SOLID BURGH BRUNCHING
A good brunch is a thing of beauty. You can dress it up and be bougie. You can take it out to dance. Or you can lounge for far too long with too many drink options (my usual arsenal includes coffee, a mimosa, and a bubbly water). In all situations, when you are surrounded with friends and stories that warrant tears of laughter, its a good thing. Increasingly in the Burgh, more options are popping up and we are all about it. Since its never too early to start planning brunch, here are some of my favorites to get you excited for Sunday.
Round Corner Cantina. Yeah I’m are biased. Our monthly Brunch Party with these guys is ridiculously fun. Bottomless mimosas, music by DJ Ed Um, delicious hot churros when you walk in the door, and dancing til late in the afternoon; all in addition to delicious Mexican grub. And its only going to get wilder come summer when we move it to the patio! Its reservation only, so if you want to join us 2/23, send a note to email@example.com and we make sure to get you a table!
Eleven. While the dining room can be a little formal, take to the bar area and kick back. The $35 three course and drink pre fix is one of the city’s best and big enough to split. And since you split brunch, might as well as do the same with a bottle of bubbly. For larger groups, grab one of their private rooms upstairs and make your own party.
Meat & Potatoes. It’s a hard reservation to get for good reason. They have a deluxe bloody mary bar that starts we one of their infused vodkas or tequilas that you can fill with a crazy number of additions. Pair it with chicken and waffles or huevos rancheros and settle in for too much delicious food. Sundays are particularly fun with the addition of a revolving DJ.
E2. While waiting for a table can be annoying, that isn’t the case at E2. They open up their lower level private room and allow you to imbibe your own beverages (and bring you additions like OJ for your bubbly) while waiting for their incredible weekly changing donuts (oh the donuts) and well executed brunch dishes. I can guarantee, it’s all worth the wait.
Tamari. Starting in March, enjoy the delicious twists of the standard brunch fare from Tamari on Saturday in addition to their tasty Sunday brunch. The prefix here is also a steal at $23 for a cocktail, small plate, entree, and their tasty warmed cardamom bread.
Tartine. Rather than reinventing the wheel this little french cafe in the West End is quietly turning out a simple yet none the less delicious brunch with one of the better benedicts you will have outside of Montreal or Paris.
Bar Marco. They encourage you to hang out as long as you want for their bustling brunch. So go ahead and order another exceptional bloody mary (with garnishes like proscuttio/manchego/cornichons) and relax til late in the afternoon.
Some of my other favorites include Park Brugge (also with a killer bloody mary finished with dill), as well as Coca, Kaya, and Smoke (for their breakfast tacos and house made donuts!). I’ve yet to try Stagioni for brunch but plan to change that soon!