Damon Bomar holds forth in Communion's vintage back bar, which now shakes up brunch drinks and late-night libations.

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Landing on The New York Times list of America’s 50 most exciting restaurants right now didn’t exactly make it easier to get a table at Communion. But Kristi Brown and Damon Bomar just gave us more ways to experience the heartfelt Central District restaurant that's been garnering a heap of national acclaim. Communion just added brunch and a Friday late-night happy hour over the weekend.

Brunch is Sundays only, from 11am–3pm. “It’s not a huge menu,” Brown said recently, but dishes like seared prawns over cheese grits and corn bread french toast—plus mimosas, Bomar’s bloody marys, and other daytime cocktails—promise plenty of incentive to make your way to the restaurant in the redeveloped Liberty Bank Building.

Communion doesn’t take reservations for brunch—or for the new late-night hours. Every Friday, the kitchen stays open 10pm–1am with a menu of late-night snacks and happy hour drinks from Bomar’s handsome back bar. Instagram promises an R&B soundtrack for these evenings, and service is indoor only.

Meanwhile—yes. It’s not easy to secure a reservation. Bomar opens up dinner reservations for each month on Resy shortly before it begins, and tables book up almost immediately (watch Instagram for more specifics). But he and Brown want to get the word out: The restaurant keeps “quite a few” of its tables available for walk-in diners; bar seats are entirely first come first served. According to Bomar, the restaurant has been seating most parties within 30 minutes to an hour of arriving. Of course, that was before this latest round of accolades from the Times. But Brown’s food is worth the wait.

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