When its not football season the boyfriend suddenly realizes how often I’m not inviting him to brunch and he begins to get a bit pouty with me. “Sorry babe, its a business brunch” is really just code for “You’re a boy, gross, it’s lady time”. After this same conversation had been repeated for months I began to feel bad and figured his birthday was a good excuse to invite him out for a proper brunch.
Planning a birthday brunch for Jarrett is almost exactly the opposite of planning a brunch for just Caryn and myself. He wants a boozy brunch with a ton of traditional breakfast options. Caryn and I on the other hand, like something with a better balance of lunch options and get excited when brunch drinks have a bit of added flair.
Lincoln offered a huge “something-for-everyone” menu and luckily still had available reservations Memorial Day Weekend.
We arrived with the birthday boy a few minutes early for our 2pm reservation and they promptly sat us and got our drink orders. If bottomless drinking is of high priority during your brunching, Lincoln delivers. They make it their business to get you started fast and make sure your humongous glass stays full.
We loved that you could switch between bloody marys, bellinis, and mimosas. I started with the mary and got the feeling this was a less frequent request. I wasn’t offered a refill as quickly as the others and switched to a mimosa pretty quickly so that I could take advantage of the floating pitchers that the staff were using to refill the mimosa and bellinis. The bellinis were definitely made from fresh peach juice that we wondered if they made in house as there were buckets of peaches around the buffet area. Caryn recommends just starting with and sticking to the bellini.
We ordered the donuts while we waited for the rest of our party to arrive which were warm, delicious and highly recommended for making sure you don’t get too drunk too fast!
The menu is not only offers great entrees, but it also has an all-you-can eat omelette and waffle bar. For $39 you get unlimited omellettes, waffles, bottomless drinks AND two sides. Which is a GREAT deal. Especially for a hungry-ass man.
Jarrett opted for the all you can eat but could barely make it through his second omelette and waffle. The other dilemma is you have to get up and wait in line for these waffles and omelettes… that was a no go for me, I’m a lazy bruncher. But again, there was something to make everyone happy.
The rest of the table opted for entrées and sides: the Croque Madame, Brunch Grilled Cheese, City Breakfast (Bagel + Lox), and the Gingerbread Waffles all made the cut, and there weren’t any complaints. Along with their bottomless drinks of course for $20. The food was impressive for such a large menu with a wide variety of creative options. It was all great. Caryn and I really wanted to taste the gingerbread waffles, but our friend Maurice ate them too fast.
Finally, make sure to take a walk around Lincoln as the decor is great. The penny floor was probably the coolest part, but you’ll also find glass jar chandeliers and artwork of Abe in hipster glasses.
The Bottom Line: Its great for groups (especially a picky group!), is heavily boozy, and has a fun party atmosphere. Consider Lincoln a brunch tour essential.