Given the chance to review my favorite local brunch spot, I quickly chose the Dancing Fox Winery and Bakery — which is odd for me, since I’d never been there for brunch.
I’ve been for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and never had a bad meal, so I assumed there was no reason brunch wouldn’t be just as delightful — and my assumption was right.
With a noontime reservation we had plenty of time to develop a decent appetite before going, which was also a good idea. The food was plentiful and delicious.
The menu was typical of many brunch destinations, the draw here being the local and sustainable offerings. We hit the omelet station first and chose our ingredients (all fresh and beautifully displayed) with a consummate pro working the pans. While I chose ham, cheese and onions, my companion chose spinach, mushrooms, sausage, tomatoes and cheddar in a scramble that nicely filled the plate. As expected, the eggs turned out perfectly. Our guy knew his stuff.
Across the room on the counter was displayed the other delicacies: Eggs Benedict, sausage, bacon, Belgian waffles and a sweet array of breads and muffins. A large platter of fruit (melons, grapes, blueberries — fresh and lovely) was available for a light touch. The buffet items were kept replenished and hot, even at the end of the brunch shift. A changing sampling of desserts is available on the same counter: Peanut Butter Pie was offered at one point, with Lavender Lemon Pie on deck, for when we were ready for something sweet. It was light, creamy and perfect.
While we opted for juice with our meal, they also offer champagne or mimosas. Carafes of orange juice and lemonade stood nearby for self-service. From previous visits, I’ve learned that their lattés and cappuccinos hit the spot as well.
What all of this led to was a delicious, fresh and filling brunch that was well presented by the friendly wait staff. The atmosphere is unbeatable with the heavy antique furniture and old-world accents. If you’ve got the time after your meal, wander into the wine tasting room and spend some time tasting their signature wines. The service is and always has been top-notch at the Dancing Fox, and I recommend any meal here.
Do make reservations, especially during the busy warm months that bring folks out to Downtown Lodi.