Tuesday, March 29, 2016

My Favorite Brunch and Bloody Mary: Fetch Bar & Grill

Fetch Bar & Grill
"In a perfect world, every dog would have a home and every home would have a dog." - Author Unknown

One of these days, I’ll write a post about some of the best places in the United States to raise a family if you’re a single dad. When I do, I’ll certainly include Warwick, New York where I and my family have lived since 2003. For now, though, I’ll highlight one of the many reasons the Village of Warwick is so awesome: the Sunday brunch at Fetch Bar & Grill.

A casual dining restaurant located on charming Main Street in Warwick, Fetch features a couple of great hooks. First, Fetch offers reservations for patrons
Adam Powers
and their dogs. Yes, dogs. Outdoor seating is, obviously seasonal, and preference for sidewalk dining is given to customers who want to bring along a canine companion. The staff even brings a bowl of water for man's (or woman's) best friend along with water glasses for the table and a basket of fresh French bread and raspberry butter. The second is the surprisingly scrumptious and reasonably priced menu offerings created by celebrity/chef/owner and New York Restaurant School alumnus, Adam Powers, who’s plied his trade at the likes of The Rainbow Room, for Broadway openings and nightclub parties at Studio 54, Xenon, The Underground, and The Roxy, and was featured on an episode of Food Network's Chopped.

"Abby" by Tom Hedderich
The first thing you’ll notice as you walk through the double doors into the dining room is the dog theme. Believe me, when you’re seated at your table, you’re far from a trip to the “dog house.” Themed photography and original paintings from artists such as Jody Whitsell and the award-winning watercolor artist Tom Hedderich decorate almost every inch of the walls, while the eclectic menu offers new takes on American bistro fare. I’d like to talk about the Philly Cheese Steak Eggrolls, the Turkey Pot (which is an entire Thanksgiving dinner in a crock bowl), and the Cracked Black Pepper Crusted Yellowfin Tuna included on the dinner menu, but this post is about the brunch.

While a Homemade Granola, Eggs Florentine, and Smoked Salmon Benedict are great choices, I have a couple of favorites. First of all and the flat-out truth, Fetch's Buttermilk Pancakes are the best pancakes I’ve ever tasted. I’m one of those guys who tries to keep my carbohydrate intake down as my age goes up, but these flapjacks are worth the cheat. Light inside, crispy outside, and sweet all over, Adam has found the magical formula for griddle cakes. My son, aka The Favorite Son, won’t order anything else to complement his Shirley Temple. When I’m not carb-cheating, my favorite brunch is either the Caesar Salad or the Wedge Salad followed by the Smoked Salmon Scramble, which are eggs scrambled fluffy with cream cheese and lox, although I prefer the lox on the side.

Smoked Salmon Bagel
No Sunday brunch is be complete without a Mimosa or a Bloody Mary, both of which are featured on the menu. However, Fetch’s Bloody Mary is definitely one of the best I’ve had. What’s in it? Well, frankly, I don’t know. Adam’s concoction is pre-mixed, so the bartenders just has to add your favorite vodka. The worst news I’ve heard at Fetch once after ordering a Bloody Mary for me and my date was, “We’re out of Bloody Mary mix and Adam’s not here.”

Fortunately, that’s the only bad news I’ve had from my many Fetch experiences with the possible exception of, “There’s a 40-minute wait for a table.” Call ahead. You won’t have to look too far to say, “Hello,” to Adam. Very likely, he’ll come to your table, thank you for stopping in, and make sure you’re enjoying your meal. When he asks, your answer will be an easy one. “Yes.”

Fetch Bar & Grill
48 Main Street
Warwick, New York 10990