For Elizabeth Street Cafe, brunch is a very busy time. Guests pack into the casual yet upscale Vietnamese restaurant looking for steaming pho, coffee, and French pastries from the bakery. It was Larry McGuire and partner Tom Moorman's third of now-six restaurants, which he opened in 2011. Soon, there will be a seventh for his hospitality group with June’s, run with beverage director June Rodil.
The restaurant let Eater take a look at Valentine’s Day weekend brunch numbers. Surprisingly, breakfast soup noodles like pho and bun bo hue weren't very popular, but people did love the breakfast sticky rice, banh mi, and preferred the chocolate croissant over other baked goods. On the coffee side, French press was more popular than Vietnamese, and drinkers cooled down with iced tea.