The 100 Best Brunch Spots in America: 26 – 50
You know how most restaurants that are labeled “green” somehow also managed to be labeled “snooty’? This tasty Chicago spot with two North Side locations somehow didn’t get that memo. The staff is friendly and the inside has that homey feel. While the food is mostly organic, it’s all delicious. The brunch menu changes based on the season, but there are always a variety of eggs, omelettes, and pancakes. The best way to decide what to order? Look at other people’s plates.
27. Little Dom’s (Los Angeles, CA)
Los Feliz’s Little Dom’s does rustic Italian-style breakfast as if the staff had been up all night making it. The breakfast pizza — wood-fired, blistered on the edges, and topped with a sunny-side up egg and thin slices of speck — is a bit more perfect than anyone has the right to expect on a Sunday morning. It’s also somewhat of a celebrity since it was featured on the Food Network. If that fails to excite, the crisp chewy potatoes, roasted to a deep brown and seasoned with garlic and lemon, will comfort. And any sweet tooth will be pampered by the frothy light ricotta blueberry pancakes.
28. Motor Supply Co (Columbia, SC)
“Farm to Fork” is the motto here! Motor changes their menu not just once, but twice a day to serve up only the finest and freshest culinary experience. They offer a blend of everything French, Italian, Asian, American — something for everyone’s taste buds. And everything at Motor is made in-house, from the stocks and sauces to the delectable desserts.
29. Big Pink (Miami Beach, FL)
We pinky swear you’ll love this next pick. At Big Pink, brunch is basically served all day, every day. Their expansive menu has so much to choose from you won’t know where to start. They cover all the brunch basics and then some. If you’re feeling more like lunch, try the “Pink Daddy Mack” burger. This triple-decker is made with beef patties, cheddar cheese and all the fixins, plus a special pink sauce on a homemade brioche bun. Try a bite of that followed with Pink’s world-famous Polenta Fries smothered in homemade spicy ketchup, and consider yourself pinkified.
30. M. Wells (New York, NY)
At this newly revamped chrome-sided diner in Long Island City, you’ll find upgraded and overhauled diner fare with an imaginative Quebecois twist. The husband and wife team running the operation hail from Canada and have built some impressive culinary chops from working at Montreal’s highly-regarded nose-to-tail joint Au Pied de Cochon. The best strategy here is to pick out the most unfamiliar offerings on the oft-updated menu: cretons — a Quebecois pork terrine — is unctuous goodness spread on fluffy dinner rolls, and the escargot and bone marrow with shallots and red wine puree may make you heart stop from both its ridiculous richness and utter tastiness. And when your server tells you the specials, you better listen up. Poutine — an ingenious Canadian invention involving fries, gravy, and fried cheese curds — and a fluffy blood sausage omelette that could convert even the most conservative eaters have been known to make an appearance.
31. Boogaloos (San Francisco, CA)
For a brunch every bit as vibrant as the city by the Bay, cruise over to Boogaloos in the Mission District. Boogaloos dishes out Mexican-inspired eggs, blueberry coffee cake, savory scrambles, and creative sandwiches. With heaping portions and quick service, Boogaloos brunch is belly filling without emptying your bank account.
32. Hell’s Kitchen (Minneapolis, MN)
The servers take your order in pajamas. Not sure if that’s taking the “feels like home” concept a little too far, but let it slide. Try the quarter pound caramel-pecan roll while dining in the Underground Room that features live music on the weekends. If straining your ear to try to hear your fellow brunch-goers isn’t your thing, ask to be served in the Fireplace Room. And for something truly Minnesota, try the Mahnomin porridge, a hand-parched wild rice served warm with roasted hazelnuts, dried blueberries, sweetened cranberries, heavy cream, and pure maple syrup.
33. Canoe (Atlanta, GA)
Nested along the banks of the Chattahoochee River, inducted into the Nation’s Restaurant News 2005 “Fine Dining Hall of Fame,” Canoe is known for its tranquil waterfront atmosphere and colorful manicured gardens. Unfortunately, there are no boat rides, but there’s a boatload of lavish brunch bites to choose from. Start off with fresh Georgia Pecan Sticky Buns, then chow down on some famous Duck and Eggs, Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, or Brioche French Toast. Your tranquil tummy will be sure to thank you.
