We all know about brunch, the cleaverly named weekend meal that allows for a late wake up call and occurs sometime after breakfast but a little before lunch. The menu often retains more breakfast flavors than lunch styles and typically consists of eggs benedict, mimosa, and for the adventurous – a bloody mary. White shoes and linen pants are not uncommon and jazz quartets usually provide the accompaniment. It’s a favorite for Father’s Day.
Atlanta’s A-List is here to serve an alternative. The EARL, in the heart of East Atlanta Village, serves Dunch from 1:00 to 4:00 pm Sunday afternoons. You don’t need your M.A. in English Language (that dad paid for) to figure out that “Dunch” is derived from the combination of two of his favorite meals – dinner and lunch. In Minnesota, I suppose it would be “Sunch”. (My masters is in Cultural Anthropology).
What’s especially great about this particular meal is that it is still breakfast! Yes, this is the answer for those of you in the service industry, the parking lot towing/impound sector, or the old fashioned business of rock n’ roll who happen to have parents too. Dunch at the Earl features entrees like Huevos Rancheros (gringo style) and Veggie Tofu Scramble, but you and Dad can split an old school stack of hotcakes too.
Each Sunday a local favorite provides live “hangover friendly” music – real rock n’ roll music, not that white linen stuff, but still compatible with CVS solutions like Chaser and Morning Blast. There are no special drinks on the menu, which we assume to mean that PBR Tall Boys are available for those who need a little hair of the dog to get through the afternoon.
This Sunday, Rolling Thunder Revue, will be playing a special Father’s Day Dunch at the Earl. It’s special because you can indulge yourself on Saturday night and still be a good kid by having steak and eggs with Dad on Sunday around, say, two in the afternoon. It’s also special if Dad has a sense of the classics – rock, that is. This troupe of rock scholars and tribute artists will work through a set of acoustic and electric Dylan standards with care and enthusiasm. Their performance of “The Weight” at 500 Songs for Kids was faithful to the original and well executed. Sunday Dunch at the EARL is our choice for Father’s Day.