The Herald News Mystery Diner: Dancing Marlin in Frankfort Offers Upscale Brunch Experience | By Mystery Diner | Oct. 24, 2017  
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Dancing Marlin Sunday Brunch was recently reviewed by the Herald News Mystery Diner.  The review is presented in its entirety here.

  FRANKFORT – Three reasons made several of us stop at the Dancing Marlin in Frankfort for a recent Sunday brunch. One: We were hungry. Two: It was close. Three: I’d heard the boneless chicken bites were out of this world. One of my companions wanted the house maple bacon, which is made, as is read: in-house.   We were immediately seated and given menus, a carafe of water and coffee, although we could have ordered from the Bloody Mary bar for $6 or screwdrivers for $7.   The menu offered a tempting array of choices, but I was on a mission for chicken bites, which I found halfway down: chicken & waffles: crispy fried chicken, Belgium waffle, blis maple syrup, $14.   For those bringing children (we didn’t), there was also a reasonably priced kids menu featuring French toast, waffles, pancakes, scrambled egg slider, fresh fruit, burger and fries and cheese flatbrad piece, all for $5 each.   One of my companions ordered sausage sliders: breakfast sausage, montemore cheese and eggs, sunny side up. An order consists of two sliders for $9.   The other ordered a menu item called “just eggs” although it also came with thick-sliced toast, potatoes and the in-house bacon this person coveted. This, too, cost $9.   We also split an order of fresh fruit with strawberry yogurt for dipping, as well as one of pumpkin cheesecake bites and an “almost” order of brioche doughnuts topped with cinnamon and served with maple syrup for dipping: $6. I say “almost” because an order is four doughnuts and the Dancing Marlin only had three left that day. But we convinced our server that three was fine with us (one apiece) and out came a plate of three. The fruit was chilled and ripe and really did need the strawberry yogurt. But we dipped just the same, because it was there and because we could.   Our food came out hot and pleasingly plated. The chicken was all that I’d hoped: super-hot, super-tender and super-juicy. The waffles (a little too crispy on the edges but nothing that detracted from flavor) were slightly sweet, hinted of maple and needed no syrup. The sausage sliders were perfectly shaped and tasted delicious, but their recipient had a couple of suggestions for next time: a large bun, thinner sausage and more cheese. The “just eggs” came out medium instead of “over hard,” but my friend pronounced the bacon as “very flavorful” and worth the trip. This person had the same opinion of the potatoes. Instead of the typical hashed browns, these were baby reds, halved and uniquely seasoned with a scrumptious blend we could not identify.   Anytime my coffee went below the halfway mark in my cup, a fresh cup of hot coffee replaced it. Now that’s service! Finally, we passed the pumpkin cheesecake bites and doughnuts. The “bites” were topped with spiced cream and candied pumpkin seeds.   The doughnuts were warm, sugary-cinnamon-y sweet and fun to dip in the warm syrup. We could not decide which we liked best.  So we didn’t. We were more than full when we left, happy and content. Did I say the Marlin’s coffee is amazing? No? Well, I’m saying it now. The coffee is amazing: dark, rich and full of flavor. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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IF YOU GO – WHERE: Dancing Marlin, 20590 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort. WHEN: 4:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday brunch, 10:00 a.m to 2 p.m and Sunday dinner, 3 to 8 p.m. INFORMATION: Call 815-464-6646 or visit www.dancingmarlinrestaurant.com.