34. Moonshine Grill (Austin, TX)
With a relaxed, easygoing environment reminiscent of simpler times, this restaurant will make you feel like you’re “deep in the heart of Texas.” Located in the old Waterloo Compound — the oldest commercial buildings in Austin — Moonshine’s brick walls, multiple fireplaces, dark woods, and classic beauty stay true to its cultural heritage. Sunday brunch boasts an all-you-care-to-eat buffet for $15.95. Add $3.50 for Bloody Marys and Mimosas. This is no ordinary buffet. Fill your plate with sweet potato casserole, buttermilk biscuits, chicken fried steak, deviled eggs, green chile cheese grits, and Bundt cake, all made with love. Your taste buds will thank you.
35. Blue Duck Tavern (Washington, D.C.)
After honing his skills in Singapore, Japan, and Switzerland, Executive Chef Brian McBride can’t not soar. Watch him work at his wood-burning stove in an open-kitchen environment, souping-up brunch classics like a country bacon croque-madame with sauce Mornay or house-smoked salmon on a bagel with cucumber and herb cream cheese.
36. Snooze (Denver, CO)
As the sun rises over Denver, get up and head to Snooze. The energy you need to get you through the day is holed up in this hip yet old-timey joint. The menu boasts endless opportunity: breakfast pot-pies, pancake flights, gluten-free benedicts, and burritos big enough to fill the roundest belly. There is nothing this place doesn’t do right. Two locations cater to the masses, but waits are still long. And the wait is worth it.
37. Sprout (Chicago, IL)
Maybe it’s the lingonberry French toast, their version of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, that’s causes this place’s ego — they boast about the high demand of lunch and the fact that it usually sells out. But we think they deserve to have a big head. Crowded as hell, this place isn’t fit for kids. In fact, they don’t allow children under the age of 12. Maybe it’s for the best: Parents can enjoy a curious Jorge – tequila, bruleed banana, horchata and iced coffee – without worrying about the kiddos spilling their OJ.
38. Hash House a go go (San Diego, CA)
The name of the place makes you think a lap dance comes with your meal, but San Diego’s Hash House fails to produce one. The food however, is sexy — in a Midwestern fresh-from-the-farm kind of way. The restaurant pulls from old farm traditions, serving egg Benedicts rich with pork tenderloin and barbecue cream, and French toast using milk bread. Portions are hill-sized, but that shouldn’t stop you from diving into a plate of sage fried chicken and bacon waffles topped with fried leeks and a maple reduction, and then taking home the leftovers. We also love the Vegas outpost of this spot.
39. Murphy’s (Atlanta, GA)
If you’re a Benedict buff, then Murphy’s ridiculously rich hollandaise sauce will be sure to please. The Crab Cake Benedict and the Eggs T. Murphy (poached eggs and honey baked ham on an English muffin) comes smothered in a decadent blanket of hollandaise bliss. If Benedict isn’t quite your idea of bliss, choose from a number of their other popular brunch items. Don’t forget to stop by their wine shop and bakery on the way out to pick up some Bonzo cake or Toll House pie for dessert.
40. Blue’s Egg (Milwaukee, WI)
If a place doesn’t let you do takeout on the weekends, it must be pretty damn good. Hash browns take up almost an entire column on the drool-worthy menu, and include stuffed browns with aged provolone, fresh basil, and rich tomato sauce. Seems more like breakfast lasagna than hash browns. The crispy blue crab cake, and smoked salmon crepe seem more Miami than Milwaukee, but we’re cool with that. With a long weekend wait, this place is satisfying to even the sharpest cheese head.
41. Blu Jam Café (Los Angeles, CA)
If you ever feel overwhelmed by the number of brunch choices on a menu or underwhelmed by the amount of Angus beef featured in those choices, this Melrose Ave. café’s got you covered — in tenderloin, gorgonzola, two poached eggs, and an herb-chive hollandaise, for example. Though it doesn’t come with steak, the crunchy French toast (topped with fresh fruit and vanilla-bean sauce) gets grilled just the same. But not before it’s been thoroughly rolled in the eternal breakfast favorite: corn flakes.
42. egg (New York, NY)
If you, like most other people who possess working tongues, have steered clear of Scrapple, now is the time to take the dive. At this slip of a restaurant in the heart of Williamsburg, you’ll realize that even the best meatloaf is but a poor man’s alternative to this porky, rich, melt-in-your-mouth Pennsylvania treat. Accompanied by a heavenly ball of crispy hash browns, it’s a brunch you won’t soon forget. As you’d expect from the name, the egg dishes here are bar none too, but aren’t complete without a serving of candied bacon or Bill Newson’s country ham. When you’re all done, you can write a paean to the glorious, fatty fare with the crayons provided at your paper-topped table.
