Introducing casual brunch at 3 new spots

by Tracy Schuhmacher | March 1, 2017 | Democrat & Chronicle

Marty’s on Park

Marty’s on Park, the brick-and-mortar companion to the Marty’s Meats food truck, recently remodeled its cozy, colorful space to include an eight-person lunch counter, making for a more congenial vibe. It also has started serving brunch from 10 a.m. from 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

True to its regular menu, house-smoked meats are the star of many of its brunch items. Its breakfast sandwich ($6), made popular by the truck’s visits to the Brighton Farmer’s Market, offers a choice of brisket, pastrami, pork belly or shiitake mushrooms, in addition to the usual fried egg and cheese. The house-made pastrami hash ($9) is topped with a sunny-side-up egg; thick-cut, house smoked pastrami; and whole grain mustard.

Chef/owner Marty O’Sullivan pays extra attention to the textures of his dishes and that shows in his creative morning take on paella ($13). Arancini-like balls of rice, chorizo, peas, shrimp and pickled peppers are cooked until crispy, then broken up to imitate socarrat, the appealingly crusty bottom of the paella. It is served with a Swan Market chorizo link, fried egg and shrimp. It is topped with a squiggle of chipotle aioli and a tangle of delicate sprouts.

It also offers a vegan dish ($8), roasted spaghetti squash topped with tempura squash, broccoli, a lime peanut sauce and cilantro.

Its “hangover helper” cocktails include a Bloody Marty ($7), which adds sake, wasabi and ginger to the tomato-based cocktail.

Marty’s on Park is at 703 Park Ave; it also offers delivery.