Brunch Boards & a Bonus

Charcuterie, meet brunch.

Grown-up Lunchables. Let’s all face it, that’s all a charcuterie board is. That’s all it is and yet, and YET. We adore it. Charcuterie boards get the best of the whole universe because, by definition, they aren’t limited to one flavor palette. They are ideal for anyone who loves the concept of buffets but doesn’t actually love, y’know, buffets.

Now, what happens when the charcuterie board meets brunch? Magic, that’s what happens. Fizz & Fork magic. You read about our morning trip to the farmers’ market, and this gorgeous creation was the result.

The chocolate chips really add the it factor

The Process

You’ll notice in our charcuterie brunch board we have waffles, chocolate chips, syrup, Greek yogurt with honey, bananas, a berry trio, peaches, port and fig jam, brie, fresh-baked rosemary bread, and bacon. This can easily be adjusted based off availability and the flavor profile you are going for. We could even go so far as to envision a “meat-lovers” brunch board featuring every breakfast meat under the sun, if that’s more your speed. For this one, we started, as we recommended in our last post, at the market, looking for those signature flavors we felt would really make the board pop. This, for us, was the port & fig jam. From there, we went to our ever-favorite grocery store, H-E-B, to fill in the gaps. We tried to be intentional about choosing a balance of flavors, but within that constraint we really just went for whatever sounded good at the time. Have fun with it!

You can read more about our experience picking up jams at the farmers market here.

Try mixing up the fruit presentation. Leave some whole, some sliced, some halved, etc.

The Results


The key to any good charcuterie, breakfast-themed or not, is a good mix of textures, flavors, and food groups. While we might have gone a little heavy on the fruit, we otherwise think we achieved that here. The port & fig jam ended up being absolutely delectable when spread, alongside the brie, on top of the rosemary bread. The berries and bananas made for an excellent additional topping to the waffles, and the bacon was the perfect bit of crunch. It may not look like a huge board, but this will fill up way more people than you think it will!

What Should You Know Before You Make a Brunch Board?

  • Visit a farmers’ market for the highlight pieces of your board. They’re delicious, support a small business, and also make great talking points when you serve.
  • Mix up your regular pancake or waffle mix with a mix in, like pecans or blueberries. It will elevate the board without adding much time or difficulty.
  • Try to find some clear or antique serving dishes. They make a rough board elegant and are also so fun to look for at thrift stores!
  • Have leftovers? Consider making a couple prepacked “meal preps” out of the ingredients. Mix it up with different combos!
See how these clear dishes add an elegant touch?

When Should You Make a Brunch Board?

This would be a great meal to make when you want to have friends over for brunch and you want to impress them, but have minimal faith in your cooking skills. Boom, the brunch board is there to help. Pour a drop of orange juice into some bubble and you’re ready to go! This is also a great breakfast option for anyone who wants a hearty breakfast but isn’t a fan of eggs!

The Tunes & a Bonus

Our carefully curated playlist from the farmers market is still live and the perfect complement to a brunch board. We know we’ve been grooving to 75 and Sunny nonstop.

We also wanted to share with you a few “Watermelon Sugar” inspired shots. Like mentioned above, we went a little overboard with the fruit purchasing and wanted an artistic way to put them all to good use. We felt these photos accomplished that goal. Also, we got to go to the beach and it was fun! Have a great rest of your week!

Muse Bistro

A brunch to inspire the artist in you.

It feels gooood to be back. Between both of us starting new jobs in the last few months, making some difficult personal decisions regarding the future, preparing for a big move, and Texas freezing over last month, things have been hectic in the Fizz & Fork universe, to say the least. We are finally back to regularly-scheduled programming, though, and nothing feels more normal and right than sitting down to write about a new restaurant for you to enjoy.

Sorry to get so meta on y’all there for a minute. We know why you’re here, so let’s dig right in.

Simple, but it stands out from the crowd

Muse Bistro is Corpus Christi’s newest and hottest spot for “brunch, bites, and booze on the Bay,” as their tagline puts it. The bistro just opened up back in December 2020 and is already making waves on the Corpus Christi dining scene. The restaurant is unassuming on the outside with a simple white storefront and black logo, but gorgeous on the inside. If we were to describe the decor, it would be French bohemian–lots of greenery, rattan, and marble countertops. Even more impressive than the decor? The food, which is mostly brunch with a Cajun twist.

Have you ever seen anyone happier to be holding a guava mimosa?

The Fizz

We started off brunch in the usual way–with mimosas! Muse has carafes of mimosas featuring cranberry, grapefruit, or orange juice. While those are relatively standard, what is not is their standalone guava mimosa,  which, of course, is what we ordered. This drink was heavy on the guava flavor so if that’s your thing, you’ll absolutely love it. It’s a very unique twist on the mimosa. Besides mimosas, Muse has a few other signature cocktails, like “The Bayside” and “The Muse,” which we look forward to trying on our next trip!

