice, but I am glad we did as the food was fairly good. Time wise, it was perfect as the noise level increased as the time passed, to a point when I was glad to leave...
It is a big place, with a large menu that can satisfy a wide range of customers. And guess what: for brunch, you can get a $2 mimosa!
For appetizer, they have the great idea to propose a sampler that can definitely be shared by more than two persons.
The sampler contains buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks, fried calamari and truffled tater tots.
When they brought the platter, we could smell the truffle (probably oil). All of the items were delicious, my favorite being the wings (slightly spicy), the fried calamari (well cooked and not rubbery), the tater tots and the gouey sticks. None of the fried items were greasy, but it was definitely not a dish I would have ordered if I was on some sort of diet!
For the entrée, Jodi picked the strawberry and goat cheese salad, without onions and walnut.
On my side, I went for the crab cakes appetizer, rightfully anticipating when ordering that the sampler would be big.
The salad was good, the strawberries and goat cheese pairing well together. The crab cakes were ok, having inside some pepper, red onions and celery that kind of overpowered a bit the crab.
It was overall a good brunch and I would probably go back to 1Republik. Maybe for burger as they have an interesting selection on their menu...
Enjoy (I did)!
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