50 States of Brunch

Not sure where to place your order for Bloody Mary’s and mimosas this weekend? Here are the can’t miss brunch spots in every state, plus D.C.

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Alabama

While this eatery might sound (and taste!) like a French café, Chez LuLu is actually located in sweet home Alabama – Birmingham, to be exact. Chez LuLu offers the crème de la crème of baked goods, such as European tartes and artisan breads. Brunch at Chez Lulu’s is guaranteed to be très magnifiques!

Alaska

If you find yourself craving a made-from-scratch breakfast in Anchorage, Alaska, we’ve got just the spot. Look no farther than Snow City Café! This downtown hotspot opened its spoon-and-fork doors in 1998 and continues to serve breakfast all day, using only the freshest local ingredients.  

Arizona

It’s no secret that the Grand Canyon National Park boasts some of the most breathtaking sites in the United States, but the Park’s true crowning glory? The premier dining experience offered by the El Tovar Hotel. Don’t pass up the opportunity to order the El Tovar Arizona Prime Rib Hash for brunch. Served with fresh eggs, bell peppers, sweet onions and spicy, green Chile hollandaise – you can thank us later.

Arkansas

Looking for luxury in Little Rock, Arkansas? Enter: One Eleven at the Capital. The kitchen is led by Michelin star, James Beard Award-winning Chef Joel Antunes, and offers a lengthy menu of artisanal foods, made fresh and fit to satisfy.

California

What better way to start a Saturday in Joshua Tree, California than with the hair of the dog? Ask a bartender at Crossroads Café for one of their Cactus Flower cocktails to wash down your Huevos Rancheros and black beans. 

Colorado

Lattes seldom look as lovely as they do here, at Mercantile Dining and Provisions in Denver, Colorado. Stop by from 7-11 AM and try their espresso and cheese pairing or to-die-for coconut bread pudding. Caramelized pineapple compote, candied macadamia nuts and Burton’s maple syrup – all before noon? You can’t go wrong! 

Connecticut

Firebox Restaurant prides itself on using ingredients local to the Hartford, Connecticut area to create a mouth-watering menu. Grab a fried egg sandwich, and don’t forget to ask about their boozy brunch libations. Butterscotch old fashioned, anyone? 

Delaware

Fork + Flask of Rehoboth Beach offers an approachable atmosphere, fresh-caught seafood and was voted for Delaware’s best cocktails in 2016. Sounds like the perfect place to order this weekend's Bloody Mary.

Florida

Versailles Restaurant brings the heat in Miami, Florida with their fully-loaded, Cuban breakfast buffet. Sundays start off on the right foot with Cuban pastelitos, Cuban toast and an assortment of cappuccinos and espresso drinks alike.  

Georgia

Searching for a taste of the South? B Matthew’s in Savannah, Georgia is here to deliver with their legendary fried green tomato benedict! The southern kitchen tops two poached eggs with mixed greens, fried green tomatoes, goat cheese, bacon and momay sauce for a dish you won’t soon forget. Quench your thirst with a refreshing B. Matthew’s Bellini to polish things off. 

Hawaii

Forget about breakfast – on tropical vacations, brunch is the most important meal of the day! Egghead Café in Honolulu, Hawaii takes this seriously. They offer diners a unique menu of east-meets-west cuisine, mixed with local island favorites. 

Idaho

The Garnet Café hails from Coeur d’Alene Idaho and aims to provide patrons with a true farm-to-table experience. Their menu is totally organic, free of all hormones and antibiotics but still jam-packed with tasty items. Case and point? This sticky, sweet stack of pancakes. Yum

Illinois

What’s better than pancakes? Cinnamon roll pancakes. Even better? Pumpkin spice pancakes. You’ll find both at The Bongo Room, located in Chicago, Illinois, but be warned – they don’t take reservations. Be sure to get there early to grab a table!

Indiana

There’s something for everyone at Milktooth, located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Offerings include local apple Dutch baby pancakes, sourdough carrot cake waffles and even a grilled, Fischer Farms ribeye with sunny-side up eggs. 

