Mount Airy launches a brunch series

Avenida is one participant in "Mount Airy Brunch Sessions: Four Seasons of Prix-Fixe."

You've seen assorted restaurant weeks, which offer lunch and dinner at a fixed price.

Mount Airy adds a brunch twist starting the weekend of April 5-6.

Mount Airy restaurants will present seasonally inspired, three-course menus during "Mount Airy Brunch Sessions: Four Seasons of Prix-Fixe."

Chefs will present off-menu dishes and signature favorites that celebrate the flavors of spring. Sample everything from frisee salad (with crispy pancetta, sliced pear, ricotta salata, mint vinaigrette) to bread pudding French toast (with strawberry-rhubarb compote) to a corned beef hash flatbread. Participating restaurants include Avenida, Earth Bread + Brewery, Geechee Girl Rice Cafe, Goat Hollow, Jyoti Indian Bistro, Little Jimmie's Bakery Cafe and Trolley Car Diner.

Each prix-fixe meal is $16 and includes starter, entrée, side, and choice of coffee or tea.  

At Geechee Girl Rice Cafe (6825 Germantown Ave.), a BYO serving 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 5 and 6, highlights will include ginger-glazed grapefruit brulee, bread pudding French toast topped with strawberry-rhubarb compote, grit cake benedict with fried eggs; house smoked salmon and sautéed asparagus on herbed grit cakes; served with Hollandaise sauce,South African ginger beer with fresh ginger, orange juice and honey topped with iced tea.

At Trolley Car Diner (7619 Germantown Ave.), which has 200-plus beers, will serve from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5 and 6. Highlights will include frisee salad with crispy pancetta, sliced pear, ricotta salata, mint vinaigrette, seafood crepe with shrimp, scallop, tilapia, lobster and tarragon cream sauce, baked asparagus with a lemon breadcrumb topping, and spring pea soup. 

At Avenida (7401 Germantown Ave.), serving April 6 only, highlights will include mixed greens, panko crusted goat cheese and guava lime vinaigrette; Portuguese muffin, scrambled eggs, bacon and Chihuahua cheese; and Cava Cocktail with Juves y Camps Cava and a splash of grenadine with your choice of guava, orange, mango, blood orange or peach juice. 

At Earth Bread + Brewery (7136 Germantown Ave.,), serving 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 5 and 6, highlights include Breakfast Flatbread with tomato cream cheese base, eggs (scrambled or sunny side-up), cheddar cheese and bacon and topped with scallions; Corned Beef Hash Flatbread with cream cheese tomato base, corned beef, potatoes, roasted onions and a fried egg. Finished with fresh parsley and thyme; and house-drafted, small-batch beer, or housemade wine.

At Jyoti Indian Bistro (7220 Germantown Ave.), a BYOB serving 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5 only, highlights include samosa with a savory pastry shell filled with peas and potatoes and choice of chutney; idli and sambar with steamed cakes made out of lentils and rice with coconut chutney and sambar (spicy yellow dal with vegetables); and kicharee, featuring a rice and lentil stew with ginger, onions and garlic.

At Little Jimmie's Bakery Cafe (6669 Germantown Ave.), a BYOB serving 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 6 only, highlights include baked French toast topped with vanilla maple syrup with smoked bacon; tomato basil and garlic quiche and housemade cheddar biscuits. 

At Goat Hollow (300 W. Mount Pleasant Ave.)., serving 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 5 and 6, the menu is tio-be-announced but will include a new seafood bloody Mary.

Mount Airy Brunch Sessions will return every quarter. Watch for dates in summer, fall and winter.