Itty bitty waffles

The Fork

The menu at Muse is not expansive, but in our estimation that is because the limited things they do, they do right. We ordered the Papas Bravas, Southwest Avocado Toast, French Toast, and Mini Chicken and Waffle Kebab. Let’s start with our “tapa,” the Papas Bravas. We had something similar to this when we went to MAD that spurred on this choice, and we weren’t disappointed. The sauce is incredible, with plenty of creamy cheese and a dash of spice. The avocado toast was served on very crispy bread and among the toppings were grilled shrimp and an unexpected jalapeño slaw that added a great texture and spice. This dish was filling without being heavy.

Jalapeño slaw. Don’t knock it ’till you try it.

Now, onto the sweet side of things! The French Toast was a classic French Toast. What we found to be the most unique about it was the maple syrup, which tasted like it was mixed with honey. Yum. Then, the pièce de résistance of the whole experience, and what Muse Bistro has come to be known for so far–the Mini Chicken and Waffle Kebab. This dish is not only adorable, but it tastes amazing. The tiny waffles are crunchy and precious, with the same honeyed maple syrup as the french toast. The real star of the show, though, is the fried chicken. These small chicken bites are fried with Cajun spices that are unreal and so flavorful. Definitely recommend! Next on our list? Trying the mini Fruity Pebbles waffles.

Can’t go wrong with a classic French toast.

Things to Know Before You Go:

  • Because Muse’s focus is on brunch and bites, they are open a limited number of days and hours of the week. Brunch is from 11:00 a.m. through 3 p.m. and evening tapas are served from 5 p.m. to close on every day they are open, which is Thursday–Sunday.
  • Parking: Muse is located on Starr street in downtown Corpus, which is, *ahem* annoying to park in. However, you should be able to find a metered spot close to the restaurant or a free spot just a couple short blocks away.
  • This restaurant is not set up with a typical wait staff ordering situation. Instead, customers walk up to the main bar to order their food and drinks, then take a number and wait there for their food to be brought out. 
Crispy and creamy

When Should You Make Your Own Trip to Muse Bistro?

During normal times, Muse would be a great place for a brunch with the gals, or if you’re free on a Thursday or Friday morning, even better, as there’s less of a wait. Upon further research, however, it seems that Muse Bistro is temporarily closed, as all the restaurants on the Coastal Bend are dealing with a severe staff shortage problem. They will certainly be reopened before their Derby event next month on May 1st, but stay tuned to their website and social media for updates.

We hope you can enjoy brunch on the Bayside soon, and we’ll see you back here next week!

Clawmosas

Classic and trendy in one brunch-friendly bundle

As you know from last week’s post, we believe that an absolutely crucial part of any brunch worth going to is the drink you pair it with! So this week, we decided to lean into the “fizz” part of our name with our first cocktail recipe, a trendy twist on the mimosa. 

Mimosas—a combo of orange juice and champagne for those not in the know—are the classic brunch cocktail. MAX’s Wine Dive last week offered options for switching the mimosa up with different juice mixers and flavor profiles, and it turned out to be one of our favorite parts of the visit. We wanted to do the same type of switch up with our recipe this week, to make the mimosa even more fun than it already is! Enter: White Claw Hard Seltzers. White Claws have seemingly taken the world by storm since their release in 2016 and subsequent skyrocket to popularity last summer. You’ve probably heard by now the saying, “ain’t no laws when you’re drinking Claws,” so we figured there was no reason we couldn’t or shouldn’t mix them with juice and serve them with pancakes!

Clawmosa ingredients, all from our local H-E-B

The Process

Step one: pull out your prettiest glasses or champagne flutes. 

Just kidding, although it definitely made us feel like we were doing something right! In reality, all we did was mix our choice of White Claw flavor with the juice we felt would go best with it. Juice has a strong flavor so you won’t lose anything by being a little heavy-handed with the Claw, and doing less juice also means that you’ll still be able to taste the subtler flavors of the White Claw. The ratio we went with and that we recommend is three parts White Claw to one part juice. 

Before we poured, we dipped the rims of our glasses with red cocktail sugar, and while it turned out pretty, we probably wouldn’t do it again or recommend it if you make this recipe on your own. Cocktail sugar isn’t always the tastiest and it can definitely get in the way of the drink.

Here are the juices we used and combinations we tried: orange juice with mango White Claw, cranberry juice with lemon White Claw, peach mango juice with Watermelon White Claw, and organic apple, orange, and carrot juice with tangerine White Claw.

Not only are they delicious, but the juices make for some gorgeous colors!

The Results

All of these were winners in our book, but if it was a competition, the very clear first place prize would go to the cranberry juice and lemon Claw combo. Both of us absolutely loved this one! It was fruity, flavorful, and incredibly refreshing. The twist of lemon brought in the perfect citrus notes. This cocktail would bring the perfect fresh feeling to any summer day, whether it’s at brunch or out on the beach! 

Even though the cranberry juice and lemon was our favorite, there was definitely something for everyone. Mindy also loved the watermelon and peach mango combo, while Catherine really enjoyed the tangerine White Claw combined with the apple, orange, and carrot juice. To be honest, it would be hard to go wrong with any combination you choose!

A fruit garnish adds a perfect pop!

What should you know before you make this cocktail?

