Kozlak’s Royal Oak ~ 4785 Hodgson Road Shoreview, MN 55126 (651)-484-8484
- $20/Adults $10.95/ Kids 6-12 $6.95/ Kids 5 and Under
- Live New Orleans Jazz
- Full Salad Bar, Scrambled Eggs Carbonara , Fresh Baked Biscuits with Sausage Gravy, Featured Chicken item, Cajun Ribs, Pecan-Breaded Catfish Fingers, Jambalaya with sausage & chicken, Classic Eggs Benedict, Kozlak’s home made French Toast with Pecan Maple Syrup, Breakfast Bacon, Sausage, Chef’s Fresh Vegetable, Gumbo Soup, Potatoes Pontalba with Béarnaise Sauce, Made-to-order Omelettes, Dessert & Sundae Bar
Atmosphere: If you like New Orleans Jazz, you are in for a treat at the Sunday Brunch Buffet at Kozlak’s! They have a Jazz Trio who make their rounds through the dining room, playing for every table. You may have seen these guys on the Andiamo dinner cruises, where they sometimes play on the St Croix Riverboats.
What we ate: We started with the unlimited Bloody Mary and Juice Bar ($5). Kozlak’s makes their own Bloody mix that is very good and slightly spicy from the horseradish. There is an bartender pouring the drinks and then they have a table with pickles, olives, limes, summer sausage, cheeses, Tobasco and Worchestershire for you to dress up your drink. I did not see any cocktail skewers so all of my goodies sank to the bottom of my drink once I gave it a stir.
Since the champagne and juice are included in the $5 unlimited, I also tried a glass of bubbly and an orange/pineapple juice mix. I noticed that the guy making my drink only had small airplane-style cans of Pineapple juice. I know that is common at bars but you would think that at brunch they would opt for bigger jugs of juice? Doesn’t matter to me either way ;)
Shortly after we were seated our server brought us a plate of caramel rolls. They looked good but I didn’t eat one.
My first big plate included a bunch of breakfast items, including the Scrambled Eggs Carbonara, Eggs Benedict and Cheesy Potatoes. The eggs carbonara were pretty good but nothing out of the ordinary; they had pieces of bacon and spinach scrambled in. I liked the Eggs Benedict; the Hollandaise sauce was silky and somewhat tangy. They cheesy potatoes were okay but didn’t really catch my attention.
I also tried some of the breakfast meats including Bacon and Andouille Sausage with Peppers and Onions. The sausage was great and I loved it with the peppers and onions. The bacon was thick-cut and smoky.
I had to try the Biscuits and gravy too. The biscuit was pretty standard but the gravy was really tasty. They key to good gravy is good sausage and this had really well seasoned sausage. It had a slight kick to it from all the black pepper, which I loved.
The French Toast at Kozlak’s is made with baguette so the slices are very small and very crispy. The bread didn’t have the egginess of a typical french toast and remained crispy even when soaked with syrup. Ah, that syrup! It was real maple with toasted pecans. I promise you I did not eat all of this ;)
The Sunday Brunch at Kozlak’s has a nice selection of desserts including Bananas Foster. I tried it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and wow, this was so good! Mmm, there is just something I love about warm banana desserts and what could be better than cooking bananas in brown sugar, butter and rum? The sauce was pre-cooked so I did not get to see the chef make it. Heavenly!! The vanilla ice cream was perfect with it.
I also tried a few bites of the Pecan Pie. Super delish! The crust was really good and there was a layer of toasted pecans on tip of the gooey pecan filling. This would also be great with vanilla ice cream.
By this point I was too full to try the Ribs or the Jambalaya, but they Kozlak’s does have them.