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AS OF JUNE 2019, FANCY THAT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED.
If you hear the name “Fancy That” and don’t immediately think of one of those little downtown shops with a bunch of “It’s Wine O’Clock” and “Live, Laugh, Love” signs and extremely expensive decorative aprons no one on earth ever wears, then you’re probably from Norman, Oklahoma.
Because, and let’s not mince words here, Fancy That 100 percent sounds like the name of a boutique your aunt wants to check out.
“They have pot holders that look like pigs!” et cetera.
But in Norman, the name belongs to a funky little restaurant with mismatched chairs, a cute little bar, and a menu full of dishes specifically designed to make your Instagram followers post weeping emojis in the comments because they weren’t invited.
Hey. Weeping Instagram followers. Just invite yourself. Unless you’re bringing an army, it’s a no-reservations-needed spot that serves brunch six days a week. (If you are bringing an army, drop the guns and give them a call to book a table.)
Since this is a #PigOutOKC review, you know they go whole-hog on the swine here, too.
If you’re in a brunchy mood, I suggest starting off with a brunchy drink, like the delicious (and boozy!) Brunch Money ($7).
It starts with coffee, of course, and adds Irish Cream (pretty standard) and Patron XO Cafe (slightly less standard) with a big mound of whipped cream on top. C’mon. You know you want a boozy milk mustache.
Seriously, though, it’s got a kick. But once the coffee reaches a slightly less scalding temp, this is a very good brunch drink. The coffee is strong, the pour on the liquor is heavy, and it all comes together in a tingly, belly-warming sort of way.
You can’t drink on an empty stomach (actually, you can, but I don’t recommend it) so my friend Jess and I split...a bunch of food.
The Fancy Breakfast Burritos ($10) are not the kind you pick up with your hands, unless you just really do not care what people think, in which case: go for it. Instead, you get a plate with two rolled flour tortillas stuffed with scrambled eggs and potatoes with a pork tenderloin green chili sauce, melting cheese, crispy tortilla strips, veggies, and a dollop of chipotle sour cream on top.
The burritos are fork tender and the sauces blend and bounce off one another in very tasty ways. I particularly enjoy the sizzle of the green chili pork sauce against the soothing cool of the sour cream, with just a hint of roasted jalapeno flavor.
Ever-so-slightly less sloppy for hand use is the Louisiana Style Breakfast Po’ Boy ($9.50). But don’t go in expecting a lot of spice--you’ll likely need to add your own hot sauce to bring this one up to a sting.
It’s a piece of baguette, sliced in half lengthwise, and filled with ham, peppered bacon, cheddar, scrambled eggs, lettuce, tomato, and some remoulade sauce. Flavor- and texture-wise, I thought it was a great sandwich. It did feel like they played up the spiciness of the dish on the menu, which didn’t pan out on the palate. I’m sure if you specify your spice level or ask for hot sauce on the side, they’ll provide it.
But, even with the mild disappointment about the heat level, I’d gladly order this again. It’s a super-charged breakfast sandwich and the inclusion of remoulade sauce on almost anything is an automatic win in my book.
Because it’s practically illegal to have brunch without a poached egg popping up somewhere, we felt obliged to get the chicken-fried pork tenderloin benedict ($12).
Ha, no, I was legit excited to try this. Fried pork tenderloin is one of my favorites. It’s similar to a schnitzel, which I also love, but with a bit more country on it.
Your traditional benedict is a base of English muffins, topped with Canadian bacon, a poached egg, and hollandaise sauce over the top. (P.S. that version is also available at Fancy That for $10.)
This gorgeous pile of tastiness subs in Texas toast for the muffin, adds Tabasco tomatoes with the poached eggs, and tosses out the hollandaise for an Italian sausage gravy. This here is hearty. Imagine the kind of work you’d need to do to justify eating something like this. Are you raising a barn? Competing in a body-building show? Are you summoning the dead back to life?
Not that it matters to me. I think the most strenuous thing I did after eating this delicious monstrosity was go for a walk and lightly groan along the streets of downtown Norman.
The toast is adept at soaking up the poached egg yolk, but the breading of the chicken-fried pork tenderloin did pretty well, too. The Italian sausage gravy was tasty and the Tabasco tomatoes delivered a lovely burst of spice.
Also, shoutout to Fancy That’s kitchen crew for some truly wonderful breakfast potatoes and jalapeno cheese grits. Good home fries are hard to come by, but these were perfectly seasoned and fried to an ideal crisp. Sides can be the downfall for breakfasts, so it’s impressive that they’ve got theirs on lock.
Don’t let Fancy That’s name fool you. They don’t sell comically large wine glasses or ever-so-slightly expired spice blends in plastic grinders. What they do exceedingly well is serve a hearty, filling, delicious, and yes, fancy breakfast. I understand the hype, Normanites. Don’t sleep on this one.
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