Durham, N.C. — Triangle music lovers can get in the mood for Moogfest (May 19-22) with a monthly "disco brunch" at The Durham Hotel in downtown Durham.
Creative cocktails, a pounding beat and bespangled guests make disco brunch different from any other Triangle brunch experience.
Even without a reservation, the wait wasn't long for a table for the February iteration.
An in-house DJ keeps the party pumping, and the crowded, high-ceilinged dining room can get loud.
Menu selections include disco donuts, steak and eggs entree, French toast, a big burger and a long list of Counterculture Coffees.
Drinks start at $5 and $6 for local craft brews and go up to the goldfish-bowl-sized Skatalite Punch, billed as shareable by four and served up with a ladle. Ingredients include rum, ginger, star anise, Prosecco and lime juice.
My Bloody Mary served as an adequate appetizer, with two curry shrimp joining olives on the toothpick. My friend chose the Air Mail, a combo of Prosecco, honey, fresh lime juice and rum.
For our entrees, we chose the Todo Bien, a baked dish of black beans, a soft-cooked egg, cheese and chiles, and the Hangtown Fry – oysters, scrambled eggs and hot sauce over toast. Portions were just right and ingredients were locally sourced -- with menu credits to Homeland Creamery, Carolina Ground and Anson Mills and Funny Girl Farm.
The service and vibe was laid back, with plenty of time to linger before and after the meal was served.
The Durham will host disco brunch every third Sunday (March 20, April 17, May 22) through the spring, and reservations are suggested.