It can be stressful when the indecisive (read: this writer) is faced with Kenny & Ziggy’s voluminous menu.
I very much enjoy spending minute after minute after minute perusing all my options, weighing their respective various merits against each other, narrowing down the major candidates, making a decision, second-guessing that choice, deciding on something else, reverting back to my original choice, then finally ordering.
But as you can imagine, that process is enjoyed far less by my surrounding dining companions.
My new strategy for dining at K&Z, and specifically in light of its recent introduction of even more breakfast offerings, is to go only with very patient, very hungry people and share multiple items as to minimize annoyance and prevent order regret. My recent test of this strategy proved successful, for not only were my dining companions still speaking to me at the conclusion of the meal, but I also was able to identify at least three new go-to dishes on K&Z’s morning menu: the New York blueberry cheesecake pancakes, Budapest benny, and the formidable schnitzel and waffle tower.
I’m still in shock about the blueberry cheesecake pancakes. Call me crazy, but I generally don’t like blueberries, let alone any food that involves them. I find most blueberries mealy and underripe; the most expedient way to ruin my bowl of cereal is to garnish it with a “helpful” handful of blueberries.
However, stranger things have happened, and not just on Netflix, because I was surprisingly smitten with the fluffy flapjacks laced with cobalt-colored berries bursting with sweetness. Toppings of buttery streusel, cheesecake cream, and fruit syrup added richness, though truth be told, I would have been just as happy with the plain pancakes proper.
On another plane, literally, is the schnitzel and waffle tower, nearly a foot-tall tier of alternating layers of thinly-pounded chicken battered in panko crumbs, thick strips of well-marbled bacon, and buttermilk waffles. To further emphasize the sweet and savory combination, the tower is dressed with crispy onion strings, powdered sugar, and maple syrup. (Pro tip: remove the vertical skewer first before attempting to dismantle the tower.)
In contrast to blueberries, I never met an eggs Benedict I didn’t like. This is not to say all Benedicts are created equal, for I vastly prefer K&Z’s Budapest benny to other varieties. An edible homage to Gruber’s Hungarian heritage, the benny pairs over-sized poached eggs with Hollandaise and fragrant goulash redolent of smoked paprika on toasted English muffins. A guest appearance by those addictive crispy onion strings probably established this entree as my favorite of the three.
All of the aforementioned new dishes are available every Monday through Friday until 11 a.m. and every Saturday and Sunday until 2 p.m.
And though K&Z isn't known for being a liquid lunch spot, I recommend pairing your pancakes or poached eggs with one of their new cocktails, such as the K&Z signature schmojito ($8.95), made with mint simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and a wine-based vodka, or the deli mary ($8) garnished with salami and a celery stick.