Brunch, like the earth’s mantle or a teenager swimming in the Mississippi, lives in a condition of angst from being caught between one state and another. Soothe brunch’s mind with today’s Groupon: for $27, you get brunch for two at The Pan American (up to a $91 total value). Brunch, which is served between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, includes:
- Five plates to share from the brunch menu or all-day menu (up to a $13 value/plate)
- Two cocktails (up to a $13 value each)<p>
In the candy-hued interior of The Pan American, American and Latin cuisine draws strength from locally sourced ingredients beneath the helm of executive chef Harry Stoehr. As salsa tunes and renditions of “Free Bird” played with the spoons serenade ears, dining duets peruse brunch dishes such as the chorizo-studded and tomatillo-topped Peruvian hash, or the eggs benedict, which entraps serrano ham and pimento hollandaise betwixt corn cakes. Cold and hot plates, such as the duck breast robed in pineapple-gooseberry glaze, satisfy breakfast scorners, and the grilled-octopus-and-squid plate capsizes appetites with the aid of Peruvian potatoes and piquillo peppers. Upscale bloody marys delight palates between bites with house-infused horseradish vodka, and the Dark and Stormy elixir recalls tumultuous nights and the beginnings of midnight weather reports with Gosling’s Black Seal rum and house-brewed ginger beer.
Stoehr, inspired by years of farming and a childhood full of organic CSA veggies, earned his cooking chops at such venues as Chicago’s Sweet Baby Ray’s and acclaimed kitchens in the Virgin Islands. His culinary brainchildren are presented in The Pan American’s Welly Lai–designed space, which features vibrant turquoise tables, canary-yellow chairs, and lime-green lamps descending from the ceiling. Behind the bar, bottles glow with an ethereal chartreuse light above coffee grinders, bottles of wine, and a secret mechanism for turning moonlight into moonshine.