Da Levee (Facebook / T: @daleveecajun / IG: @daleveeonhigh)
765 N. High St. (map it!)
Columbus, OH 43215
Open Mon-Thurs, 11a-10p; Fri & Sat, 11a-1a; Sun, 12-7p (brunch served Sunday, 12-7p)
Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free? Y/N/Y
When I heard a couple months back that Da Levee was experimenting with a Sunday brunch, I pitched writing about it for the Dispatch; you can read my review of it here.
I have a soft spot for Cajun/Creole food, and have visited Da Levee many times before (but not often enough, I think), so adding brunch to the mix is an easy sell for me.
Right now, the brunch (it’s just served on Sundays) is kept pretty simple. It’s a small menu added to their regular lunch/dinner offerings, fronted mainly by the Cajun Breakfast and hot coffee from One Line.
They also run a special on their Blood of Mary cocktail during the weekends.
The Blood of Mary is pretty thick as far as Bloody Marys go, because it’s based on a roux. But if you let the ice melt a bit, it’s easily drinkable and packs a soft little punch.
The Cajun Breakfast is a gorgeous platter mixing crawfish etouffee over rice, sliced and grilled andouille sausage, two peppered fried eggs, and a piece of Magic Bread.
I just stopped and admired when they laid the plate in front of me. It was a thing of beauty. It’s hearty and filling and well seasoned. The egg yolks are left runny enough so you can break them over the sausage or etouffee, then dip the Magic Bread in the whole mess.
The thing to keep an eye out for is the Sunday brunch specials. I’ve seen them range from a Bayou Brunch Bowl combining maque choux and jambalaya with eggs to a dish with andouille sausage gravy. On our last visit they were serving a brisket breakfast hash.
The colorful hash combined smoked brisket with sauteed veggies, potatoes, and an over easy egg.
You know the drill: crack that yolk.
The potatoes and hash were very soft, too, so the whole thing mixed together quite well.
And if you or any of your dining companions don’t want brunch, the whole menu is available, from the jambalaya to the gumbo to the po’boys and po’rittos (a personal favorite of mine).
If you love Da Levee, Cajun/Creole cooking, a hearty brunch, or all of the above, get yourself to their Sunday brunch soon!
Disclaimer: this meal was paid for as part of a Columbus Dispatch review. Photos and opinions are my own.