UPDATE: In the days between going to Full Circle Tavern for this review and its publishing, the restaurant has announced it is closed after eight years of business.
Over the summer, Full Circle Tavern made the move from the Cedars to Lakewood, taking over a space that some of us remember as Angelo’s but was more recently the Ginger Man.
And with that move came a new brunch spot for the neighborhood, one that offers decent gravy but little creativity.
“It’s not ruby red,” our server said when we verified the juice.
The pale yellow had us thinking of that little blue and yellow can that for some reason places keep stocked. It also destroyed the Grey Goose we upgraded for this drink. And considering that improvement, the drink went from $3.50 to $10, and that’s just heinous.
That’s the same price as the signature cocktails, which include a sweet sounding stash tickler: Grand Marnier, mango puree and peach Schnapps topped with Champagne.
On the food side are some breakfast tacos ($9.99), baked French toast ($10.99) and a crabs Benedict ($14.99).
The gravy here has a nice heat and makes anything it tops better (even though these simple potato cubes are perfectly fine). The bacon is sweet, the sausage was nearly negligible, but the biscuit was homemade.
It reassures that the biscuits-and-gravy plate is a solid choice if one wants to return ($8.99).
Returning isn’t on our calendar for now, though.
One of the two eggs was over-medium, the way we ordered (a mistake we unfortunately can’t hold against this place too much, because this is apparently a difficult task in town). The mayonnaise is interesting enough but doesn’t save the sandwich that needed salt and pepper. Time should be taken to season eggs. Always.
It’s a basic brunch. Chicken and waffles are also expectedly listed ($12.99), but nothing shines out as being exciting. In a town where every restaurateur and their mom wants to have brunch, we need a little more to have us return.
It’s a beautiful space, one that should be where you’d like to have a few brunch cocktails. If Full Circle incorporates a few special items onto the menu and improves some staff training, maybe this can be a spot we’d return for brunch. Until then, we’ll go elsewhere.
Full Circle Tavern, 6341 La Vista Drive (Lakewood)