Brunch Ups: Perla’s Seafood and Oyster Bar

With football season, music festivals, and other ongoings, chances are you’ve got a spare bedroom full of guests every weekend. No matter what draws these friends to town, there is a good chance that at some point, an epic brunch will be in order. When the inevitable question of where to eat is posed, there are a few go-to staples that always fit the bill. One of these places is perennial favorite Perla’s Seafood & Oyster Bar. While champagne and oysters certainly come with a higher price tag then, say, a breakfast taco, its location, atmosphere, and solid menu of brunch favorites makes Perla’s a worthwhile investment.

Salt and Jalapeno Pepper Calamari - $14

Salt and Jalapeno Pepper Calamari – $14

Whether playing tour guide or merely recovering from a long weekend, Perla’s bright, Carolina-inspired patio overlooking South Congress Avenue is a perfect spot to press the reset button with a glass of bubbly or ambitious brunch cocktail like the Caeser or appropriately named Corpse Reviver.

Though at $18/half dozen Perla’s oyster menu is pricey, it’s also too hard for me to avoid. With a daily selection of about 10 varieties from both the West and East coasts, Perla’s has one of the best oyster programs in town. Each cold half dozen order is served on the half shell along with fresh horseradish, spicy cocktail sauce and mignonette. If raw oysters feel like an overly aggressive way to start the morning, I’d recommend starting with some fried goodness in the way of salt and jalapeno pepper calamari or cornmeal crusted okra.

Shrimp Po-Boy - $14

Shrimp Po-Boy – $14

Perla’s expansive menu of sandwiches and brunch options means choosing what to order is no easy feat. While it’s hard to go wrong, the Lobster Omelette, Breakfast Crab Cake, and Shrimp Po-Boy are a few standouts that rarely miss the mark. For a lighter option, try a hearty, robust bowl of Manhattan clam chowder or bay scallop pozole verde.

Manhattan Clam Chowder - $10

Manhattan Clam Chowder – $10

Finally, since you’re already going big at brunch, might as well finish strong by ordering Perla’s Salted Butterscotch Pots de Crème. The balance of salt, creamy caramel sweetness, and crunchy cookie makes this dessert one of my favorites in town.

Salted Butterscotch Pots de Crème - $8

Salted Butterscotch Pots de Crème – $8

Perla’s Seafood & Oyster Bar (1400 S. Congress Avenue) serves brunch Saturday and Sunday from 11am-2:30pm.

Breakfast Crab Cake - $20

Breakfast Crab Cake – $20

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