  • The White Claw flavors we used (mango, lemon, tangerine, and watermelon) are from the Flavor Collection No. 2 variety pack. The Flavor Collection No. 1 has even more options–natural lime, raspberry, ruby grapefruit, and black cherry. Both variety packs are packs of twelve with three of each flavor, but each flavor is also sold in their own packs if that’s what you prefer.
  • There’s an easy way to make these clawmosas healthier if you’re trying to be more conscious of what you’re putting into your body. White Claw 70’s come in two flavors, clementine and pineapple, and are only 70 calories each, gluten-free, and have zero grams of sugar. You can mix a White Claw 70 with a natural, no sugar added juice or, if you own a juicer, a juice that you make, to create the perfect healthy brunch cocktail.
  • A fruit garnish makes for a perfect extra pop of color. We used strawberries, but lemons would also be perfect!

When should you make clawmosas?

You’ve heard of dinner parties, but why not host a brunch party? Get a few friends together, throw some flapjacks on the griddle, fry up your favorite bacon, mix up a few clawmosas, and enjoy! These cocktails are SO easy, perfect for summer, and will have all your friends convinced you’re secretly a bartender…ahem, I’m sorry, a mixologist.

Did you enjoy this week’s post? Let us know in the comments, and tag us on Instagram @fizz.and.fork if you make your very own clawmosas! Until next Wednesday, xoxo

MAX’s Wine Dive

Dive into your day with brunch at MAX’s Wine Dive

We have been so excited to share this week’s restaurant with you because it also means we get to share our favorite meal with you—BRUNCH.

Not to go on too much of a tangent, but brunch, in our opinion, is the quintessential mealtime. It’s not so early that you feel like you have to drag yourself out of bed to go, but not so late that you can’t enjoy all your favorite breakfast foods. Feel like a syrupy monster stack of pancakes? Fine! Want something heartier, like fried chicken? Great! Want them together? Everything goes! Brunch is truly Hannah Montana-style the best of both worlds…and MAX’s Wine Dive knows how to do brunch.

Caramelized pineapple mimosa and peach bellini

The Fizz

Any brunch savant knows that no meal can truly be considered brunch without a good drink…which is why we here at fizz & fork consider a good drink menu to be just as important as the food selection. Here’s what we love about MAX’s—you can choose a bottle of champagne to purchase and they provide you with a juice selection for DIY mimosas. Orange, cranberry, pomegranate, you name it. If that sounds like too much, they also have a great premade drink selection. From the menu, we ordered a couple bellinis and a caramelized pineapple mimosa. The bellinis were classic, refreshing, and paired nicely with our meal. The caramelized pineapple mimosa was unique and not what we expected. It was good, but tasted almost burnt (if a mimosa can be burnt). Our recommendation is to go with the DIY mimosas to get the most bang for your buck!

The Fork

MAX’s Wine Dive describes their menu as “gourmet comfort food.” From our experience, they don’t have a particular style of food, and there are a lot of eclectic, unique options (like carrot cake pancakes!). We ordered the ham and cheese omelette, the fried egg sandwich, and the honey butter chicken benedict. Each entree was served with MAX’s signature home fries, which were incredible. They were a bit on the spicy side, so be aware, but the seasoning was flavorful and not too salty. The omelette had plenty of hearty ham and wasn’t overcooked as omelettes so often are. The fried egg sandwich was HUGE, and though there was a lot packed into it, the ratios were balanced and no flavor overwhelmed another. Our personal favorite was the honey butter chicken benedict. We cannot say enough good things about it. It’s exactly what it sounds like—biscuits topped with fried chicken, poached eggs, gravy, and honey butter sauce. We were a bit wary of the combo at first, but it proved to be a winner, and it brought together what we love so much about brunch, with sweet and savory beautifully balanced.

Things to Know Before You Go:

  • Parking: Parking at MAX’s on Fairview is either street parking or valet. The valet is tip-based, so make sure you have cash on hand if that’s your plan.
  • The area: MAX’s Wine Dive has two locations in Houston (in Montrose and on Washington Ave), one location in San Antonio, one in Denver, and one in Austin, although the ATX location is temporarily closed at the moment. We visited the Montrose location, on Fairview.
  • Seating: There is indoor and outdoor seating available, but if it’s a nice day, the outdoor seating will go pretty quickly. If you make a reservation, be sure to specify which you prefer.
  • Other meals: MAX’s isn’t just brunch! They also serve dinner, complete with quite the robust wine menu.

So when should you make your own trip to MAX’s Wine Dive?

Brunch with out-of-town friends! MAX’s favorite saying (you’ll find it printed on your server’s shirt) is “fried chicken and champagne..why the hell not?” As evidenced by that motto, it’s pretty easy to find something for everyone—from the classy friend who wants only eggs benedict (it’s fine, we’re that friend), or a simple pleasures kind of pal who just wants to go to town on a good chicken and waffles platter. MAX’s Wine Dive has it all, and anyone you bring is sure to be impressed!

Have you been to MAX’s? When did you go, for brunch or dinner? Let us know, and be sure to subscribe to receive notification emails whenever we have a new post! See you next Wednesday!