Home Wine Kitchen: Brunch


Good morning! How’s this Friday treating you? I honestly can’t believe that Christmas is in two days. TWO DAYS! And guess who hasn’t started Christmas shopping yet?

I know. I knowwwww. Way to wait until the last minute, Stephanie! Every single year I do my Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve. And every single year I tell myself that I won’t wait until the last minute next time.

Sigh. Looks like I broke my own promise. Winking smile

One promise I’m not breaking? My dedication to food! More specifically, my promise to update the good old bloggy every Friday. So let’s hop to it!

As you probably know by now, brunch is my favorite meal. There’s something about brunch that evokes feelings of lazy weekend mornings, surrounded by the smell of coffee, bacon, and french toast. I love how everything slows down on Sundays, and for me, brunch is the epitome of relaxation.

Clearly, I’m not the only one who feels this way. These girls love brunch just as much as I do.


Hi Joselyn and Sarah! I *heart* these ladies.

We met up for brunch a few weeks ago at Home Wine Kitchen. You might remember my previous visit to this Maplewood gem where I enjoyed dinner with friends. Well, we’re baaaaaack!

Home Wine Kitchen offers a delicious (and affordable) Sunday brunch that I adore. The menu changes depending on what’s in season. When we visited, their fall brunch menu was in full swing.

We were all pretty hungry, so we started with HWK’s cinnamon bread:



This lovely treat was made with buttermilk, brown sugar, and butter. And a delicious caramel glaze. It tasted like a deliciously soft cinnamon biscuit. Amazing. Is it bad that I wanted this all to myself? I’m pretty sure Jos and Sarah felt the same way; we dominated this baby! It took every ounce of willpower inside me to not lick the plate. Yes. It was that good.

Next up? I decided to go with pumpkin french toast:


Oh baby. It was topped with a cream cheese-like topping, and oodles of maple syrup, of course.

I loved this. It tasted like pumpkin bread pudding! Dessert for breakfast? I can dig it. Smile

Joselyn and Sarah’s choices were also pretty fab. Joselyn went with a dish called The Sequel:



It was a sandwich with fried egg, bacon, spinach, cheddar, and bacon jam. Read that again. I’ll give you a second. BACON JAM. This sandwich doesn’t look too special – I know — but the bacon jam is what took it over the top. Joselyn let me try a bite, and I briefly considered grabbing the entire sandwich and running out the door with it.

Sarah went with the cornmeal pancakes:



I’ll admit it: I’m not a huge pancake person. Oh, I’ll eat them, but when I go out, they’re not usually the first thing I think about ordering. But these pancakes? They were different. In a good way! The cornmeal gave them a grainy sort of texture that I enjoyed. And they were super filling! I just had one bite (thanks Sarah!), but I wanted more. Delish.

Josh, one of the owners of HWK, came out and chatted with us quite a bit. He told us a little more about the dishes we were eating, and then he brought this for us to sample:



Holy crepe! This crepe was quite tasty, and was stuffed with rich ricotta cheese. Truthfully, it didn’t hold a candle to my french toast, but it was still quite yummy. Thanks, Josh!

So there you have it. Brunch at HWK was a success. I’m so lucky to live pretty close to such a wonderful place. Will I be back? You better believe it. I highly recommend it!

Have a great weekend, and Merry Christmas!

  • Bacon jam is all that and then some!! I had it for the first time in November at a restaurant in Tyson’s Corner, VA and I am hooked. Found a great recipe online and will be making some for Christmas brunch on Sunday.

    • Stephanie

      Sweet! Could you share the recipe, please! I’m dying to have more bacon jam!