This morning at 11:30, I found myself back in my collegiate Alma Mater town of Blacksburg, Virginia, having made the quick trip from my hometown of Roanoke (a mere 35-odd miles) in order to take part in a training session in the Catholic Campus Ministry's Newman House on Otey Street. My business on the VT campus completed, and the time since my early-morning coffee and cereal long past (I had arisen early this Saturday morning--5:00 AM--in order to ensure my timely arrival at the Newman House), I decided to investigate the Brunch offerings at Lefty's--a long-established Blacksburg eatery that has recently relocated and added an in-house brewery.
The brightly lit, very contemporary restaurant was packed! A long, almost pew-like bench at the entrance was filled with waiting diners of all ages but, of course, largely college students. The very cheerful staff member who greeted me asked if I desired to wait for a table or if I wanted to be seated immediately, at the bar. I followed her past the glass & wood enclosed, stainless-steel beer brewing system (it appeared to be about a 7-bbl. system--a beer barrel being about 31.5 gallons), to a semi-separate room with a modern, blonde-wood bar with about a dozen bar seats and several nearby tables. As soon as I was seated at the bar, a very chipper (everyone here seemed so upbeat and pleasant, like they really, really enjoyed working here) young lady offered me the Brunch Menu and a tall glass of iced water.
Lefty's has an extensive lunch & dinner me chock-full of traditional American fare, but the menu I was given was their double-sided Brunch listing, which was also pretty extensive. I ordered the signature Breakfast Sandwich consisting of a sizable freshly scrambled (almost omelet-like) egg, crispy bacon strips, cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato and a delicious pesto dressing, all served on buttery, toasted sourdough bread. It was delicious and the perfect size for a late-morning re-charge!
Of course, I had to try just one of their house-made beers. Hey, by the time I was seated at the bar and had given the Brunch Menu a sufficient reading, it was Noon, so, technically, I really wasn't having a beer with breakfast! I ordered their house specialty ale, "The Light Weight," a golden-hued, well-carbonated beer from their "Right Mind Brewery." The description from their beer menu: "Oats and wheat give this beer a big mouth feel with only a 4.3% ABV. Mandalina, Azacca, and Mosaic hops make huge flavors of citrus and orange with little bitterness in the finish. This is a light beer with big taste to enjoy anytime, anywhere."
"The Light Weight" was the perfect companion to my pesto-laden breakfast sandwich and I was completely satisfied with my meal & beverage! I need to go back to Lefty's soon to sample the fare from their regular lunch/dinner menu. My rating of this cheerful little eatery with accompanying brewery may well go to the full five!
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