The Liberty Elm is another one of those places (of many) that I have been wanting to get to ever since it has opened- and ever since I've seen pictures of its delicious food popping up on flickr all the time!
We managed to get there on a Sunday morning- and JUST beat the morning rush. We were seated promptly at a booth at the window, but had to wait a while to get served. If you're going anywhere for a Sunday brunch (especially any place small that fits a couple dozen or so people) you just have to be willing to make it leisurely. And we were, as long as we had some coffee sitting in front of us. Sunday's, while a crapshoot on the wait, are a great place at The Liberty Elm because they have a live bluegrass band that rocks all afternoon.
I was actually in the mood for lunch when we arrived, so I had a bowl of their vegetarian lentil soup that they serve with foccacia (they have two soups that change daily- a veggie and a meat):
And a beautiful slice of veggie pizza:
I really liked the consistency of the soup. Sometimes, lentil soups can be really thick and heavy (which is not what I'm usually looking for in the middle of the day) but this was brothy and light. I do think it needed a little more spice, but other than that, it hit the spot on the cold rainy day. The pizza was fantastic. The crust was hearty, but not too thick and doughy, the sauce was very flavorful and the taste of fresh tomatoes was apparent, and there was the perfect amount of cheese. It was a great compliment to my soup.
Andy felt like breakfast so he had a ham, cheese, and broccoli omelette and a side pancake:
Andy thought the omelette was just average. Everything- including the toast- came out pretty soggy, but, in Andy's words "I don't want to be unnecessarily negative, it just wasn't my style. I like my omelette to be a little bit crispier." But the pancake, we both agreed, was excellent. It was fluffy, not to heavy, and served nice and piping hot. Next time, I think I'm going to order a big stack of them!