We hope that you all had a fantastic Mother's Day weekend! The weather was mom-approved here in Madison, WI, and EVERYONE took advantage of it. Remember, our winter's are COLD... REALLY COLD so this was much needed, and welcomed.
We were lucky enough to be able to brunch it for the first time at Liliana's in Fitchburg, WI. We were surprised to see how large this venue was, and how many people were lined up to get in. To our delight, we were greeted by the hostess, the charming Liliana (Lily for short), who is the namesake to this restaurant. We were quite impressed at how professional she was when we told her we didn't have a reservation. "We might be able to squeeze you in at the bar, we have about 450 coming in today, so we're VERY full." She was right, and we were able to get seated at the bar. Again, we were LUCKY we were able to get seated.
So what did we eat? EVERYTHING!
It was their Mother's Day Brunch Buffet!
We started off with some beverages of course.
One simply cannot brunch without either one of these brunch beverage staples:
The Bloody Mary
Their Bloody Mary is made with horseradish, pepper, and tomato juice, along with a blend of creole spices and other seasonings in a pepper infused vodka garnished with a pickled vegetables, cheese curd, blackened shrimp, and Andouille sausage. We ordered the hot variety. Whoa! It was definitely a stiff spicy drink. They don't skimp out on the liquor for sure!
The Bottomless Mimosa
They had us at bottomless.
I mean C'MON!
Yup, the bartender topped us off a few times. You just can't go wrong with this way of drinking Mimosas.
We ate EVERYTHING.
Seriously. We did. The Shrimp & Cheese Grits were dabombdotcom! The shrimp was cooked perfectly, and the grits were super creamy! The Biscuits and Gravy were LEGIT! If you like stuffing, you'll LOVE this. Their biscuits were like giant pieces of compressed stuffing, and the gravy was so good, they should bottle it and sell it. Really, it was that good. The Jambalaya was deeeeelish! It wasn't spicy at all, and surprisingly, the least filling thing on the plate. The bacon and ham were also on point. We really can't say anything bad about what we ate. It was really, really, really, really good!.
We ate Beignets!
We were super excited for these. It's been a while since we've had beignets, and we knew we could eat them at Liliana's. They were simple, light, airy, and yummy!. It was surprisingly not as sweet as we were anticipating them to be, but quite frankly, it's how we like them any way. Our faces were covered with powdered sugar after devouring this dish.
We were able to give our compliments to Chef Dave Heide, the Executive Chef and Patriarch of the family owned restaurant after our meal. Chef Dave is incredibly approachable, super down-to-earth, and not to mention, a remarkable chef. There were no misses on any of the dishes we had the pleasure of eating. Everything was a hit!
We are definitely coming back for their standard (non-buffet) brunch service, and of course, for dinner, and we can't wait to report back to all of you. Matter of fact, we may even sign up for one of Chef Dave's cooking class taught right at the Liliana's Kitchen by Chef Dave himself. How awesome is that?!?!
We NEED to eat hear again, and so should all of you!
Make your rezzies if you plan to brunch it here, it's highly recommended.
Or, you could wing it and see if their charming, pint-sized Hostess with the most-est, Ms. Lilliana, can 'squeeze you in'.
Either way, you won't be disappointed. Tell them Epicurean Chronicles sent you!