Sunday Brunch: The Stewed Cow

On the corner of Adams Street and Fourth Street in Hoboken, NJ, sits The Stewed Cow. If you don’t know it’s there, you might walk right by it on a Sunday morning because the signage is so subtle. Yet once inside the grey building, The Stewed Cow is anything but subtle. But, more on that later.

I ventured into the highly rated Stewed Cow for brunch a couple weeks ago in search of some good comfort food and drinks.

The food
The Stewed Cow’s “Infamous Brunch” separates itself fairly well from most other brunch deals I’ve seen so far. By now, if you’ve kept up with the Sunday Brunch column of Dish + Drink, you know that I am no brunch slouch. I’ve been to countless spots that span the tri-state area and run the gamut of cuisines.

With that said, The Stewed Cow’s special is truly special. For $20, patrons can enjoy an entree, a muffin and pastry basket for the table, “sumpthin’ from the house for the table,” which was a bowl of fresh fruit during my visit, and two brunch cocktails.

Before I continue, I should mention that The Stewed Cow is all about meat. There are no already-curated vegetarian options, though one menu item is to build your own salad, which comes with plenty of choices to do so. I admit, I was actually tempted to go the salad route.

I didn’t, though. Instead, I was torn between the Steak & Eggs Skillet (served with hash browns and a spicy bourbon sauce), the Grilled Cajun-Style Salmon (with a pepper biscuit and seasonal greens), and the Road Kill Platter. I settled on the latter, per my roommate’s recommendation, and couldn’t have been more satisfied.

The Road Kill Platter is enough food for two meals, as it comes with heaps of brisket, as well as bacon, scrambled eggs, and a biscuit, topped with a spicy sausage gravy. I ate about half of this and was so full I had to give up, but I happily took the rest home.

My cohorts ordered the Steak & Eggs Skillet and the Cowboy Sandwich: Texas toast with sausage, fried eggs, jack cheese, and a jalapeno ranch sauce served with fries. The Stewed Cow’s fries are amazing; they are big, crispy, and well-seasoned.

The drinks

Remember when I said two drinks are included in restaurant’s $20 brunch deal? Yeah, so let’s get down to business on that. Like most brunch spots, mimosas and Bloody Marys are offered, but The Stewed Cow also offers beer, the “manmosa,” which is Blue Moon, vodka, and sprite, and Old Fashioneds.

Naturally, I went for the Old Fashioned. While I will say that The Stewed Cow boasts an insanely incredible whiskey selection (they’re known as a bourbon bar and feature bottles I’ve never actually seen in person like Pappy Van Winkle Reserve and Wild Turkey Diamond), their Old Fashioned is a bit on the sweet side for me. The fruit is muddled in more of a new-age way, but it’s still damn good.

I can only imagine what a place that organizes its whiskey menu by flavor, as well as whether or not it is a “rare offering,” uses for their well whiskey. You can, at the very least, bet it isn’t crap.

The service/ambience
The wait staff at The Stewed Cow is friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable about the menu.

On top of that, the ambience fits perfectly with the food and drink. A place that serves good quality comfort food ought to look like a place that serves good quality comfort food, and The Stewed Cow does. There’s no tackiness about it somehow, but The Stewed Cow’s wooden, stable-like interior also boasts a mechanical bull and taxidermy. Seriously, I swear, it’s not tacky. It’s well-done and it’s the perfect spot to blow all your hard-earned cash on any of the 16 “artisanal whiskeys” the bar has on offer.

Or, if you’re feelin’ really rich after having spent only $20 on brunch, grab some Pappy Van Winkle. Hey, it’s worth it.