Bubbles and Brunch

The Jefferson Hotel's less pricey champagne Sunday brunch is back for the summer.



If you appreciate the fine art of ice sculpture, along with enormous mounds of unlimited shrimp and oysters on the half shell, the Jefferson Hotel has brought back its less expensive annual summer champagne Sunday brunch.

Each week, the food stretches from the steps of the grand lobby all the way to the other end near the gift shop. It's impressive.

Normally, brunch at the hotel will set you back a cool $45, but through Aug. 20, you can keep an extra $7 in your pocket and eat ice cream sundaes and three-cheese grits till you drop for $38. It’s a deal specifically targeted at us, the locals with our noses pressed against the gilt-trimmed windows looking in.

"The chefs also enjoy the opportunity to vary the menu a bit with lighter, summer flavors that are perfect for the hotter weather," says Jennifer Crisp, the Jefferson's public relations manager.

And I saved the best news for last: The lower price also includes "all-you-care-to-drink" sparkling wine. Boom.

Call 649-4677 for reservations -- they’re strongly recommended.