WORDS BY ALYSSA STEVENSON, IMAGES BY WILL MILNE
Not quite breakfast, not quite lunch, but somehow the perfect combination of the two creates our favorite meal: brunch. 940’s Kitchen and Cocktails hasn't quite been on the Denton food scene for a year now, but is joining the weekend brunch game starting this weekend. Read on to find out what we loved on the menu, and what you’ll be heading back for every weekend.
Chef Kelly Doyle and the team over at 940’s has cooked up quite the menu that has become a part of our regular Denton dinner and lunch rotation. You can read our thoughts on 940's when they first opened here. It seems only natural that at this point they decide to ease themselves into brunch on the weekends. So now after you drink one too many A Certain Mr. Rose’s cocktails while listening to a live DJ, you can go back the next morning to grab your forgotten sunglasses and slide into a booth, order a Bloody Mary and fix whatever you did to yourself the night before.
Start with a Brunch Board to share and the maple bacon deviled eggs will start getting you where you need to be. Alongside those eggs you’ll find some grilled cheddar cheese, a drunken goat cheese, perfectly seared pork belly and a mimosa aspic. Don’t be afraid of the aspic. It is basically a grown up version of jello and is way better than anything you peeled a top off of.
Move on from that to the main courses. We tried four of them for you so you know what to order. If you’re feeling like you need to nourish your body with all of the veggies try the Arepas Benedict. Two Arepas (cheese filled dough - ain’t nothing wrong with that) are topped with an array of fresh, bright, quickly sautéed vegetables. Broccolini, mushrooms, and tomatoes are topped with poached eggs and a Bloody Mary hollandaise sauce. The menu also has a ‘regular’ Benedict, accompanied by some great home fries.
For the meat eaters at the table, turn to the steak and eggs. Sautéed mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and spinach are piled over French fried potatoes. Top all of that with a ribeye that has been drizzled with chimmichurri and finally crowned with a sunny side up egg.
Let’s chat about our favorite dish of the day - the chicken biscuit. 940’s has carefully crafted a most perfect peppered biscuit, which sandwiches a Fresno Chile honey fried chicken breast, and a fried egg. Holding it all together is a chipotle bourbon queso. This is not a sandwich to scoff at. The chicken was crunchy, salty, spicy and sweet all at once, the biscuit held up to the sauce and the egg and the heft of the fillings and the pepper sang through it all. We’ll be back for that chicken biscuit, and probably pretty soon.
Aside from the food, the bar will be whipping up pitchers sangria and mimosas in addition to (non-pitcher) Bloody Mary’s with their own pepper-infused vodka.
940’s Kitchen and Cocktails is located at 219 W. Oak St. in Denton, TX. They open for brunch starting this Saturday and Sunday at 10am. Keep up to date with them on their Facebook page.