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Omnivore - Brunch at Couscous

Eggs Benedict without the hollandaise

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Normally, brunch is a meal I enthusiastically avoid unless it's dim sum. But my friend Zippy Berchowitz and I ended up at Couscous for patio brunching last Sunday. I've written positively about dinner at the restaurant in the past. Brunch turned out to be good, too.

I ordered the Tunisia Merguez Benedict. In addition to the lamb sausage, the dish featured roasted tomatoes, spinach, potato hash, and poached eggs. It was drizzled with spicy harissa aioli instead of the usual hollandaise.

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Zippy ordered Kefteji, whose ingredients included butternut squash, potatoes, peppers, onions, tomatoes, and harissa topped with a fried egg. It was surrounded by triangles of pita bread. Imagine you are eating a sunflower painted by Van Gogh. Or a pita kaleidoscope. Or a starfish. Or the sun.

560 Dutch Valley Road. 404-685-3111. couscousatlanta.com. Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 5-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-11 p.m. ; Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.