Feels Like Homemade

Feels Like Homemade

Two Brothers Kitchen is one of a kind

Story and photo by Niki D’Andrea

You don’t often find a true neighborhood diner in a town as young as Anthem, but there it is: Two Brothers Kitchen, which has been feeding satisfied locals since 2012.

The menu here is breakfast and lunch comfort food, not unlike what one finds at a Denny’s. The difference between Two Brothers Kitchen and Denny’s is that Two Brothers is a family-owned business in a tight-knit community; most locals are on a first-name basis with the servers here. The food is dependable and good, bereft of any culinary risks (you won’t find any foams, fancy ingredients or coulis in these dishes).

Breakfast is the bigger draw of Two Brothers’ two meal times. The French toast is popular – spongy Vienna bread dripped in Two Brothers’ homemade batter (brown sugar, pure vanilla and cinnamon), sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with either cinnamon apples or blueberry compote.

Another solid day-starter is the traditional “Basic American Breakfast” with two eggs prepared to order, country potatoes, and choice of English muffin or toast. There are five varieties of eggs Benedict (including a Mediterranean Veggie Benedict with mushrooms, spinach, onions, feta cheese and garlic); seven omelets (ranging from the “Meat Lovers” with bacon, sausage and ham to the leaner “Turkey Omelette” with turkey, broccoli, mushrooms and chives); and seven skillet dishes (the local namesake Daisy Mountain skillet contains country potatoes, diced chicken, broccoli, onions and mushrooms, and is topped with hollandaise sauce and two eggs prepared to order).

Lunch options aren’t as abundant as breakfast, but there are still some superb choices among the menu of soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers.

The salad selection (five choices) includes well-known greens like house and Caesar salads, in addition to a refreshing “Strawberry Fields” salad with organic baby spring greens, juicy fresh strawberries, cucumbers, red onions and feta cheese, and the “Two Brothers Greek Salad,” chock-full of spring greens, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, red onions, black olives and feta cheese. Soups of the day fluctuate but are all made in-house.

Sandwiches sing. The BLT is buoyant with bacon, lettuce and tomato (though a little wet from the latter two ingredients), and other expected options (Reuben sandwich, grilled cheese, tuna melt) also deliver. Diners seeking an exceptional sandwich can nosh on the Canadian Peameal bacon iteration, made with sliced peameal bacon from the most tender part of the pork tenderloin.

Burgers (nine kinds in all) are safe bets, as choices include a classic hamburger, a cheeseburger and a mushroom and Swiss edition, though more adventurous palates might enjoy the “Greek Feta Burger” with feta cheese and garlic, and more health-conscious eaters can consume a “Chicken Burger” made with hormone-free and antibiotic-free freshly ground chicken from Redbird Farms.

There are a couple super-special things at Two Brothers Kitchen. One is their Canadian bacon, which is prepared unlike any other Canadian bacon you may have had before: It’s breaded and deep-fried, which gives it a texture similar to wienerschnitzel, but the flavor remains hammy and earthy.

Homemade jams are another exceptional aspect of the Two Brothers Kitchen menu. Fresh and juicy, with a perfectly smooth texture (no hard-to-spread gobs here), all of their jams are worth their weight in toast and should be bottled for individual purchase.

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