We know the Walnut Inn Speakeasy seems an unlikely place to stop for breakfast, what with the virtual sea of plasma screens showing sporting events and its wide selection of upscale pub grub. But Walnut's all-weekend breakfast specials were getting buzz. So Boca had to pay a visit.
To our surprise, breakfast didn't seem to be an afterthought. The menu was treated with the same attention to detail the owners lavished on the rest of the place when it was upgraded last year. The standards were there, but each with a bit of a twist. And with most entrees ranging from $5 to $8 (the prices topped off at a steak skillet for $12.95), it was worth a try.
So we settled into a large comfy booth and decided to be adventurous, foregoing the pancakes and waffles and opting for eggs benedict. The plate came with two tall stacks of English muffin, ham and poached egg, bathed in a luxurious hollandaise sauce. The muffins were crispy, the ham was salty-sweet and the eggs were just runny enough to make a tasty mess after cutting. And what part of the plate wasn't covered with the protein was heaped with crispy cubes of potato, the Walnut's answer to hash browns. We mightily enjoyed all of it.
As we ate, people came and went. Some families had younger children, while some were older. A group of college-aged kids took over a larger table in the center of the room, while some presumably co-workers sat over at the bar. Despite the fact that many people came to stay, our waitress was attentive to our needs. She returned with refills, cleared off the dirty dishes, and checked back quite often. And since it wasn't anywhere near morning anymore, the bartender whipped up a few tasty drinks for us, too, to top off our breakfasts.
A few times the volume of the televisions made conversation a little difficult in our booth, but it seems to us that an earlier visit before the games kick into gear might make for a more relaxed breakfast experience. But hey, breakfast is served all day on the weekends, so maybe pancakes and an Old-Fashioned is the way to go.
Location: 214 W. Walnut