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RESTAURANT REVIEW BY CLAY
After turning away from Marche because of a 45 minute wait I ventured around the corner to Mad Donnas for brunch on a rainy Sunday morning. I had driven by this east Nashville location several times, and from first appearances it looks like a neighborhood dive bar. While it may be a great nighttime dive bar, the brunch menu and weekly happy hour/dinner specials are quite impressive too. Add to that the fact that there was no wait, and I was happy to give Mad Donna’s a try.
This was my second breakfast/brunch of the weekend, having breakfasted at Le Peep the day before. The menu is smaller than at Le Peep, but the options sounded just as delicious, and the atmosphere was more eclectic and unique than Le Peep. I settled on the “create your own” bloody mary bar and the Chorzio Hash (they also have 2 for 1 mimosas on Sundays). The bloody mary bar had plenty of options, and the mix was good. I didn’t order OJ, but my brunch companions said that it was no where near as good as the fresh squeezed juice at Le Peep. When my meal arrived I was excited at what looked like perfectly cooked fried eggs over a bed of rosemary potatoes and chorizo with a side of sweet potato fries (yes, two types of spuds on this plate- I substituted the side salad for sweet potatoes, I can’t resist!). I immediately dove into the sweet potato fries which were delicious and perfectly cooked. Then I turned to the Chorzio Hash. I was right, the eggs were perfect, and the potatoes were delicious as well. However, for a dish called “Chorizo Hash”, it was definitely lacking on the chorizo. I hadn’t even tasted any chorizo until I was halfway through the portion, and even then there were only a few bites of the (delicious) sausage. I would have also liked to see some additional ingredients in the dish, perhaps onion, celery, or green onion to just add a bit of flavor to the offering, especially in light of the lack of chorizo.
My dining companions had a spinach, artichoke and onion omelet which looked pretty tasty (I would have gone w/o the artichoke) and “The Big Don” which was a delicious breakfast sandwich stuffed between two thick pieces of freshly prepared bread, lightly griddle toasted. The sauce on this sandwich added just the right flavor, as it was a very hollandaise like sauce- reminding me almost of an eggs benedict on french toast (without the cinnamon sugar) sandwich.
Because eating healthy is reserved for Monday through Friday (ok, Thursday) we finished the meal with an order of beingets which were (as the menu described) actually mini funnel cakes served with some fruit preserves. These were lovely and a great way to end the meal.
Overall, I would definitely return to Mad Donnas for brunch, Taco Tuesday, Wing Wednesday, or Burger and a Beer Thursday. The service was good, the prices right, the menu varied, and the food definitely above average.