Livin' La Vie da Local
Not many people associate locally sourced ingredients and deliciously innovative foods with hotel chains. Although this conception may be true for certain hotels, The Hyatt Regency and its restaurant Avenue One, is a case quite apart. After an incredible brunch with fellow bloggers on The Terrace of the Hyatt Regency in the Theatre District, I can attest that executive chef, Kelly Armetta, knows a thing or fifty about MA's culinary highlights and especially on how to incorporate them into treats to fit any palate.
The brunch, organised by Boston Brunchers in conjuction with Eversave, was a feast for food bloggers and I was fortunate enough to experience this soon to be enstated summer menu with other enthusiasts. Displayed on the outdoor Terrace were various stations ranging from ornate local meats and cheese (the Aged Grafton was an immediate favorite) to sweet French toast and omelettes.
An absolute highlight was the Lobster Eggs Benedict. This dish was an exciting part of the menu, truly highlighting the Bostonian specialty. On top of having hearty chunks of lobster meat on each piece, the bacon had been wrapped around a cob of corn to be smoked...I just wondered where the tasty corn was!
Sharing the Meat and Cheese station we had an eclectic granola complete with cranberries, Marcona almonds and salty pistachios. I know many people skip over the 'yogurt and granola' menu item—at Avenue One, I would suggest you do the opposite!
For the lighter fare, we were offered an arugula salad with sweet and juicy peaches, Marcona almonds and crispy prosciutto, all topped with a poached egg. This dish makes for a nice light touch, perfect for a bright, sunny brunch outdoors.
Finally, we had a fruit and pastry station; as any serious brunch place should. Here you find fresh-out of-the-oven croissants and tasty tartlets made with the sweetest hand-picked strawberries. My personal favorite was their yellow watermelon, something I had never seen before.
Suffice it to say that after this cornucopia of brunch items, there was no doubt in my mind as to the success of Chef Armetta's vision. The Terrace, operated by Avenue One is now open for the summer. Even more exciting is their Happy Hour, happening from 5-7, Tuesday to Friday (weather permitting). Drop by after work for some of Chef's seasonal bites at 4 dollars. Better still, if you come on Thursday or Friday, you will also be endowned with live music.
It seems this place has it all, now let's fill it with a good crowd!