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Posted December 26, 2013 in Altoona, Community Featured

On a cold, grey Sunday morning before Christmas, my husband and I decided we needed something to take our mind off the hustle and bustle. I had a tip that The Big Steer served a tasty brunch, and we decided to give it a try.

The creme brulee french toast at The Big Steer was made with thick slices of Dutch apple bread.

The creme brulee french toast at The Big Steer was made with thick slices of Dutch apple bread.

Three words: Best. Decision. Ever. From the moment we walked in, I knew there were good things to come.

The Big Steer has the cozy ambience of steakhouses from decades past: dark wood and stained glass hanging lamps casting a soft, golden glow over the room. Evergreen swags accented with big red bows, and tiny white lights added Christmas cheer. I felt miles away from the gray landscape outside.

This is not a buffet-style brunch; about a half dozen items are offered. You can also order from the regular menu.

My husband, who is on a quest for the perfect chicken-fried steak, ordered that ($11.95) and I chose the creme brulee french toast ($8.95). I added two eggs to my order for $1.50 and we got an order of biscuits and gravy to share. ($5.95).

The french toast was outstanding. Thick slices of Dutch apple bread had been dipped in creme brulee battered and fried. The dish was served with a vanilla sauce, strawberries and whipped cream. It was fragrant, satisfying and delicious.

Kelly declared the chicken-fried steak to be the best he’s ever had. It was meaty, fork tender and well seasoned. The cream gravy on the steak and the biscuits belonged in its own food group, it was that good. The biscuits were fluffy and tender. The hash browns with Kelly’s order were crisp outside and creamy inside — potato perfection.

We were ready for Sunday naps when the plates were empty. The Big Steer brunch is worth a visit.

The Big Steer
1715 Adventureland Drive
Hours: Sunday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Mon. – Thur.: 5 – 9 p.m.
Friday: 5 – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 4:30 – 9:30 p.m.

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