Decadent brunch is everything you want it to be

Its awning still reflects the name of its previous incarnation, but a much more visible sign removes any question about who now resides there. The Sinful Kitchen on Brighton Ave., opened two years ago, serves brunch six hours per day (8-2) seven days per week. A little too close to Westbrook to be convenient, we figured it would be worth the trip anyhow to try someplace new. When we got there, we were at the mercy of those who had actually made reservations.

After a short wait, we were informed there was a single table left by the kitchen and were promptly seated. Mrs. Portlandeater and I both considered a beverage, taking a close look at the Mimosa and Bloody Marys since it was a little too early for whiskey. Instead, we kept it classy by ordering twin Nitro Cold Brew coffees which arrived in Mason jars.

The menu was impressive in both its variety and unique offerings. I first noticed the El Diablo Omelet – jalapenos, ghost pepper chesse, and side of ghost pepper sausage. I did want to try it, but just in case the warning below it was accurate, I passed. It wasn’t just too early for whiskey; it was also too early for burning mouth.

Another incredibly tempting option was the Peanut Butter Cup Waffle with chopped Reese’s, chocolate and peanut butter sauces and whipped cream. That sounded like the best dessert/brunch ever, but I really wanted to avoid something so sugary sweet. A specials menu offered Lobster Poutine, Braised Brisket Omelet, and Chorizo Hash which all would have been excellent choices.

My final selection was the Braised Brisket Omelet – tender beef brisket, roasted red peppers, sauteed onions and mushrooms, and Swiss cheese, with home fries and English muffin. She ordered the Egg White Scramble – egg whites, turkey sausage, peppers, onions, mushrooms, baby spinach, and parmesan cheese, with home fries and wheat toast. She held the cheese, which I thought to be a poor choice.

As we were waiting for our food we saw the peanut butter cup waffle ready in the server pick-up area. It looked like everything I expected and was pure peanut butter art. It ended up in front of a child at a table near us who asked for syrup, received it, and then promptly sent it back because the waffle was already sweet enough without. I was a tad jealous.

Our food arrived just as my coffee jitters started. My omelet looked a little thin at first glance, but brisket and veggies were peeking out of it. The potatoes appeared to be perfectly grilled and my English was crispy. My wife’s scramble was sizable and full of color. I took a large bite of the omelet and was thrilled. The lean brisket was plentiful as were the veggies and cheese. It was both hearty, tasty, and well balanced.

I tried the potatoes which were indeed brilliantly prepared including a top notch seasoning. I blended some ketchup and sriracha for them which gave the few I dipped in a little extra kick. My wife enjoyed her egg mass and even left me a few taters at the end which I was happy to consume. We finished our food and requested the bill.

Our total came to about $37 before tip. We thought it to be a great breakfast and with all the interesting items on the menu, I look forward to going back a bunch more and trying some of their other great options. It doesn’t matter whether you like sweet, savory, or spicy, The Sinful Kitchen has something that will certainly please you. I’m so glad I finally got to experience it for myself.

906 Brighton Ave.

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