In Delaware, 1808 American Bistro has made a name for itself with a creative menu and an impressive craft-beer selection. The bistro has added an eclectic brunch menu.

In Delaware, 1808American Bistro has made a name for itself with a creative menu and an impressive craft-beer selection.

The bistro has added an eclectic brunch menu.

Our brunch began with a bloody mary ($8), served in perfect balance between mild and spicy, with crispy house-pickled asparagus and green beans as a garnish. (Bottomless bloody marys, greyhounds, screwdrivers and mimosas cost $18.)

The spiked hot cocoa ($5) has a strong cinnamon flavor and is generously supplemented with a spirit of your choosing. (Hint: bourbon makes a nice addition.)

The brunch menu puts a creative twist on recognizable dishes.

As a playful appetizer, the restaurant served honey-glazed sweet-potato doughnuts on our visit ($5).

The eggs Benedict ($15) layers the traditional poached egg and hollandaise with a house-made pastrami, and the short-rib hash ($23) features boneless short ribs served on a bed of hash made with mushrooms and Brussels sprouts.

The hearty corned-beef hash ($14) comes loaded with diced potatoes and shredded corned beef. Ours arrived a little cooler than we expected, especially given the cast-iron pan it's served in, but the house-made corned beef makes up for that with ample flavoring.

The shakshuka ($14) is a rare sight on central Ohio menus, and this version is worth ordering. Shakshuka is a Middle Eastern and North African dish of eggs baked with peppers, onions and tomatoes. The result is heavy on the tomato but adequately seasoned for a rich and filling dish.

One of the signatures of 1808and sister restaurant Veritas Tavern is the 62.5 degree egg. Eggs are poached slowly in an immersion cooker until they reach 62.5 degrees Celsius, the temperature at which the yolk and the white are the same texture. The amazingly creamy eggs can be ordered a la carte ($4 for a pair), but they're difficult to eat with a fork. They're better when ordered on top of the hash or the Benedict, where they function as a rich sauce.

With a creative menu and comfortable, brick-walled setting, 1808American Bistro offers a winning brunch for any crowd.