Bacon Hash, Blueberry Pancakes and BLD

I first developed my obsession with BLD (Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner) when my darling friend Jessica lived practically around the corner.  It's a lovely local hot spot that I believe deserves its hype — I recall actually eating there three times in one week ... a meal in each category, in fact (remember, I'm obsessive).

BLD is not only brilliantly literal, it's brilliantly conceived — open morning to night, they serve all three meals via three separate yet equally bountiful contemporary American menus.  I'm going to admit right now that while my almost-favorite dish is the Grilled Lamb Burger with feta cheese and tzatziki sauce from the dinner menu, my absolute-favorite is nearly everything on the breakfast menu (are you shocked?).

Jessica has since moved away from her BLD-adjacent bungalow, so it was a nostalgic treat to head back to BLD for a little Mary brunch this past Sunday.  I sat down with the intent to order the Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes with Berkshire maple syrup (my staple), but then tripped over the Breakfast Hash — a gorgeous mountain of fried eggs, bacon, shaved Yukon gold potatoes, bell peppers, onions, and hollandaise.

Torn, I naturally ordered both (obsessive and overindulgent).  The hash was exactly what I wanted that morning — smoky and sweet from the bacon and onions, creamy from the egg yolk and potato, and um ... healthy from the peppers, I guess.  Whatever.  It was perfect savory deliciousness.

But at the end of the day, all I really care about are the pancakes.  These pancakes.  These ... ridiculous ...  pancakes.  Huge and fluffy, light as air, uniquely tangy from the ricotta, bursting with sweetness from the blueberries, and perfectly soaked in real maple syrup served in a little log cabin tin can.  It's no wonder they're a favorite of Alex Guarnaschelli's, who dubbed them her best breakfast food on Best Thing I Ever Ate.

Alex, I hope I share a meal with you one day.  And I'll happily split the pancakes if you order the hash.  It worked for me and Jess.


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