Tuesday, November 30, 2010

breakfast in provo

Provo, I have some exciting news for you.

Our city's finest restaurant is now open for breakfast, starting TODAY.

Last Saturday I was privileged to attend a preview breakfast at communal (did you know that communal is my favorite? It is.), and it was a wonderful experience. Chef Colton Soelberg welcomed our group by sharing his feelings and excitement for this new endeavor. It turns out that Colton started out cooking breakfast at a li'l place called Sundance (ever heard of it?), and now has "come full circle" as communal opens its doors each Tuesday through Friday, 7:30-10:30 a.m. (Saturday brunch hours: 8:am-1:pm).



breakfast menu

Housemade Granola served with Winder Farms Milk and Clifford Farms Honey (which honey is my family's favorite), rounded out with delicious Greek Yogurt

Steel-cut oatmeal with dried bananas and brown sugar (just the sugar for me, thanks)

Saturday's daily pastry was a blueberry muffin - sweet and delicious. That syrup and butter are the perfect accompaniment for:

The french toast with spiced apples. As I tasted this, all I could think about was how much my kids would enjoy it.

If I had to choose a favorite, it would be the biscuits and gravy. I didn't know it was possible for this dish to be light, but in addition to the gravy being perfectly seasoned, I didn't feel overly full after eating it. I will be ordering this again and again, and savoring every bite.

The omelet with herbs and creme fraiche, and homefries. At first glance of the menu, this is what I would have ordered, sight unseen. The omelet was perfectly light and tasty.

Housemade sausage. (Not my favorite. I don't do sausage.)

I don't know how they do it, but the geniuses at communal make their bacon taste like candy. Everybody wants some.

Baked Clifford Farms Eggs with Tomato and Chorizo. I think my husband would love this dish.

Steak and Clifford Farms Eggs with Salsa Verde. Wow. WOW. Mas, por favor.

I also enjoyed a fine cup of Drinking Chocolate, which had the perfect balance of sweet and bitter. And - AND! - the juice (I had grapefruit) is served as an actual serving that one would enjoy at breakfast, which is to say, not served in a shot glass. (pet peeve: going to breakfast, ordering juice, and paying for a teensy tiny glass-full. It's not the sacrament, it's breakfast. I'm thirsty. Thank you, communal, for giving me the grown-up sized drink.)

You'd like to try this new breakfast menu, wouldn't you? Enjoy Provo's bright, natural morning light through communal's windows as you prepare for a day of holiday shopping? Take a break from The Busy Season to meet up with your friends for breakfast while the kids are at school?

Mmmkay.

Leave a comment telling me something you love about breakfast and you're entered to win a $25 gift certificate from communal.

Thanks, communal. Thanks, Heirloom Restaurant Group. Thanks, Provo.

42 comments:

The redhead said...

This all looks divine. I've been meaning to check out communal.

And I like breakfast because the food is usually simple but tasty.

Plus the smell of bacon reminds me of my grandma in the kitchen in the mornings.

dalene said...

My son used to work for Clifford Farms and I actually get my feed for my own chickens from Julie.

What I love about breakfast is fresh eggs. I like to start off my day with some protein. My chickens are moulting at the moment. So I would love to see what Communal can do with some fresh Clifford Farms eggs.

Emily said...

Breakfast: I love not making it.

Dixie Mom said...

Aw, how come I didn't get to eat there last week! Looks divine!

La Yen said...

I love breakfast because I love bacon.

Kacy said...

I love salty things for breakfast.

Mrs. Organic said...

The best thing about breakfast (and I don't mean cereal) is starting your day with a full tummy and all those heavenly smells.

Gerb said...

I love breakfast the most when someone else makes it for me. And man, do those dishes look delicious! I'm going to be thinking about bacon all day after seeing that picture.

Kristina P. said...

I do love breakfast food, but I rarely eat breakfast unless I'm eating out.

That french toast looks like The Hoff of breakfast food.

Amy Hunter said...

Breakfast? I'll take mine in bed please.

Erin said...

I love breakfast when I have fruit. Blackberries in cream of wheat is my best friend.

The Lewis Family said...

I love being able to eat breakfast :) And soon will be again ( when prego I have to like force feed myself breakfast, so sad :( )

~C

Jen said...

I love breakfast as long as I don't have to eat it too early. It's even better when someone else is making it. I really wanna try that bacon and the biscuits and gravy...mmmmmm....bacon (imagine that said like Homer Simpson--it's so much better that way)

Living the Scream said...

