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Weekly Brunch: doing it with down-home bar flare

Weekly Brunch: doing it with down-home bar flare

March 29
09:39 2013

Courtney Garza

Staff Writer

Sweet Water Grill and Tavern has provided fresh, southern food for 17 years and adding brunch to their weekend menu has only made Dentonites even more content from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

With brunch specials like their signature, made-from-scratch Crab Eggs Benedict and Tex-Mex authentic migas, Sweet Water ensures weekly visits from locals. The $11.95 crab benedict is worth the money, with a mix of crab lump and claw meat, breadcrumbs, a hint of paprika, with a light peppery flavor topped with a perfectly poached egg with a side of sliced sourdough bread from local bakery, Ravelin’s, seasoned new potatoes, and sliced tomatoes and avocados for garnish.

The $7.95 migas with your choice of bacon, sausage, or vegetarian is sautéed with olive oil and tortillas until crispy with added pico de gallo, pickled jalapeno, folded eggs with cheese and cilantro with the signature sliced avocado and tomato for garnish. With their satisfying savory dishes, Sweet Water also has to provide the sweet factor with their $3 hard ciders from their bar available in pear or crisp apple to add a malty beer taste that will top off the morning meal. The Tavern supports its staff’s sweet contributions as bartender Deborah Shubnell makes seasonal jams such as her mixed berry with fresh blueberry and strawberry flavors that is complimentary to the sourdough bread.

“I’m thrilled they let me showcase my jams,” Shubnell said. “The owners are so welcoming and supportive with anyone, whether a new or old face comes in.”

Known for their friendly and comfortable factor, Sweet Water opened its doors to the Denton in 1996 when owner Jimmy Meredith turned the previous junk store into his own Texas-style bistro.

Giving Denton the spark it needed, Sweet Water was one of the first bar venues to hit the square, inviting locals to claim a seat and build a relationship that could last years, such as local Jill Marshall’s familiar face. Marshall started coming to the grill and tavern 15 out of the 17 years of its establishment to enjoy all of the elements that it has to offer.

“It’s like Denton’s ‘Cheers’,” Marshall said. “It’s nice to walk in a place where everyone knows you while being in a down-home, cozy, safe place to be.”

Owner Meredith prides the store and its growth in the community, while guests enjoy his integrated Tex-Mex inspired foods while always managing to keep the food fresh and the décor strengthened in Texas styles.

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