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Restaurant Offers Brunch with a Side of Reggae

By Casey Cora | December 1, 2012 8:31am

BRIDGEPORT — Forget the jazz brunch. Bring on the reggae beats.

The team behind the popular Pleasant House Bakery, has added a “Dub Brunch” to its Sunday offerings, lending a monthly Caribbean twist to its traditional British breakfast "fry-up."

Named for its culinary and musical nods to the Caribbean and West Indies, the dub brunch features such special menu items as meat patties, rice and beans and oxtail worked into the restaurant's regular Sunday morning breakfast offering of rashers, tomatoes, baked beans, sausage and farm eggs. (The restaurant's signature savory Royal Pies are available throughout the day.)

On the sweet side, diners can enjoy such specialty creations as "Ragga Muffins" filled with mango and pineapple and sprinkled with hemp seeds, created by Pleasant House co-owner and pastry chef Chelsea Kalberloh Jackson.

 “It’s a big ol' breakfast, real stick-to-your-ribs," said Morgan Kalberloh, a Pleasant House employee and director of Pleasant Farms, the organic farm supplying the restaurant.

And it's all set against the backdrop of handpicked reggae, dub and dancehall music from DJ Eric May, spinning tunes from the kitchen.

“It’s a little cultural escape via food. That’s some of what drives us and inspires us. We’ll fill people’s bellies with food and fill their minds with cultural escape,” said co-owner Art Jackson.

The Pleasant House regular brunch menu is available on Sundays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; the Dub Brunch takes place on the first Sunday of every month.