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Harriman’s: An Exquisite Brunch at the Salamander Resort

Last week, I had the pleasure of staying at the Salamander Resort, and I had THE most relaxing experience there.  The food was great, and I especially enjoyed brunching at Harriman’s.  The interior and vibe were both on point – think rustic fine dining with impeccable service and a formal but unpretentious vibe.  The space was flooded with light, and they had a beautiful Christmas tree in the center.

monkey bread

To start, I got their monkey bread and their mixed berry trio.  The former came out warm with a side of honey so if you want to indulge your sweet tooth, get an order for your table.  They actually give you quite a bit so you’ll be able to share this with at least 3 people.

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The fresh fruit medley came with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and fresh mint straight from their garden.  The strawberries were exceptionally sweet.  In fact, so much so that it made me wonder if they added sugar to the mix.  I’ll have to ask them next time!

mixed berries

As for entrees, I got their shrimp & grits and their avocado toast.  Both were phenomenal, like best I’ve ever had phenomenal. To be honest, I’m always find myself a little disappointed when I get shrimp & grits at restaurants – something just tastes off to me, but this was incredible, and I was blown away on all fronts.  The grits had a coarser texture which I loved, and the dish was packed with bold flavors, but it wasn’t overly buttery or unbearably rich.

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shrimp and grits

I usually get avocado toast when I want something healthy, and a lot of places experiment with unique topping combinations.  However, I feel like it tastes best “basic”…except at Harriman’s.  They serve it with smashed avo, toad-in-the-hole (American style, not English), maitake mushroom, lime and a fried quail egg, and now I’m spoiled.

avocado toast

Words can’t even begin to express the nomness on this plate.  I was worried the bread was going to be too thick for the amount of avo spread, but it’s perfection even before the yolk’s broken inside.  They make their own bread daily so it’s pillowy soft with a nice flaky exterior.  Whether you want something healthy or hearty, this toast will undoubtedly satisfy.

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Harriman's avocado toast

Alright Nomsters, I hope you enjoyed reading about Harriman’s.  If you’re ever in the area, make sure to stop by to enjoy breakfast or dinner.  Middleburg’s known for their wineries so it’s definitely worth a visit, especially if you live in the DMV area.  Let me know if you have any questions, and to browse other Virginia recommendations, make sure to click this tab.  Until next time!

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