43. Ethos Vegan Kitchen (Orlando, FL)
Turn that vegan frown upside down. Ethos is showing carnivores that there’s a new kid on the block. Sit lakeside on Orlando’s beautiful Lake Ivanhoe and enjoy conscience-clearing vegan beer, wine, and fresh-made bakery items. Honestly, what could be better than delicious food you feel good about and $3.50 mimosas made from Florida oranges?
44. South Congress Café (Austin, TX)
Don’t wait for the weekend to visit Austin’s South Congress Café. Texas-sized portions, high quality, great value, and a funky décor make this daily brunch spot a standout. Located in what was once a drug store, this Austin establishment is keeping its tradition alive by serving food to soothe the soul. Try the carrot cake French toast, Niman Ranch ham, or the eggs Benedict served with a smoked gouda potato pancake. Leaning toward lunch? Opt for decadent burgers, jalapeno-venison meatloaf, or blackened tuna tacos.
45. Flore Vegan (Los Angeles, CA)
Flore is onto something special. All vegan, all organic, half of the menu is gluten-free and the food still doesn’t taste like hay. The tempeh bacon melts in your mouth and the breakfast burrito, loaded with uber-fresh vegetables and potatoes, and served with a spicy salsa, makes even the meat-loving customers turn into drooling, four and five-starring Yelpers.
46. Mama’s Boy (Athens, GA)
A famous and original gathering spot, Mama’s Boy just turned four. If you happen to miss the party because you didn’t wake up ’till noon, don’t worry — breakfast is served until 3:30. However, if you wake up at a normal time, this southern dive is known for the wait, but this is a wait that is so worth your while. The brunch menu includes famous dishes like the tofu stir-fry, the Georgia peach–stuffed French toast, a breakfast taco plate, and chocolate cake for breakfast. If you’re always down for a round of hotcakes, hit up Pancake Tuesdays (everything from blueberry and chocolate chip to carrot cake and dreamsicle).
47. Dante’s Kitchen (New Orleans, LA)
If you really want to rattle your own cage, head down to Dante’s for a Cajun/Creole inspired dishes made with fresh local ingredients, such as the alligator-sausage breakfast sliders. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you heard right. This little concoction contains alligator sausage, as well as fresh mozzarella, scrambled eggs, and habañero pepper jelly piled high on a focaccia roll. If gator doesn’t get your goat, take a taste of Dante’s Eggs Benedict. Instead of the traditional Canadian bacon, it stars rosemary-rubbed roasted pork loin, which is served over a buttermilk biscuit with honey, poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce.
48. Buttermilk Channel (New York, NY)
Come Sunday morning, the siren song of cheddar waffles brings the hungry, bleary-eyed masses from all corners of Brooklyn. The invention may seem a little suspect, but once you’ve taken the plunge you’ll want an excuse to trek to Carroll Gardens every weekend. Variations on the Bloody Mary like The Court Street, made with rosemary-infused vodka and garnished with Caputo’s antipasti, deserve a place in the permanent bar lexicon. If you adhere to the hair of the dog remedy for hangovers, we suggest the Jameson whiskey-based version, a delicious doozy of a cocktail topped off with Sixpoint Otis Stout. Those with a sweet tooth don’t have to miss out either: the pecan pie French toast, smothered with a bourbon molasses glaze and liberally sprinkled with toasted pecans, will have you shamelessly licking your plate.
49. Blue Moon Café (Baltimore, MD)
Some say the coffee’s just diner coffee. Others bad-mouth the tin walls and the unpretentious atmosphere. But everybody else sings the praises of Blue Moon for its huge omelettes, lightly hollandaised Maryland Crab Benedict, and the house specialty: Cap’n Crunch French toast. Drunk on a weekend in Baltimore? Good thing this place opens at 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays, serving the full menu straight through the night. Still complaining about the coffee?
50. La Mie Bakery (Des Moines, IA)
In the land of corn sits a bakery that seems more fit for Paris than the Plains. Nevertheless, Iowans are treated to a taste of Europe with pastries and breads made from scratch. If a cheese Danish, chocolate croissant, or chocolate chip pistachio roll isn’t your style, order one of the many omelette, quiche, or egg dishes. Whatever you do, do not walk out of the door without a trendy macaron. The neighbors will be envious.