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Photos by Clarissa Villondo
Words by Kaylee Dugan

I’ve felt weird saying this to friends and coworkers and family, and I feel even weirder typing this right now, but Declaration has one of the best salads I’ve ever had in my life. I know you’re here to read a brunch review. You want to know about the pancakes and the eggs Benedict and the bacon, but if you’re going to go to Declaration for brunch you need to get the kale salad.

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A combination of pine nut winter squash romesco, pecorino cheese, smoked pears, sherry vinaigrette, and of course kale, it’s bright and refreshing, but there’s enough on the plate that you don’t feel like you’re being cheated out of a meal. The kale delivers a good amount of crunch, which is balanced by the silkiness of the cheese. Although it wasn’t listed on the menu, there were also tiny slices of jalapeño that helped keep things interesting. I could talk about this salad forever. I know salads are not interesting and nobody gets excited about them, but when they’re this good, you can’t help it.

Next, we tried the french toast, which was delicious, but reminded me more of dessert than breakfast considering it features a cheesecake puree, roasted cherries, and pistachios. While I would rather end my day with this than start it, I will say that putting pistachios on french toast is the best possible idea and it made me question all of my past french toast decisions. Why haven’t I been doing this forever? Why aren’t other restaurants doing it? Pistachios are the best.

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After that it we ordered the spring frittata. Featuring fresh eggs, lobster (!!!), mushrooms, kale, goat cheese, and asparagus, I was entirely on board. Every frittata should have lobster. It’s just a good idea. The only problem I had with this dish (because the ingredients were on point) was that it seemed to be a little too salty. Otherwise it would be contending with the local kale salad as my favorite dish.

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Last, we tried out the Philly cheesesteak mainly because I thought it was a curious thing to have on a brunch menu. While they’re nothing to write home about (it’s just cheese, onions, and bread) the soft bread is actually quite excellent.

I know you’re tired of hearing about that goddamn salad, but it’s the best thing on Declaration’s brunch. Even if you hate salads, you need to go there this weekend and get one. Grab a mimosa to go with it (skip the Bloody Mary’s, Bloody Mary’s are dumb) and you’re all set.

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