|The Mandolin decorated for Christmas.|
|Shelley and Jesse visiting from Virginia.|
Dan and I had been to the Mandolin for brunch last year**, and we recommended it as a great place to have breakfast. It was a lot of fun visiting with this bunch of friends. And the food was good too.
|Clockwise beginning in foreground: Dan, Paula, Mary, Shelley, Doug, Jesse, Becky (hidden behind Frank) Frank.|
While we were waiting on our orders, each of us was served a delicious homemade biscuit with butter and apple butter. I love these biscuits.
|Mandolin's homemade biscuit. Delish!|
|Eggs Benedict with country ham from Johnston County.|
|A Virgin Mary garnished with a pickled okra.|
Doug chose the shrimp and grits served in an iron skillet. He pronounced this delicious.
|Shrimp and grits.|
Dan chose the Omelet of the Day that included pheasant, scallions and cauliflower.
|Omelet of the day.|
|Jesse and Dan.|
|Left to right: Paula, Mary, Shelley, Jesse, Doug, Becky, Frank|
The food was good, but the best part was visiting with these NC State Alumni friends.
*I am a State fan unless they are playing Carolina. But I wore a red jacket and was sitting with State fans, Jesse had gotten the ticket and I certainly wasn't going to be cheering for Carolina under those circumstances. I did my graduate work at NC State so I was happy they won---sort of.
**Check out my earlier blog about Brunch at the Mandolin.