“Served shamefully.” This is the last sentence in the description of one of Hollow Cow’s brunch cocktails, the Hare of the Dog. Ingredients: one shot of Fernet, one small glass of an IPA and one menthol cigarette. I don’t smoke menthols (or any cigs, really), but you better believe I had one of these for the sake of being able to provide a thorough review for Brunch Club. That’s how much I care. More on that below.
Hollow Cow is in Cow Hollow (duh) at Union and Laguna, located in the space that was formerly Lighting (RIP). As of now, it’s still pretty new, and it looks it, with a lot of wood and exposed brick in the inside and a covered patio out back with a lot of natural light. The music is fairly loud (but it’s the good stuff – 90s/2000s classics), and there are plenty of TVs both inside and out if you want to watch a game while you brunch.
$25 for bottomless mimosas with no time limit. Instead of making the mimosas and bringing them out, they just serve ice buckets with champagne and a small carafe of orange juice, which is objectively the best way to serve mimosas.
The menu at Hollow Cow is fantastic – much better than what Lightning served when they were here. A few highlights:
- Pork and grits – This was actually my second choice after being told they were out of chicken and waffles, but it was definitely the best thing at our table. The pork belly was nicely fatty and very tender, the grits were very flavorful and the poached egg on top was a great addition.
- Short rib hash – A pretty traditional hash dish, but notable because the short ribs were perfectly tender and sweet.
- Steak breakfast burrito – Nothing too different from the usual breakfast burrito except that they use prime rib, which really works.
I was devastated to hear that they were out of menthols for the aforementioned Hare of the Dog. One of the servers, though, was kind enough to pull out one of his personal cigarettes to complete the cocktail. That’s service for you. Bottles of champagne also came out quickly, as did the food.
Top notch drinks, food and service – Hollow Cow brunch may be relatively new, but it was clearly designed by folks who know what they’re doing. The only minor knock is that it’s a bit pricier than some other brunch places (came to about $55 per person for bottomless drinks and an entree for each of us), but this is very much a case where you get what you pay for.