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The Best Brunches in 14 Cities Across the U.S.

By Zagat Staff | May 6, 2015


One Eared Stag in Atlanta

The "super-interesting menu" that offers "fun stuff at both the high and low price points" at chef Robert Phalen's Inman Park spot nabbed the top spot for Atlanta brunches. The offerings consist of "actual brunch dishes, not just eggs and bacon," while the anything-goes Chef's Breakfast is "massive, and it's fun not knowing what you'll get, but being sure that it will be great."

What to order: The Chef's Breakfast is the go-to for an indulgent experience: a silver platter with four or five samples of whatever the kitchen's cooking, served right alongside a can of beer.

1029 Edgewood Ave. NE; 404-525-4479

Dai Due in Austin

The new brick-and-mortar spot from chef Jesse Griffiths features “fresh, unpretentious” food that happens to be 100% local. The restaurant serves breakfast every day of the week, and those in the know like to grab their midmorning brunch on a weekday to avoid crowds. Pro tip: “Bring home some meat for dinner at the meat counter” (i.e. the butcher shop in the back).

What to order: Dai Due breakfast: brown rice with kimchi, a fried egg and sautéed kale.

2406 Manor Rd.; 512-524-0688

Coppa in Boston

This intimate enoteca from chefs-owners Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer nabs the top spot among brunches, luring Boston’s early-ish birds with its spreads of Italian stuzzichini (small bar snacks), wood-fired pizzas and inventive twists on traditional plates, like scrambled eggs with peekytoe crab and mascarpone. When the eatery’s sidewalk patio is open, it’s a perfect place to while away the early afternoon soaking up the South End scene.

What to order: Nothing says “good morning” like cured Italian meats, and guests love the salumi.

253 Shawmut Ave.; 617-391-0902

The Publican in Chicago

Taking top honors is this pork and beer expert, where the brunch features a raw bar with a variety of oysters, “delicious thick-cut bacon” and waffles perfected by pastry chef Anna Posey. “Some of the dishes can get more adventurous,” like pork-belly scrapple with mustard cream and a fried egg. Commenters say it's well worth getting up for, that is, "if you can get in."

What to order: The waffles, served with honey butter and blueberry jam. (P.S. The mix is sold across the street at Publican Quality Meats.)

825 W. Fulton Market; 312-445-8977

Smoke in Dallas

If you're seeking brunch with a barbecue twist inside "funky" digs, this Oak Cliff restaurant at The Belmont received the top rating, thanks in part to being "a great spot for bottomless mimosas with friends." The "great food" is "delicious" and a "great step away from boring, traditional brunch menus." The "amazing eggs Benedict with pulled pork" is a popular suggestion, but "don't forget to get an extra meat side" regardless of your main selection.

What to order: The Hungry Bear: smoked ham steak and farm-egg fritter with a sweet corn griddlecake and Dr Pepper redeye gravy.

Rioja in Denver

Securing the top spot for Denver brunches, chef-owner Jennifer Jasinski's Larimer Square Mediterranean boasts the "best Benedict on the planet" insist fans who also sing the praises of her "great vegetarian options that are out of the box." The "fun and interesting combinations" are delivered by a "friendly and personable staff" in the newly remodeled dining room or on the "perfect front patio" that's prime people-watching territory "when weather accommodates."

What to order: Eggs Benedict with housemade bacon, spinach, tomato and poached eggs (pictured); omelet of the day.

1431 Larimer St.; 303-820-2282

Brennan's Houston in Houston

This Midtown staple, which showcases “the flavors of New Orleans cooking,” took top honors with voters, who gave it high marks for the "elegant setting," "phenomenal" service and "tasty" food. “It’s what brunch is intended to be," proclaimed one voter.

What to order: Shrimp and grits, eggs Brennan.

3300 Smith St.; 713-522-9711

Zuma in Miami

With its “amazing quality” and “awesome food,” this “very scene-y” modern Japanese restaurant inside the Epic Hotel nabbed the top spot for Miami brunches. A “nice buffet setup” makes for “the best value for all-you-can-eat." The location on the water always makes for “good times.”

What to order: Sushi, including creative options like a Wagyu beef roll, displayed on its own buffet table.

270 Biscayne Blvd. Way; 305-577-0277

Locanda Verde in New York City

Andrew Carmellini’s “trendy” TriBeCa Italian serves up “arguably the best ricotta this side of the Atlantic” as well as killer pancakes, two pastas and egg dishes like the Uovo Modenese with cotechino hash, spinach and tomato hollandaise. But note you should “make a reservation WAY ahead of time” or you can always “grab a seat at the bar.”

What to order: Scampi and grits; sheep’s milk ricotta with truffle honey and burnt orange; lemon ricotta pancakes.

377 Greenwich St.; 212-925-3797

Lacroix Restaurant in Philadelphia

Food and service are both "superb” at this high-end restaurant in the swanky Rittenhouse Hotel, where the Sunday brunch buffet provides “excellent choices” in “small tasting servings so you aren’t overstuffed,” plus a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Although the meal is “pricey,” the atmosphere is “luxe” and “perfect for a special occasion” or for those who are “flush with cash.” 

What to order: You can get a little of everything thanks to the buffet format, but don’t miss the eggs Benedict or the liquid-nitrogen-dipped ice cream for dessert.

210 W. Rittenhouse Square; 215-790-2533

Bertrand at Mister A's in San Diego

Considered one of the grand dames of the city’s dining scene, this "posh and pleasing" restaurant — known for its breathtaking views and immaculately composed dinners — holds the top spot for brunch. Diners agree that basic breakfast offerings like waffles and eggs get as much attention and love that mornings at Bertrand also include “beautifully presented and delicious food, just like at dinner.”

What to order: Carrot cake French toast.

2550 Fifth Ave.; 619-239-1377

Marlowe in San Francisco

A recent move to a more spacious SoMa corner spot means additional seating for the weekend-brunch fans seeking out this Cal-American gastropub’s “great, consistent food,” including perfectly cooked eggs, buttermilk pancakes and “amazing” French toast fingers plus a namesake burger that’s popular even for brunch. The “bright, open space” gets loud when it’s packed, but the friendly staff keeps those fresh-squeezed mimosas coming.

What to order: Dungeness crab and rock shrimp crêpe.

​500 Brannan St.; 415-777-1413

Talullah's in Seattle

This chic Capitol Hill hot spot has "a great atmosphere" and "awesome, knowledgeable staff," including a kitchen crew that puts an appreciated "focus on vegetarian options." You might even see the chef walking through the dining room "making sure everybody is happy."

What to order: The lemon curd ricotta pancake is a popular choice, but for those seeking savory, the asparagus-chèvre omelet is "to die for."

550 19th Ave. E.; 206-860-0077

Osteria Morini in Washington, DC

This waterfront Italian spot in Navy Yard might be fairly new to the scene, but that didn’t stop it from earning the top honors with our brunch voters, who love it for the “superb coffees,” “excellent bacon,” “best pancakes,” desserts and the “peaceful and luxurious feeling.” As one respondent put it, “What's better than being able to eat delicious food with a great view?”

What to order: Bacon; prosciutto panini; pancakes; scones.

301 Water St. SE; 202-484-0660