Oliver's Public House Packs a Mean Brunch

As new residents of Madison, WI, we've quickly learned that brunch is not only a meal between breakfast and lunch, but rather, a religion.  As newly devout brunchers, we have found our place of worship at Oliver's Public House.

Here are the must-try brunch dishes & cocktails, in no particular order.

1.  The Corned Beef & Hash

Their generous serving of Corned Beef is served with a stout-mustard reduction and served with 2 eggs.  I prefer mine over-easy.

You just absolutely cannot walk in to Oliver's for brunch and not have this dish.  I assure you, that you'll want to eat this again, and again, and again.  The sauce brings it all together in this dish, and the over-easy eggs were cooked to perfection.  It was damn sexy!

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2.  The Bloody Mary

Their Bloody Mary is the BEST in Madison.  

Hands down.

Their staple Bloody Mary is made with St. George Green Chili Vodka, Tomato, Celery, Cayenne, and served with a Pilsner Chaser.  (which I quickly learned is a Wisconsin thing.  I've never been served a Bloody Mary with a beer chaser in any other state I've ordered one at)

Wisconsin folks come correct with their Bloody Mary cocktails, and Oliver's is the standard to aspire to.  

At least in my book.

And, it should be in yours.

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3.  Chocolate & Cherry Scone

This was one of their brunch specials this Easter weekend and it's served made to order.  We immediately ordered this and were pleasantly surprised at what was brought to our table.  It was a warm, pillowy treat that put every dry and crumbly scone I've ever eaten to shame. 

It's a shareable scone, good enough for 3 people, but trust me when I say, you're going to want to keep this baby to yourself.  

OMG, this was dabombdotcom!  Oh so good!

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It's not quite a cookie, but it's more decadent than one.  It was absolutely sublime!


I really wish you could eat this scone through  your screen.

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4.  The 'Classic'

This sandwich is served with bacon, ham, or portabella "bacon",  with your choice of cheese, roasted garlic aioli,  and a sunny side up egg, served on their house bun.

Need I say more?

You can add some Frites for an additional charge, or keep it on the lighter side by sticking to the spring greens salad like we did here.

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5.  Beer Waffles

The Beer Waffles are bananas!  

Quite literally.

It's topped with maple syrup, whipped citrus fromage blanc, and BANANA BRULEE!!!  

Ummm, yes please!!!

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6.  Classic Eggs Benedict

The photo below was the FIRST of many Eggs Bennies I've eaten at Oliver's, so please excuse the grainy quality of the photo.  I wasn't HD ready for that one.

Their Eggs Benedict is served on house-made english muffin, with house ham, poached egg,  and chive hollandaise.

It's arguably the best Eggs Bennie in town.  

Their hollandaise is legit on point!

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If you're on a brunch pilgrimage like we were, make sure you stop by our mecca.

Brunch truly is a religion here, and you'll experience a divine awakening at Oliver's Public House.

Tell them Epicurean Chronicles sent you.