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The 25 Hottest Brunches Across the US Right Now

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Today, Eater turns its attention to the weekend and a meal that, despite having its share of detractors, can actually be a life-saving, spectacular experience when done right. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the Eater Brunch Heatmap, a look at the 25 restaurants across America that are simply killing it during those nebulous weekend hours between breakfast and dinner. Listed in alphabetical order, all of these buzzy picks have been serving brunch for a year or less and are garnering major raves in their respective cities.

These restaurants go beyond the predictable eggs Benedict-filled menus that draw the ire of brunch critics. In Portland, Ore., there's a Spanish-inspired brunch menu from Jose Chesa in which eggs are served with blood sausage and Catalan beans (Ataula), while Philadelphia chef Eli Kulp makes his egg sandwiches with pastrami (High Street on Market). Not to mention the hotspot in San Francisco's Mission district that offers slow-cooked eggs with pork belly and dashi (Namu Gaji) or the Seattle newcomer with corned rabbit hash on the menu (Roux). Some restaurants are also upgrading brunch cocktails from the standard mimosa/Bloody Mary choice: a Dallas restaurant serves a Michelada made with "cobra blood" (Chino Chinatown), while San Franciscans switch it up with a smoked strawberry mescal mimosa (Hi Lo BBQ).

Most of these brunches can be found at restaurants that are equally new — including Tim Maslow's Ribelle in Brookline, Paul Kahan's Nico Osteria in Chicago, and Andrew Carmellini's Lafayette in New York — but that's not always the case. New York City stalwart Momofuku Ssam Bar and Atlanta's Cakes & Ale have both recently launched brunch menus that are already insanely popular. Straight ahead, all the eggs, bacon, and booze that make Sunday morning a little bit easier.


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1. Ataula

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1818 NW 23rd Pl
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 894-8904
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2. Bassett Street Brunch Club

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444 W Johnson St
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 467-5051
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3. Cakes & Ale Restaurant

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155 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-7994
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4. Caracol

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2200 Post Oak Blvd Ste 160
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 622-9996
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5. Chino Chinatown

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3011 Gulden Ln Ste 110
Dallas, TX 75212
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6. Comida @ The Source

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3350 Brighton Boulevard
Denver, CO 80216
(303) 296-2747
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7. Commonwealth

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11 Broad Canal Way
Cambridge, MA 02142
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8. El Camino

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1314 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40291
(502) 454-5417
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9. Hi Lo BBQ

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3416 19th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 874-9921
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10. High Street on Market

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308 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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11. LA Chapter

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927 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 235-9660
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12. Lafayette

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380 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 533-3000
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13. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 332-3333
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14. Marais

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17051 Kercheval Ave
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230
(313) 343-8800
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15. Maurepas Foods

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3200 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 267-0072
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16. Momofuku Ssäm Bar

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207 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-3500
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17. Namu Gaji

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499 Dolores St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 431-6268
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18. Nico Osteria

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1015 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 994-7100
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19. Piccolo

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111 Middle St
Portland, ME 04101
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20. Ribelle

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1665 Beacon St
Brookline, MA
(617) 232-2322
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21. Roux

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4201 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-5420
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22. Scopa Italian Roots

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2905 Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 821-1100
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23. The Buttered Tin

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237 7th Street East
Saint Paul, MN 55101
(651) 224-2300
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24. Tongue & Cheek

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431 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 704-2900
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25. Warehouse

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45 1/2 Spring Street
Charleston, SC
(843) 202-0712
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1. Ataula

1818 NW 23rd Pl, Portland, OR 97210
[Photo: Dina Avila]
1818 NW 23rd Pl
Portland, OR 97210

2. Bassett Street Brunch Club

444 W Johnson St, Madison, WI 53703
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444 W Johnson St
Madison, WI 53703

3. Cakes & Ale Restaurant

155 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030
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155 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030

4. Caracol

2200 Post Oak Blvd Ste 160, Houston, TX 77056
[Photo: Max Burkhalter]
2200 Post Oak Blvd Ste 160
Houston, TX 77056

5. Chino Chinatown

3011 Gulden Ln Ste 110, Dallas, TX 75212
[Photo: Garrett Hall/Eater Dallas]
3011 Gulden Ln Ste 110
Dallas, TX 75212

6. Comida @ The Source

3350 Brighton Boulevard, Denver, CO 80216
[Photo: Adam Larkey/Eater Denver]
3350 Brighton Boulevard
Denver, CO 80216

7. Commonwealth

11 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge, MA 02142
[Photo: Meg Jones Wall]
11 Broad Canal Way
Cambridge, MA 02142

8. El Camino

1314 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40291
[Photo: Whitney Harrod Morris]
1314 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40291

9. Hi Lo BBQ

3416 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
[Photo: Blair Sneddon]
3416 19th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

10. High Street on Market

308 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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308 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

11. LA Chapter

927 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015
[Photo: Elizabeth Daniels]
927 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015

12. Lafayette

380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003
[Photo: Daniel Krieger]
380 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10003

13. Le Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
[Photo: Missy Frederick/Eater DC]
1601 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

14. Marais

17051 Kercheval Ave, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230
[Photo: Michelle and Chris Gerard]
17051 Kercheval Ave
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230

15. Maurepas Foods

3200 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70117
favorite brunch spot[Photo: Josh Brasted]
3200 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117

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16. Momofuku Ssäm Bar

207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
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207 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

17. Namu Gaji

499 Dolores St, San Francisco, CA 94110
[Photo: Molly DeCoudreaux]
499 Dolores St
San Francisco, CA 94110

18. Nico Osteria

1015 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
[Photo: Marc Much/Eater Chicago]
1015 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

19. Piccolo

111 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101
[Photo: Tom Minervino/Eater Maine]
111 Middle St
Portland, ME 04101

20. Ribelle

1665 Beacon St, Brookline, MA
[Photo: Nick DiNatale]
1665 Beacon St
Brookline, MA

21. Roux

4201 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
[Photo: Suzi Pratt]
4201 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

22. Scopa Italian Roots

2905 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA