During college football season my bff was given tickets to a Navy Football game and she graciously invited me along. Sports really aren't my thing, but I do enjoy watching some live football, especially when food and drinks are consumed beforehand.
The lovely lady who gave her the tickets also wrote us out a list of good places to brunch so we decided to take her advice and go with her top choice, Iron Rooster. They don't take reservations and it was game day but we decided to try our luck anyways. We ended up sitting at the bar which was just fine but the wait for two was only about 15-20 minutes.
No brunch is complete without a mimosa and I went with my favorite, grapefruit, while Carrie stuck with the original OJ. Both had the right proportion of juice to bubbly.
We split two breakfast items. The first being SMOKED BRISKET BENNY jalapeno cornbread waffle / fresh tomato salsa / caramelized onions / poached egg / hollandaise $13.95. The eggs were perfectly poached, and let’s talk about that waffle. Crunch on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, with a slight kick from the jalapeno. Benedicts with a twist are my favorite. The other item that caught our eye was the SMOKEHOUSE BREAKFAST BURRITO thinly sliced smoked beef brisket / roaster corn salsa / scrambled eggs / sautéed peppers / onion / wrapped in a flour tortilla / smothered in roasted poblano sauce / topped with queso fresco / freshly chopped tomato $14.95. This dish was just ok, not living up to the expectations that the description set on us. It was a little bland overall and missing a fresh, crunchy element to the inside of the burrito. A couple of people around us also ordered the Shrimp and Grits and while I don't eat shrimp the dish looked out of this world..and people cleaned their plates - something else to think about :)
In a touristy part of town, the Iron Rooster manages to be a step ahead of many other places I’ve eaten at in Downtown Annapolis with good food and great service.
Would I come back? Yes, definitely. I would love to come back and try some of their cocktails and other brunch items (like biscuits and gravy).
12 Market Street