So, we have a little tradition here at Let’s Share A Dish that every year, we visit Stella’s for both of our birthdays — once in January and once in September. We started with lunch back in January of 2014, and four years later, we’re still going strong. We’ve done a lot of dinners in the years since, but this year we decided to switch things up and do a birthday brunch.
Before we get to talking about the food, there’s one important thing you should know about brunch at Stella’s. The restaurant only takes reservations for groups of six or more during lunch or brunch, so if you’re a smaller party and you can’t make a reservation, you should get there right when they open at 10 a.m. or even a few minutes before. On our recent visit, there was already a Millie’s style line outside the door at 10 a.m. on the dot. So, get there early …or you’ll be hungry for a while. The food is definitely worth waiting for and both Stella’s Grocery and House of Floralie are in close vicinity, giving you something to do to kill time should you find yourself on the list for a table.
The dish: Stella’s Brunch
While we didn’t have a boozy brunch this year, it is our mission to order the Hagia Sophia, a take on an Aperol spritz, the next time we are there. If you caught our Instagram story over the weekend (before it expired) you would’ve seen the Frappe — foamed instant coffee and evaporated milk served over ice and lightly sweetened with sugar — which was similar to a Vietnamese iced coffee, highly recommend.
I’ve only been to Stella’s once before for brunch, and on that visit, I ordered the loukaniko sausage skillet which was delicious, and definitely a good option for sharing or leftovers since it was quite the generous portion. This time around, I ordered the first dish on the menu — the Lafayette — I’m guessing after the name of the street that Stella’s sits on. The Lafayette comes with two phyllo cups filled with poached eggs, loukaniko sausage, manouri cheese, sauteed onion, portabella mushroom and sundried tomato hollandaise. I ordered mine sans mushroom and it was the perfect combination of flavors. I think I would have a hard time going back to Stella’s for brunch and not ordering this again, it was that good. – M
I went with the Strifti spanakopita with poached eggs and it was massive. The dish comes with two large spiral spanakopita and two poached eggs, served over a bed of Grecian Hashed potatoes. Oh, and it is topped with a dollop of Stella’s tzatziki sauce. The dish is extremely rich, even without a meat component and the portion was so big, I took half of it home. I would definitely order this again. – K
And it wouldn’t be a Greek brunch without freshly fried loukomades aka honey tokens. You can get these sugary pieces of heaven at the Greek Festival each year, but the Stella’s version are on another level. You know we are fans of donuts here, and since these are basically donuts you’re probably not surprised that we had to order them. If you like to end your brunch on a sweet note, or if you’re like us and want to have something sweet to nibble on while you enjoy a savory dish, order the loukomades to share!
If you’re planning a visit: You can check out Stella’s Sunday brunch menu here, which is served from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 1012 Lafayette Street. There’s no parking lot, but it’s never too difficult to find a spot on the street!