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Laura Ewbank

The Place: Gainsbourg

8550 Greenwood Ave N, 783-4004

GREENWOOD

Hours: 10am- 3pm Saturday & Sunday

Uptown, Downtown or Down Home: Uptown. Way uptown.

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Ooh La La: Gainsbourg Does a Bloody Good Brunch

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Laura Ewbank

The Place: Gainsbourg

8550 Greenwood Ave N, 783-4004

GREENWOOD

Hours: 10am- 3pm Saturday & Sunday

Uptown, Downtown or Down Home: Uptown. Way uptown. In fact, the only thing Gainsbourg doesn't have going for it is proximity to downtown. If this place were on Capitol Hill or Ballard Ave., its swanky, sexy goodness would demand a reservation.

Bubbles, Bloodies or Black Coffee: The bubbles here are as lovely as you'd expect at a French-styled eatery. The coffee is Stumptown and served in an über-classy ceramic service. But, it is the Custom Bloody Maries ($7) that are the thing to write home about. With 35 options ranging from Sriracha, to Smoked Duck (for $1 extra), to pickled asparagus, presented on a sushi-style ordering form, you're free to choose your juice, level and type of heat (wasabi to chipotle), two garnishes (extras are available for between 50 cents and $1 per item), and quality of vodka or tequila (if you favor Marie's south-of-the-border cousin Maria), for a perfectly personalized drink.

Hung-over, Hooked-Up or Hanging with the Family: The aforementioned Bloody Marie bar lets you make a meal of your drink when you feel as if you can't stomach anything else. There is bar space and WiFi for solo dining. As far as hooking up goes, as I stated when I reviewed Gainsbourg's happy hour, this is where you take a soon-to-be-conquest and brunch time is no exception. The lighting is so low (and flattering) that I had trouble photographing the food at eleven in the morning, and as the house liquor is absinthe, the chances for engaging in a little post-brunch "afternoon delight" are fairly high. This place is super sexy, even before noon and if you can't close here, you, my friend, have no game. And...as always, Gainsbourg is kid-free, thank you very much.

What's Cooking: If you read Voracious at all, you know I love this place. When your favorite restaurant starts making your favorite meal, it's akin to the hottest dude you know joining your favorite band: it's almost too much and sets expectations sky high. Fortunately, Gainsbourg lived up to the hype. Forgoing the expected crepes other French-inspired spots fall back on, 'Le G' gives you Pain Perdu (lost bread, black rum custard, brown butter bananas, syrup and bacon, $9) and Beignets (served with cinnamon powdered sugar, house confiture, and salted caramel sauce, $7), which are not the chewy New Orleans style you might be familiar with, but more of a delicate, crispy shell. The Confit Duck (buttermilk crust, house confiture, paprika-cream gravy, eggs and potatoes, $14) is as greasily satisfying as any chicken-fried steak, and the house veggie "scrambled" for lack of a better term consists of red potato, beets, kale, fennel-mushroom gravy, and eggs ($10), and is one of the most savory vegetarian breakfast items I've ever had the pleasure to taste. There are also numerous sides like boar sausage and duck fat potatoes (both $5) that make for great bar nibbles if you'd like liquor to be the front man in your rock star brunch experience.

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