Iowa

Get your brunch on with an omelet from Le Jardin, located in Des Moines, Iowa. Crowd-pleasing picks include the spinach, bacon and blue cheese omelet and the Brussel sprouts omelet. For a mid-morning cocktail, try the Le Jardin Blackberry-Mint Spritzer. Fresh blackberries, cool mint, club soda and white Bordeaux – it’s just as refreshing as it sounds, guys. 

Kansas

Doo-Dah Diner serves up made-from-scratch breakfast Wednesday- Sunday in Wichita, Kansas. Their best-seller is the Crab Cake Benedict – French-style lump crab cakes atop poaches eggs, crispy hash browns, grilled asparagus and jalapeno bacon crumbles. All topped with a hollandaise sauce, of course. It’s no wonder Doo-Dah was voted Wichita’s best breakfast 2015 and 2016.

Kentucky

This charmer goes by the name, Otto’s and is located in Covington, Kentucky. Step right in and order a fresh, BLFGT.  “What’s a BLFGT”, you ask? The kitchen sandwiches bacon, lettuce, fried green tomato, egg, cheese and mayo between two toasted croissants. Thirsty? Otto’s offers a myriad of mimosas to help with that. Options include, but are not limited to: grapefruit, pomegranate and citrus vanilla spice.  

Louisiana

Take in the tastes and sounds of the city at Court of Two Sister’s “Jazz Brunch” in New Orleans, Louisiana. Feast on Big Easy specialties, like the seafood and shrimp creole omelet, all while enjoying the smooth sounds, made courtesy of Court of Two Sister’s jazz trio. 

Maine

Central Provisions provides patrons with a sophisticated menu paired with reasonable prices. Their Boston Cream Donut features chai pastry cream and chocolate ganache and is the perfect pick to satisfy your sweet tooth. More in the mood for something savory? Central Provisions offers a Bone Marrow Toast, dressed with fontina, horseradish crème and onions. 

Maryland

Do you like big buns, (and you cannot lie)? We’re on the same page, we can’t deny. Lucky for us, Baltimore’s got a big supply. Head to The Bun Shop for sourdough with sweet fillings, pork buns and even classic rye. (With all rhyming aside – their brunch truly is “to-die”.)  

Massachusetts

This theatrical dining room sets the stage for a star-powered menu, courtesy of The Beehive in Boston, Massachusetts. Our nominee for Best in Brunch? The ‘Hive’s eggs shakshuka, veggie couscous and housemade, pomegranate and apple brandy sangria. 

Michigan

Mudgie’s Deli boasts the best brunch in Detroit, with tasty twists on the classics and surprising creations all their own. Our recommendation? The Tempeh Insanity fried egg sandwich. It comes loaded with avocado, pepper-jack, maple caramelized onions, fresh greens, tomatoes – dressed with chipotle mayo on ciabatta bread. Some might say that it’s good, it’s insane.

Minnesota

No need to worry about losing your mojo while exploring Minnesota! Located in Minneapolis, Mojo Coffee Gallery offers delicious house coffees, healthy juices and $2 Espressos that will perk you right up

Mississippi

Go ahead, be bad for once – you deserve it! City Grocery Restaurant located in Oxford offers a tasting helping called the Big Bad Breakfast – but don’t let the name fool you! This hearty serving of eggs, meat and scratch-made biscuit is nothing but good. Pair it with The Sandy, (salty-dog vodka, fresh-squeezed grapefruit and salted rim), to make your morning a little more fun and a little less memorable. 

Missouri

Keep things sweet in St. Louis with an order of the legendary Tess’ Toast from Half and Half restaurant. Topped with whipped butter, lemon curd, fresh blueberries and powdered sugar – this toast is transformative.  If you’re more in the mood for pancakes, H+H offers them too. Word of the wise – ask to have your cakes cooked in bacon fat. It’s their specialty! 

Montana

Luck of the Irish, in cowboy country? That’s just what you’ll find at The Celtic Cowboy in Great Falls, Montana. This pub offers some of the tastiest, heartiest grub in big-sky country. Their best-selling Scotch eggs, O’Brien potatoes and Dingle Bay Breakfast Sandwich are sure to keep you full and happy, all morning long. 

