by Ian McNulty
If you stayed perhaps a little too late at the bar last night, the prospect of having someone deliver hot coffee and homemade biscuits or English muffins stuffed with ham, cheese and eggs might sound great. Having someone deliver it until the scandalous hour of 2 p.m. might sound better. And having that same someone deliver it from a bar might sound just cosmically correct.
That’s all part of the new food program these days at the Holy Ground, a Mid-City pub where a small kitchen now doubles as a breakfast stand called Wakin Bakin (3340 Canal St., 252-0343) in the mornings and as a bar food window called Edible Alchemy (same contact info) later in the day and into the night.
Conrad Chura and Zak Pizzeck run Wakin Bakin, which from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. serves a breakfast menu ranging from quiche to oatmeal to “pancrepes and wings,” a riff on chicken and waffles made with a pancake-crepe hybrid. They deliver breakfast around the Mid-City and Faubourg St. John areas.
Meanwhile, Thomas Mack, a restaurant industry lifer who’s worked at fine dining spots around town, runs the separate but closely entwined Edible Alchemy. His menu, served from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (and with delivery from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) is mostly about sandwiches and bar snacks but it’s elevated at least rung above normal pub grub. Meat for the turkey po-boy is roasted in house, for instance, burgers combining beef and chorizo and the house-made black bean burgers are served on buns baked here and fried brie croutons might top the weekly salad. You can get hand-cut potato chips with blue cheese sauce or have them made into a platter of “Irish nachos.” On Fridays, the kitchen also makes fish and chips.
In addition, in the off-hours Mack uses the Holy Ground kitchen to prepare cheesecakes and pastries for other restaurants and coffee shops.
“We’re doing all of this out of a kitchen that’s about twice the size of Harry Potter’s broom closet,” Mack says. “We’re fast food, we’re serving it in take-out containers, but if we’re doing fast food our goal is to the best (expletive) fast food you can get.”
Edible Alchemy and Wakin Bakin serve every day except Tuesday. The Holy Ground is open daily.
Wakin Bakin and Edible Alchemy
At the Holy Ground
3340 Canal St., 252-0343