Chef and owner Matt O’Neil of Ledger, a progressive new restaurant located in the heart of downtown Salem, in conjunction with executive chef Daniel Gursha, chef de cuisine Craig White, and pastry chef Michelle Boland, is excited to bring Sunday Brunch to the neighborhood beginning Sunday, September 17. Available weekly from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Ledger’s brunch menu remains true to the restaurant’s mission of serving New England-inspired dishes elevated by today’s resources and culinary techniques.
Knowing no brunch is complete without freshly-baked pasties, pastry Chef Boland will serve an array of decadent, fresh-from-the-oven-treats like gooey Cinnamon Rolls, warm Banana Bread, and the oh-so-famous “Jordan Marsh” Blueberry Muffins, along with a rotating selection of homemade Donuts that are guaranteed to please kids and every adult’s inner child, alike. For those looking to balance their sweets intake with dishes that “lean light,” Ledger’s Parfait (housemade yogurt, granola, macerated berries, Morningwood bacon) $9, Farm Salad (local lettuce, fennel, radish, farm cucumbers, tomato, green goddess dressing) $10, and crisp Cucumber Salad (farm cucumbers, Narragansett feta, shallot, herbs) $7, serve as the perfect complementary course.
Ranging in price from $11 to $24, Ledger’s heartiest brunch dishes consist of evolutions and riffs on famous classics, with highlights including Banana Bread “Foie-sters” (griddled banana bread, rum caramel sauce, seared bananas, and house-made foie gras butter), Fluffernutter French Toast (thick cut brioche, house-made “fluff,” peanut butter, and Morningwood bacon), Chicken and Waffles (buttermilk fried chicken, corn waffles, green chile butter, honey hot sauce, pickles), House-Cured Pastrami Hash (hot-smoked Creekstone brisket, fried egg, Sparrow Arc breakfast potatoes), Prime Skirt Steak Frites (green pepper & sunflower relish, two fried eggs, Sparrow Arc breakfast potatoes), and a baked-to-order Buttermilk Pancake (candied nuts, crème fraiche, Morningwood maple, and macerated fresh fruit) $12.
For those who prefer to put knives and forks aside, a hunger-quelling quartet of brunch sandwiches consisting of a mouthwatering Breakfast Burger (North Country bacon, fried egg, cheddar, smoked hollandaise, brioche bun) $19, mammoth EBLGT (fried egg, North Country bacon, farm lettuce, fried green tomato, aioli, brioche) $11, Open-Face English Muffin (Ducktrap smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, chiles, red onion, farm greens (+$10 for caviar) $15, and Sausage and Biscuits (housemade breakfast sausage, buttermilk biscuit, scrambled egg, sweet pepper) $14, all accompanied by crispy Sparrow Arc breakfast potatoes and a tangy dill pickle spear, will be served.
Brunch cocktails crafted from fine spirits, mixers, spices, and herbs include the must-try 22 oz. Bloody Mary, (secret recipe) along with the easily-sipped Apple Pie Mimosa (French vanilla vodka, caramel, apple cider, prosecco), Banana Bread (caramel-infused vodka, banana liqueur, Frangelico, cream, cinnamon pecan rim), Not Your Average Mimosa (orange-infused vodka, orange juice, bitters, champagne) Sunrise On Washington (grapefruit vodka, Aperol, champagne), and refreshing Paloma (platinum tequila, lime, grapefruit soda, salt rim), along with a duo of Red and White Sangrias.
Ledger’s signature Raw Bar Towers – available in Silver ($38), Gold ($72), and Platinum ($95) levels, featuring a local selection of oysters, clams, shrimp and house-smoked seafood, will also be available.