Nebraska

Cinnamon rolls are glorious all on their own but adding a caramel drizzle ups the ante on this sweet-treat in a major way. Bread + Cup serves up just that for an ooey-gooey, desert-for-breakfast delight in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

Nevada

Sin city for Sunday brunch? Yes, please. Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas serves up a mean brunch buffet that you won’t want to miss. Did we mention bottomless mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and house wines? Run, don’t walk. 

New Hampshire

The grand dining room in New Hampshire’s noteworthy hotel, Wentworth by the Sea, serves up an array of brunch favorites from chef-manned cooking stations. For an added touch of magic, Wentworth invites guests to enjoy flutes of bubbly and live jazz with their meals.

New Jersey

Booze up your brunch at The Continental in Atlantic City – you are in Atlantic City, after all. They offer a full bar and have the usual mimosa and Bloody Mary’s, but we recommend asking for their (spiked!) brunch smoothie. With the fresh, fruit flavors changing on the daily and a fully-stocked bar — the fun never stops.

New Mexico

Tune-Up Café offers a menu that celebrates flavors local to Santa Fe, New Mexico. For brunch, grab an order of Huevos El Salvadorenos – scrambled eggs with scallions and tomatoes paired with refried beans, pan-fried banana, and corn tortillas. 

New York

Duck into Brooklyn’s best-kept brunch spot for a mid-morning feast! Lodge has an impressive menu but our pick goes to their Chorizo Corncakes. The masa cakes and poached egg, pico and creamy, avocado sour cream will not disappoint.

North Carolina

Asheville's crowning glory (second only to the Biltmore House, of course!) is brunch at Biscuit Head. The Brisket Biscuit, pictured here, comes with brisket, pickled onion, smoked chevre, poached egg and a spicy buffalo hollandaise. Another crowd-pleaser is the Mimosa Fried Chicken Biscuit, prepared with fried chicken, sweet potato butter, sriracha slaw and a poached egg to finish. 

North Dakota

You will find North Dakota’s best brunch in Fargo’s, The Boiler Room. Scotch eggs are their specialty and they serve ‘em up with spicy maple aioli, fresh fruit and three-cheese tater tots on the side. (Who knew it was possible to make tater tots three-times tastier than they already are?)

Ohio

You’ve got your pick of pancakes at The Pancake House, located in Woodmere, Ohio. This hot-cake hot-spot has the exact same menu since its opening in 1953! Choose from an array of authentic, international recipes, such as Swedish pancakes, classic buttermilk or Georgia Pecan pancakes. The Pancake House’s most transcendent offering? The bacon pancake

Oklahoma

Cheever’s Café is a true gem in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This charming eatery is located in a historic OKC property. Expect to be greeted by an ultra-glamorous art-deco storefront and a menu full of tasty options to jumpstart your weekend. Life-altering chicken and waffles, anyone? (Also, the Cheever’s brunch punch is always a good idea. Just trust us on that one.)

Oregon

When in Oregon, do as the Oregonians do – keep Portland weird and keep Tasty n Alder in mind for your weekend brunch. Their menu is one of a kind, boasting fried oyster and bacon biscuits (Tasty Hangtown Fry) and cognac cold press coffee punch. Our favorite, though? Tasty n Alder’s Grown Ass Milkshakes – Kahlua, combier, Bacardi and ice cream, all before noon? Weird, but wonderful.  

Pennsylvania

Talula’s Garden is out to prove that Philly’s got way more to offer than cheesesteaks. Snag a table in their lush dining room and enjoy the fresh air. You’ll be glad you ordered Talula’s signature lox plate –housemade rye, gin and dill cured king salmon gravlax, herb cream cheese and radish and fennel salad. 

Rhode Island

Who said brunch had to break the bank? Located in Newport, The Corner Café offers a taste of Rhode Island with a European flair – all with wallet-friendly prices. For a sweet start, try the fresh berries banana and sweet cream-filled – Portley’s Stuffed Portuguese French Toast. It’s just as dreamy as it sounds. Another plus? The Corner Café is BYOB, i.e. boozy-brunches have never been easier. 

