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In this day and age, brunch isn’t just for the cast of “The Hills” to eat, nor is it any longer a ritual exclusive of the late-rising, underfed, and way hungover college youth of the nation. No, brunch has now become that hot, topical “thing” for everyone to do, enjoy, and partake in that you just can’t pass up. It’s like laser tag in the ’90s. Or cocaine before that. America just can’t seem to get enough of brunching these days. Accordingly, a list had to be made for those of you so inclined to join the craze, so here it is, in no particular order. From mimosas to omelets, these are the top brunch spots in the nation.
Where: Dallas, Texas
Why: Nestled into the historic corridor of Oak Cliff just outside the Bishop Arts District, it’s a restaurant in one of the most enjoyable and beautiful areas around. The restaurant has a curated menu of delicious bites by top Dallas chefs at affordable prices, along with a friendly wait staff. It also operates out of a homey-chic, renovated 1920s car garage, which makes for a thoroughly delicious and unique experience.
What To Eat: Duck Fat Biscuits & Gravy, Breakfast Flatbread, Bottomless mimosas.
Toast Bakery Café
Where: West Hollywood, Calif.
Why: Aside from casually being able to affordably dine amongst movie stars (I kid not when I say I sat beside Jennifer Lawrence and her boyfriend, Nicolas Hoult, at this sport in the past) Toast has one of the most unpretentious atmospheres in all of the trendy, glamorous food scenes of Los Angeles. It’s decently priced and filled with a wait staff that’s made up of the less snobby struggling side-job actors. They’re dedicated to genuine hospitality.
What To Eat: The Protein Scramblette, Mint & Honey Iced Tea
Where: Upper East Side, Manhattan, N.Y.
Why: The restaurant has a fun atmosphere and comes up with creative takes on typical diner foods in the midst of the hustle of the Upper East Side.
What To Eat: Red velvet pancakes, oatmeal with bacon and maple syrup, and really anything to drink.
Park Hill Café
Where: Fort Worth, Texas
Why: Homemade scones and bottomless mimosas are complimentary for Sunday and Saturday brunch. It’s also walking distance from Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth.
What To Eat: Anything with the restaurant’s great hollandaise sauce. There’s also a big selection of coffees.
Where: Astoria, Queens, N.Y.
Why: It’s BYOB, cash only, and worth every penny–the smartest dumb food you’ll ever have. Often imitated, never duplicated, and served by the finest crew on the planet, QC will put a baby in you. A food baby. And boy, will it feel good.
What To Eat: Atomic Fireball, deep fried mac and cheese balls topped with Sriracha.
Where: Milwaukee, Wis.
Why: It’s been awarded “Best Hangover Breakfast” multiple years in a row, so yeah. The wait is atrocious, but the food makes it all worth it.
What To Eat: $8 Bloodys made with bacon grease.
Where: Austin, Texas
Why: The restaurant is both indoor and outdoor, laid back, and in the heart of Austin. With huge portions, bright sunshine, a beautiful patio, and a whole Hamptons beach house air to the place, it’s a top spot in the Live Music Capitol that can’t be beat.
What To Eat: Oak Grilled Trout Scramble, Filibuster Gin Cocktail.
Johanssons Dining House
Where: Westminster, Md.
Why: It’s all you can eat and drink for a little less than $25. It has a carving station, an omelet bar, fresh seafood, every pastry and cheesecake ever, and the drink menu includes five different mimosas, Bloody Marys, Old Bay Marys, tequila sunrises, and most single rail drinks. It can make a grown man or woman cry of happiness.
What To Eat: Everything above.