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Gypsy Parlor makes a stir with Grant Street brunch

If you haven't fed a yen in the Grant Street area lately, you're missing out.

In the last decade, Sweetness 7 Cafe, 220 Grant St., started meeting your coffee and breakfast needs in a hip cafe setting. West Side Bazaar, 25 Grant St., started giving immigrant cooks a chance to offer flavors of their native lands.

In 2013, Gabrielle Mattina opened Gypsy Parlor, 376 Grant St. More than a bar, it offered an eclectic menu rooted in international inspirations, and a site for musical acts and other entertainment.

Last year, Gypsy Parlor started offering brunch, a rarity on Grant Street, and it caught on.

The bar fills up fast at Gypsy Parlor Sunday brunch. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

A recent visit found the place packed, with young and old customers alike digging into Chef Skylar Pratt's creations and chasing their recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C with $15 bottomless mimosas.

[REVIEW: Gypsy Parlor has surprisingly good food for a hipster bar]

The brunch menu is internationally inspired too. It cribs from Quebecois (brunch poutine, with Hollandaise sauce, chorizo and a fried egg, $13), Italian (giambotta, scrambled eggs loaded with sausage, peppers, potatoes and cheese, or a tofu-based vegan version, $13), and Indian (naan bread with toppings like lamb and olives, $12).

Puerto Rican pastelillos, the deep-fried turnover, turn breakfastward with a filling of fluffy scrambled eggs, chorizo, provolone and salsa ($4).

Gypsy Parlor Sunday brunch brings a pastelillo stuffed with scrambled eggs and chorizo sausage. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

Mexican makes an appearance with Pratt's version of huevos rancheros ($13). Given a choice between flour and corn tortillas, I called for maize and was rewarded with crunchy tostadas loaded with breakfast.

Huevos rancheros come with guacamole and salsa at Gypsy Parlor Sunday brunch. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

Black beans, cheddar and chorizo gets topped with two fried eggs, whose yolks mingle well with the salsa and guacamole accompaniment.

Even better was the Gypsy Tostada ($13, lead image), which turns kale, of all things, into a delicious and practically healthy brunch dish. Tender, garlicky kale made it easy to eat my greens, but the next green on the plate, a rousing chimichurri sauce, brought it home with a squeeze of lime.

Sweet seekers can choose pancakes with local maple syrup ($8), berries ($9) or chocolate chips and Nutella ($10). Then there was french toast stuffed with cream cheese and cranberry compote ($11), tart enough to balance it out.

Cranberry and cream cheese stuffed french toast serves your sweet tooth at Gypsy Parlor Sunday brunch. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

Gypsy Parlor's Sunday brunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get a seat if you can.

Menu for Gypsy Parlor Sunday brunch. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

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