Omnivore - Atlanta gets new Sunday brunch options
Hector Santiago is used to surprising people. The highly acclaimed chef had to change Atlantans' perceptions when he opened Pura Vida (656 N. Highland Ave., 404-870-9797) eight years ago.
Not only were diners still getting used to tapas, but they were used to Spanish-style tapas, and Santiago was experimenting with a variety of Latin American approaches to small plates. Now Pura Vida is considered one of the best tapas restaurants in town.
This time around, Santiago wants to change the way we think about Sunday brunch.
"I wanted to do a brunch menu but didn't want to do one like the ones you can get everywhere," says Santiago, who started his tapas-style Sunday brunch in May. "I wanted some familiarity, but not like you were going somewhere to have brunch all over again. I wanted to make it exciting to have eggs so many different ways, not poached eggs over easy.
"Eggs Benedict and french toast were not what I wanted to serve."
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