Restaurant Roundup: New Sunday brunch buffet, new hours, bacon-wrapped pizza

March 28, 2019

Sunday is the first day for Johnny Carino’s new brunch buffet. For the past two years, the restaurant on Louise Avenue near I-29 has served brunch on Easter but decided to make it a weekly feature, regional manager Darren Newborg said. The buffet will feature build-your-own salad and Italian nacho bars, soups, side dishes and entrées such as a frittata, angel hair pasta with artichokes, plank salmon and lemon rosemary chicken. For dessert, there will be a chocolate fountain with fruits, mini-doughnuts and other sweets. Brunch will be served from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The price is $16.99, and it’s half-price for kids 12 and younger. For $12, diners can have bottomless mimosas and unlimited trips to the Bloody Mary bar.

Covert Artisan Ales ran into an equipment delay, so instead of holding onto kegs to release its first bottles of beer, the brewery has sent them out to local bars. Kegs went to JJ’s Wine, Bread & Circus Sandwich Kitchen, Monk’s, WoodGrain Brewing and J.L. Beers. Eponymous Brewing Co. in Brookings also will have Covert on tap. We wrote about the new brewery and its “wild” production method earlier this year.

The Cookie Jar Eatery is adjusting its hours. In addition to Sundays, it also will be closed Mondays, starting April 1. The bakery and restaurant in Shriver Square at 11th and Phillips will open and close later Tuesday through Saturday. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Earlier or later pickup times can be arranged.

Daily Clean Food & Drink is extending hours with the warmer weather. Instead of closing at 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, the health food restaurant near 69th and Western will be open until 8 p.m. Sunday’s closing time will remain at 3 p.m. Daily’s afternoon menu and popular build-your-own bowl options will extend into the evening, co-owner Shaley Bolks said. Weekend experiments with pizza nights have evolved into special monthly events that will include an added feature like a movie night on the patio, Bolks said.


Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe offers its menu in Braille. The restaurant on West 41st Street had a couple of copies years ago, but they disappeared and would have needed to be updated anyway, co-owner Jennifer Erickson said. Camille’s contacted South Dakota Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the agency made the two menus at no cost to the restaurant. Camille’s also is working on printing a large font menu and making its website accessible.

Love a good cup of coffee? You’ll enjoy Saturday’s Sioux River Roast Off and Latte Art Throwdown at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown. Twelve roasters from the region are bringing their best roast to compete. Sample them from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Roaster’s Row, and catch the latte contest at 1 p.m. Other offerings include a community cupping, latte art tutorial and Q&A. Admission is $10, and kids 14 and younger get in free. The event is a fundraiser for The Community Outreach.

If you love bacon and pizza, you might be happy to learn that Little Caesars is bringing back its deep dish pizza wrapped in 3 1/2 feet of bacon. The pizza is topped with pepperoni and, of course, more bacon. It’s available for a limited time.

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