With warmer weather fast approaching, brunching at a restaurant with an outdoor patio is a must. Root & Bone, on E 3rd Street, is the perfect spot to do this. The charming Southern-inspired restaurant offers both outdoor and indoor seating and is located in a trendy part of East Village filled with cool eateries and street art. During my outing, I tried the buckwheat waffles, fried chicken biscuits, and mac & cheese. All three were exceptionally delicious — the fried chicken was perfectly crispy and paired great with the soft, chewy waffles. Their mac & cheese is just the right combination of creamy and cheesy and was topped with biscuit herb crust, making it satisfyingly crunchy. A bonus? Both the mac & cheese and waffles were vegan! Root & Bone has a few vegan options, including salads, for those with restrictive diets. Also on the menu are other comfort food favorites like shrimp and grits, biscuits and gravy, and collard greens. In all, the menu was tasty, affordable, and had a wide variety of dishes to choose from. However, the only con is the joint’s relatively small size, so make sure to plan ahead and make a reservation ahead of time unless you don’t mind waiting a bit. Happy brunching!