Local Bites: Brunch at The Hall on Franklin

While mostly everyone is focused on Black Friday shopping, I'm sitting here thinking about weekend brunch. You know - priorities. Sure, Thanksgiving leftovers are my favorite, but sometimes, you just need to get away from the fam and being lazy in your PJs and treat yourself to a day out with human contact and good food.

Last weekend, after checking out the hustle and bustle of Indie Flea's 2nd anniversary, pH and I headed to The Hall on Franklin after learning of their new brunch menu, offered Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bloody Mary: Wodka Vodka, Bloody Mary mix

My handsome date and his cold brew + cashew milk from Kôfē

After settling on drinks, him a cold brew and me a Bloody Mary (of course), we had a hard time trying to decide what to choose for brunch. We eventually gravitated toward raw oysters on the half shell to start from Heights Fish Camp (okay, that was mostly me, not we), and pH decided on a custom Omelette from Kôfē, while I chose the Korean Breakfast Bento from North Star Eatery.

Half a dozen oysters from Heights Fish Camp

Omelette from Kôfē: Mushrooms, scallions, feta, bacon, sausage and avocado

Korean Breakfast Bento from North Star Eatery: Crispy pork belly over kimchi, fried egg, jasmine rice.

To cleanse the palate: Affogato from Kôfē, featuring Bake'n Babes ice cream

Everything was absolutely delicious, per usual - both pH and I agreed that we would order our subsequent choices again. pH was quite happy with his low-carb, keto-friendly omelette - he's been on such an avocado and feta cheese kick lately. The pork belly in my bento box was perfectly crispy and paired wonderfully with the spicy crunch of its kimchi counterpart, and I think the portion was just right for me to be able to explore a starter along with it. I'm already planning my next visit to try the rest of the brunch menu items (Biscuit Sliders from Heights Fish Camp, I'm looking at you).

Curious as to what else is featured on the menu? There's no better way to find out than by checking it out for yourself! I recommend coming anytime after 2 p.m., to snag yourself a seat so you can get to eatin'!

The Hall on Franklin is located at 1701 North Franklin Street in Tampa. A limited early hours menu, including Kofe and Bake'n Babes is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Hall on Franklin is open Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For the latest updates from The Hall on Franklin, follow along on Facebook and Instagram.