South Carolina

Whether it’s southern charm or shrimp and grits you’re looking for – no one quite serves it up like Hominy Grill, located in Charleston, South Carolina. Owner and James Beard Award winning chef, Robert Stehling, first served his take on the brunch classic when he opened Hominy’s doors in 1996.  Charlestonians and vacationers alike drool over the sautéed shrimp, scallions, mushrooms and crispy bacon atop a helping of cheese grits. You’d do well to wash it down with their Blackberry Collins cocktail. 

South Dakota

Sample the best of Sioux Falls, South Dakota at Roll’n Pin. Live with no regrets and order some of their gravy-smothered goodies. They serve up a biscuit + gravy platter that is made complete with two eggs to your liking, hash browns and R’n’P’s housemade sausage gravy.  

Tennessee

Eclectic charm is on full blast at Aretha Frankenstein’s in Chattanooga, Tennessee from 7 AM, til closing time at midnight. Aretha’s menu offers 10 totally unique omelets to choose from and even sweetens things up with the Elephants Gerald – a Belgian waffle, topped with scoop of vanilla ice cream, pecan syrup and a dusting of cinnamon. 

Texas

Looking for just one reason to book that flight to Austin, Texas? We present to you: Opal Divine’s housemade Bloody Mary mix. It starts with Tito’s vodka (infused with sundried tomatoes, no less) and pairs with poblano peppers and garlic. From there, OD works their magic with a house mix to create a Bloody Mary unlike any other. 

Utah

Bambara is a bistro located in the historic Continental Bank lobby of Salt Lake City, Utah. If brunch classics, top-notch service and handcrafted beverages are what you seek, Bambara is the place to be. We recommend their Bacon + Mushroom Toast – grilled sourdough, wild mushrooms, fontina, smoky bacon, fried eggs and roasted tomatoes. 

Vermont

Head to downtown Burlington, Virginia to Penny Cluse Café for their sourdough French toast or Gingerbread Pancakes! Ask for fresh bananas and blueberries on top for an added tasty-touch.  

Virginia

Locals of Norfolk, Virginia like their biscuits like their men – sweet and handsome! Handsome Biscuit is a favorite brunch-spot that serves up sweet potato biscuit sandwiches with a variety of fixings, ranging from sweet, savory and spicy. Try the Hot Betty, that comes with fried eggs, seared greens, garlic and Lupo hot sauce, or the Hella Fitzgerald for some fried chicken, bacon and red eye gravy. 

Washington

Seattle has a reputation for killer coffee, but Morsel is here to prove that this rainy city knows a thing or two about biscuits and brunch too! Try their Spanish Fly biscuit, seen here for a flavor combo you won’t soon forget! A buttery biscuit is layered with prosciutto, fried eggs, fresh arugula, manchego cheese and a spicy, pepper aioli. 

West Virginia

Pull up a chair in the funky-fun Bluegrass Kitchen dining room, located in Charleston, West Virginia. Once you’ve settled in with coffee ‘n’ brunch-booze, order a round of Breakfast Potato Skins for the table. They come piled high with scrambled eggs, Vermont cheddar, local bacon and scallions. The housemade salsa and warm tortilla chips on the side make for an added (and incredibly tasty) bonus!

Wisconsin

Mad Rooster Café serves up scrumptious family recipes to Milwaukee-natives. Head in for a brunch comprised of fresh fruit, banana French toast and fluffy, made-from-scratch pancakes. 

Wyoming

Cheyenne’s Luxury Diner prides itself on being “one of the most unchanged restaurants in all of America.” This charming eatery is located in an authentic, historic trolley car that ran through Cheyenne, as far back as 1896. It became the restaurant it is today in 1926, still serves only the best handmade food (and brunch!) in Wyoming. 

Washington, D.C.

Brunch with the who’s who of politics at DC’s luxe, French bistro: Le Diplomate. Their offerings are fresh and sophisticated, ranging from Fruits De Mer platter of assorted oysters, ½ chilled lobster and fluke ceviche, to their popular Foie Gras Parfait. If you’re unsure where to start, we suggest heading straight for the sweets with an order of Le Diplomate’s decadent vanilla bean crème brulee.