Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Brunch at Tavern in the Square Lowell

There's a new place to imbibe in bacon bloody mary's and mimosas in Lowell. Tavern in the Square recently added another location at the Crosspoint towers, the new home to Kronos.  We've always been a fan of the Burlington location for Sunday brunch and decided to give the latest addition a try.

Sunday brunch buffet is offered between 10 AM and 1 PM for $19.99/adult and $9.99/child (not sure what age).  We arrived at 11:30 AM and the place was already buzzing.  There were ample seats inside as well as on the outdoor patio.  Since it was a hot summer day, we opted for the AC indoors.

There were a handful of mimosas, bloody mary, sangria and cocktails on the brunch drink menu.  Most of us opted for a bloody mary.  I did a combo mix and added bacon t mine. It tasted very good despite being light on the booze.

In addition to ordering drinks, there was also a self serve coffee and tea station that I thought was convenient, although I can see some people seeing this as cumbersome. There was an elderly woman trying to balance her plate and didn't know how to use the dispenser or know which packets where the sugar.

The brunch buffet area was kind of scattered.  Dessert station was on one end of the restaurant whereas the entrees, pastries and coffee were served between by the entrance of the patio areas.  There were the usual breakfast specialties, bacon, sausage, pancakes, potato, french toast, pastries, fruit & granola and of course egg, served many different ways.

There were two types of eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs and a "Made to order" omelet station.  The day's special was a pulled pork egg with a cheese sauce. At the table, there are cards to write your order and drop off in the box.  The omelet took a while to make and was just OK.  The pork was dry and the cheese was heavy.

In additional to breakfast, they had some heartier entrees like ribs, wings, salmon, rice and baked ziti. My favorite was the jasmine rice and miso salmon.

There was a carving station that served what appeared to be a sad piece of turkey breast. After 12, they brought out prime rib but we were already stuffed.

"carving station"
If you still had room for dessert, there were cannolis, brownies, whoopie pie, chocolate cake, cake pops and a DIY sundae bar.

I thought my brunch experience at Lowell Tavern in the Square was underwhelming.  I think they are still working out kinks and trying to figure things out.  I also think it's a great addition to the Lowell area and has great potential. I will definitely try it out again.  The food was dry and tasted old. I think it is best to arrive right when they open or wait until around noon when they start to refill the dishes with fresh entrees.

900 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA 01851

Sunday Brunch 10 AM - 1PM 
(Regular menu starts at noon)
$19.99/adult - $ 9.99/child