HEAD TO MONUTS, BUT HOLD THE DONUTS

Mika Deshmukh

Okay, so maybe you should still grab a donut when you brunch at Monuts, but you definitely need to order something other than two donuts and a coffee. Without a doubt, Monuts doesn’t get enough credit for it’s amazing, ever-changing array of breakfast sandwiches and plates. They change their menu regularly in order to serve dishes that reflect seasonal produce and flavors. Monuts is my favorite place to brunch in Durham because it’s the only place that I’m able to get a sandwich loaded with beets and pea shoots (try the BL-Beet!) or a quiche with feta cheese and root vegetables.

A caprese-inspired sandwich on focaccia (PC: Mika Deshmukh)

A caprese-inspired sandwich on focaccia (PC: Mika Deshmukh)

Monuts’ breakfast sandwiches are constantly changing, but the base is either a hearty bagel, flaky biscuit, or crisp focaccia. I tend to choose my sandwiches based on the other ingredients, but a biscuit base is definitely the classic way to brunch or breakfast. After looking at the base, I scope out the cheeses on the menu. Every ingredient lives up to Monuts’ high standards for quality and freshness (another reason I love to eat there), but my personal favorite is the luxurious chèvre cream cheese. If you’re anything like me, you’ll narrow in on anything with applewood-smoked bacon or avocado first thing when picking out your perfect breakfast sandwich.

If you’re not feeling up to the task of wrestling a loaded Monuts sandwich, check out the breakfast plates available. I’m a big fan of the seasonal quiche; it has an unbelievably light, buttery crust and is served with a crisp side salad. There’s something for everyone on this section of the menu, with an Indian-inspired hash, breakfast tacos, and a seasonal granola-greek yogurt bowl. Trust Monuts to elevate breakfast staples into gourmet plates.

Root vegetable and feta quiche--the quiche special off of the "Plates" section of the menu (PC: Mika Deshmukh)

Root vegetable and feta quiche--the quiche special off of the "Plates" section of the menu (PC: Mika Deshmukh)

If I made your mouth water, I apologize. It’s difficult to remain resilient in the face of such delicious, unique brunch options. There’s only one thing left to do: head to Monuts this weekend, pick out a one-of-a-kind savory dish, and maybe just maybe, get a donut to start things off right.