Brunch at M3

Ever have one of those Saturday mornings where you just want to eat cake for breakfast? But then your family and friends don’t get it, and they want to eat “real” food, like meat and seafood, so you compromise on brunch, and you pick a place that you know offers all that and more.

This is how we ended up at M3 a few weekends ago. M3 is short for “Meat & Three” so it really is a place that’s right up my alley. I’ve heard a lot of good reviews about it and have been meaning to check it out, salivating over the Southern menu – with the fried chicken and shrimp and grits and buttermilk biscuits. And of course, cake.

Earlier this year, Saveur published its Best Cakes Ever issue and I became a little obsessed with the layered cakes. I knew that M3 features a selection of cakes each day, displayed in pretty glass domes on the counter. The day we were there, they had Strawberry Velvet Cake, Cherry Pie, and Coconut Cream Cake. Now aren’t those enough to make you want to skip the meal and just go straight to dessert?

We didn’t though. We ordered food to share first, starting with these hog wings. These are pork shanks with Carolina barbecue, and I remember having these at the Biltmore Bar and Grille in Newton, which has the same owner as M3. Meaty, sticky, and tender, these would be a good hangover food IF you were nursing one…

This is the oyster po’ boy, served with fried pickles and “LGC” fries, as in lime chili garlic. I did not try the po’ boy as I am highly allergic to oysters, but I did make a dent to that heap of spicy fries.

This is the hash and eggs plate, with smoked duck hash, scrambled eggs, bacon, and a buttermilk biscuit. I was a little underwhelmed with this – there was hardly any duck, and the buttermilk biscuit was a little dry. Maybe Sweet Cheeks has ruined me forever because I now hold their biscuits in the highest regard, or (more likely) I was just itching to get to dessert.

I really liked M3. The interiors of are very pretty, all robin’s egg blue and chalkboard paint and kitschy chandeliers.  There’s Motown music piped in, and the servers are all warm and smiley. We had a nice brunch, especially because I finally had some cake:

Coconut cream cake with a custard filling, coconut buttercream, coconut flakes, and finished with a dusting of edible silver glitter.

I’ll plan on going back and trying other items from the menu, and I’m sure I’ll end up ordering another slice of cake, too!

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17 Responses to “Brunch at M3”

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    Meghan posted October 18, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Looks like they have something for everyone!

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    christina posted October 18, 2012 at 8:56 am

    fried pickles! yay i love the chalkboard walls! :)

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    Simply Life posted October 18, 2012 at 9:11 am

    oh it looks like it has such a great atmosphere inside!

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    Erica @ In and Around Town posted October 18, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Really enjoyed M3 – wished they had that pie when i went because it looks to die for!

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    Ashley posted October 18, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Oh man, now I really want brunch! Complete with cake, of course. That strawberry red velvet sounds intriguing, though I’m a sucker for a good coconut cake.

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    Erica posted October 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    That cake looks amazing! What a wonderful dessert to end your meal!

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    Michelle Collins posted October 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about M3, and that coconut cake looks to die for. I must go there soon!

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    Samantha Angela posted October 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    That place looks really cool! What a sweet atmosphere.

    Also that cake looks amazing. My favourite cake in the world is a coconut layer cake that my sister makes whenever I beg her to. It’ looks a lot like the one you had.

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    CCU posted October 18, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Damn, that cake has my heart my friend, what a brunch :D

    Choc Chip Uru

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    Brittany posted October 18, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I find that my best days ALWAYS start with cake for breakfast.

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    Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings posted October 19, 2012 at 1:15 am

    I think I must’ve gained a few pounds just looking at your brunch photos. Enough to induce a Sunday morning coma – which I like :) Makes for a lazy Sunday!

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted October 19, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I felt the same way about their hash, but liked M3 overall. I’ve been meaning to go back!

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    Joanne posted October 20, 2012 at 6:34 am

    I’m so glad you finally got your cake! the coconut cake looks superb. Light and fluffy. As it should be.

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    Hannah posted October 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    This place looks like heaven! PICKLES AND CAKE.

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    Daisy posted October 21, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    you had me with that first photo and then again with the last (silver glitter!! how cool). and the interior is super charming, i really like the robin’s blue ceilings!

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    Molly Galler posted October 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    That cake looks amazing! Edible glitter? I must bake with that immediately.


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