Shirred Tofu at Local 44

Local 44 has a great beer selection, but in the past, I found their menu a lacking – a little too bar munchie. While they still sway towards comfort food, they’ve really upped their meal game, and like the other restaurants owned by this duo (Resurrection Ale House, Memphis Taproom) there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. AND a dedicated brunch menu – hurray!

As an avowed egg lover who usually follows my own golden brunch rule (eggy, spicy, fatty), I hesitate to order tofu for brunch. It’s not tofu’s fault – oh no – but too many restaurants throw together a poorly seasoned, dry and disappointing tofu scramble in a misguided effort to appease their vegan customers. No thanks. But the description for the shirred tofu sounded intriguing: Garlic tofu, sautéed spinach, mornay sauce, roasted potatoes and toast.

Would it be rich enough? Exciting enough? Worth the $9? Yep. This is one seriously delicious breakfast dish, topped with crunchy breadcrumbs and served with a pile of greens. Local 44, I no longer doubt your tofubility.

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