Last year, the restaurant debuted its brunch with a menu devised by husband-wife owners Christian and Mercedes Forte, and chef Tom Patterson. The three consulted again this year and made some interesting tweaks.
New to the lineup are a farmers market omelet (fresh veggies and goat cheese), applewood-smoked salmon (cooked in a smoker in back of the restaurant), frittata Bolognese (scrambled eggs with meat sauce), and seared flatiron steak 'n' eggs (with tomato arugula butter).
Hmmm. Wait a minute, what's this? A "breakfast burger," described this way: "Hand-formed Angus patty, soft fried egg, applewood-smoked bacon, spicy aioli, tomato jam (on a) bun (with) sliced fries" ($8.95).
Ours soon arrived, looking great on the plate (pictured here). The sandwich was well-balanced, the beef juicy, the bacon smoky, the tomato jam and aioli adding nice dashes of sweet 'n' heat flavors. The hand-cut russet potatoes were creamy and addictive, thanks to the sweet 'n' salty seasoning.
For more brunch destinations, look for Blair Anthony Robertson's round-up of Mother's Day brunch destinations, coming Sunday in the Bee's A&E section.
Meanwhile, Fabian's Sunday brunch is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 11755 Fair Oaks Blvd. in the Almond Orchard center, Fair Oaks; (916) 536-9891, www.fabiansitalianbistro.com.