Nothing twisted about this brunch

With its arsenal of bourbon selections, live blues music and Southern-comfort food, The Twisted Tail is the kind of place where one might choose to end the night.

But the weekend brunch menu makes a compelling case for starting the day there.

The comfortable space is quieter and not as rollicking in the daylight, and you can always return later to get your roadhouse blues on.  

The menu offers a great selection of comfort food made lighter, like the spicy shrimp BLT ($10), which packs a lot of guilt-free flavor. The bacon tamale ($16) is a pleasant detour across the border, topped with short ribs and hollandaise sauce for an elegant take on the comfort dish. 

The brunch offerings shine brightest when they throw down with some unapologetically decadent Southern dishes.  The cheesey grits ($10), generously topped with bacon crumbles, a poached egg and cheddar, are irresistibly creamy and hearty. The crawfish mac and cheese ($10) is among our favorite seafood-infused mac-and-cheese dishes. The ham and cheese French toast ($10) is a delightful sandwich combining the salty and the sweet. 

But The Twisted Tail’s crowning glory are the biscuits and gravy ($13) — a familiar dish with enough departures from tradition to make it extraordinary. The biscuits are buttery and studded with cheese and jalapenos. The gravy is a light-brown stock instead of white, giving the dish an added dimension of savory goodness. The generous helpings of sausage in the gravy “ups the ante” while the two sunny side up eggs perched on top make the down-home staple all the more luxurious.    

The Twisted Tail might have you singing the blues at night, but will definitely have you singing their praises by day.