I don't eat breakfast often because I am usually rounding up everyone to get ready for the day. When I do eat it I love Sausage and hash browns!

Rynell said...

I like breakfast because it likes me.

Rachel said...

I like breakfast after I've chased the kids off to school (except for the littlest) and can take a few minutes to eat something grown up and savory. It's a late breakfast, but it's always just my choice. I don't have to cater to anyone else. :)

MediocreMama said...

I love breakfast because it's the only meal a day I get to eat with my husband.

And we've been wanting a date at Communal for a long time now...

Logan said...

I LOVE breakfast, because growing up my mom would surprise us every now and then with a massive breakfast-for-dinner feast! I have carried that tradition into my marriage, and my husband loves when I make him what he calls "brinner". I also am way more adventurous with my breakfast foods than other foods. I love trying new recipes like lemon ricotta pancakes and pumpkin spice french toast. Every year on Christmas morning, Dave and I make a bacon weave roll too (pretty much a ton of bacon woven together, then rolled around cheesy scrambled eggs). It's always a big hit!

Have I convinced you enough yet of how much I LOVE BREAKFAST?! :)

Emily said...

I love that breakfast makes the perfect dinner too!

Brooke said...

Communal sounds divine!!

What I love most about breakfast is bacon! (and chorizo too!)

Going to have to try this place out!! :o)

lisa said...

There is nothing that I DON"T like about breakfast! I love it all! And that looks particularly tasty!

Queen Scarlett said...

Breakfast rules, 'nuff said.

Ixchelle said...

I love me some Grapenuts covered in Honey. Oh ya!!!! I also love me some kids, around the table, in their pajams eating their big bowls of cereal.

Jessica W said...

I love that when I start breakfast, I'm usually grumpy and tired, but by the end I'm somehow happy and fulfilled. Food is amazing.

Lisa said...

I love how breakfast can warm you up on any given day (I'm not a cereal kind of gal).

Kim said...

It sounds boring but I love oatmeal for breakfast (and often for lunch!) with pecans, dried cranberries, applesauce and a little brown sugar mixed in.

Emily said...

Your pics are great!

I love starting the day with something warm and slightly sweet...even better if I'm still in comfy pj's during the winter--but I'd be happy to get dressed to visit Communal. Thanks!

Bonnie said...

I love breakfast...starting the day out fresh again with the opportunity of new experiences and possibilities ahead. Always better than the dreaded "dinner hour" when I realize how much I didn't get done.

Simon said...

I love taking the time to actually wake up before I have to start working on anything important. Plus, I love Communal.

Kemp Kuties said...

Whenever we go out for breakfast, I always, always order French Toast. The pic of the french toast w/apples made me gleek (sp?). Yummy

Camille said...

I would take one of everything, but if I had to narrow it down, I'd order the french toast - and the candy bacon!

Sunny said...

Breakfast is the perfect meal any time of day. It is comfort food at it’s finest. It’s easy on a hot summer day, warm and soothing on a cold winter evening. Give me french toast and bacon over fancier fare anytime!

Steph said...

If I don't win I am going to cry or something.

girlsmama said...

Breakfast is the best part of my day.

vanessa said...

I love breakfast because my hubby always makes it and makes it YUMMY. we want to try this place so bad!!

Alli Easley said...

Do you know what I love about breakfast? Oh like forty trillion things but what I love the most, what with having 6 kids and all, is the fact that I can make a big one for cheap, that tastes like heaven in my house, and it fills up my family til dinner. That means no lunch mess. Breakfast is my baby-daddy, but don't tell my bishop.

The end.

Hillary said...

breakfast is my favorite meal. everything is so hearty and feels so fulfilling after not eating for like 12 hours!

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Jennette said...

Communal just keeps getting better and better, don't it!

amanda said...

looks delicious!!!!!

Cherloo said...

I love how you can have such a variety of flavors with breakfast from sweet to savory!!
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Melissa LeVesque said...

I love breakfast because it's the only meal you can make at any time of the day and have it seem like a delicious idea.

I wake up craving cereal every day. But all the pictures you took look incredible.

But I'm too far away from Provo to taste them. Airfare would dramatically increase the cost of my enjoying such a breakfast.

Jamie said...

I love how comforting breakfast is. yummy...food.