My brunch crew and I visited Cava Mezze in the first weekend of December after I received a recommendation from one of my coworkers who enjoys good food as much as I do. She mentioned that she had gone to the restaurant in Baltimore with a large group and enjoyed the food and found it a great place for a large groups. Because of a Ravens game in Baltimore, we decided to go to the newly-opened Cava Mezze location in Olney, Maryland to avoid traffic. What an incredible brunch experience we had!
Cava Mezze is run by the same people that run Cava Grill, which is basically a Mediterranean Chipotle-style casual dining restaurant that allows you to choose a base, add a protein, sauces, and build a customized meal. I had heard that the spicy lamb meatballs were everything but I had yet to make my way into a Cava Grill location. However, after the recommendation from a coworker regarding the Cava Mezze restaurant that is a sit-down restaurant that offers a more sophisticated menu selection, I decided to book our reservation for the experience. The All You Can Eat Brunch is $35.00 and includes $0.25 mimosas (yes, a quarter).
The All You Can Eat Brunch includes about 19 items and my group and I had the pleasure of ordering about 16 of the items, which will be pictured below. The entire table must participate to enjoy the brunch option. All dishes are ordered individually and served when ready. The downside of this is that the dishes are small which questions if the price value would be worth it individually, but since you can order it multiple times, it more than makes up for it.
One of my personal favorites include the Pork Belly and Eggs which included a poached egg, hollandaise sauce, and pieces of pancetta.
PORK BELLY & EGGS poached egg | pancetta | hollandaise
Another big hit at the table was the Spicy Lamb Benedict with a poached egg. The lamb was seasoned so well and the egg complimented the dish perfectly.
SPICY LAMB BENEDICT poached egg | spicy lamb
Another was the French toast that was a remix on a classic breakfast dish that served thick cut challah in large squares with honey, berries, and cream.
FRENCH TOAST thick cut challah | honey | berries | cream
We also really enjoyed the chicken sage sausage, Nutella waffle, and Green eggs and ham served like a deviled egg with a fresh herb vinaigrette on top sprinkled with pancetta.
Additional dishes include:
Overall, my group and I had an amazing meal and so much so that we will back for brunch in January 2017. I spent a total of $47.89 after the $0.75 on 3 mimosas, $35 on the brunch, and the tip, my total was $47.89. The restaurant was packed and some of the dishes took longer to arrive but the service overall was wonderful and I look forward to visiting again. I also got to meet the Maître D’ Gus, who was just a delight and had a big personality! The following is my Seven Mac Score for the restaurant:
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