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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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Eater PDX's 2013 Chef of the Year Jose Chesa launched a Spanish-style brunch at his new tapas restaurant Ataula back in September and it has been hot ever since. Eater PDX writes that these "beautiful, deceptively filling brunch plates offer twists on familiar brunch dishes (eggs arrive with blood sausage and Catalan beans; croissants are stuffed with Serrano ham and served with a savory tomato jam)." [Photo: Dina Avila]

2. Bassett Street Brunch Club

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444 W Johnson St
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 467-5051
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Bassett Street Brunch Club recently opened in the ground floor of a Madison hotel, offering a diner-style menu of brunch favorites. All day long, this restaurant has French toast, corned beef hash, chilaquiles, a pastrami reuben, sausage banh mi and the like. [Photo]

3. Cakes & Ale Restaurant

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155 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-7994
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Though Cakes & Ale has long been a place for quality dining in Atlanta, the restaurant announced in January that it was going to launch a Sunday brunch in addition to the coffee and light baked goods already available at its cafe next door. Per Eater Atlanta, this brunch menu offers more baked goods as well as omelets, yeasted waffles, and a full bar serving brunch drinks. [Photo]

4. Caracol

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2200 Post Oak Blvd Ste 160
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 622-9996
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Houston hotness Caracol launched its Sunday brunch service in early February. Eater Houston reports that this seafood restaurant from local legends Tracy Vaught and Hugo Ortega is serving a brunch menu that includes traditional Mexican breakfast dishes like chilaquiles and migas, as well as oven-roasted oysters, seafood-stuffed poblanos, and more. [Photo: Max Burkhalter]

5. Chino Chinatown

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3011 Gulden Ln Ste 110
Dallas, TX 75212
Located in the white-hot Trinity Groves complex, Chino Chinatown is the hottest place in Dallas right now for all those seeking brunch cocktails. Alongside the Latin-Asian restaurant’s dim sum Sunday brunch, general manager/cocktail wizard Ian Reilly has put together a drinks menu that includes concoctions such as the coconut horchata fizz, as well as a take on the classic Michelada made with "cobra blood" — actually a house made Bloody Mary mix. [Photo: Garrett Hall/Eater Dallas]

6. Comida @ The Source

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3350 Brighton Boulevard
Denver, CO 80216
(303) 296-2747
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Rayme Rossello’s Mexican street food truck-turned-cantina Comida opened last year at The Source’s culinary development — winning Eater Denver’s So Hot Right Now award for 2013 — and finally launched brunch this Winter. This Sunday brunch has it all: lemon queso fresco pancakes, chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, a breakfast torta, tacos, fried chicken, and more. [Photo: Adam Larkey/Eater Denver]

7. Commonwealth

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11 Broad Canal Way
Cambridge, MA 02142
Back in December, Cambridge's highly anticipated Commonwealth launched what chef/owner Steve "Nookie" Postal dubbed a "Marky Mark and the Funky Brunch" menu. And this brunch has become quite the hit in Boston with a menu that features dollar oysters, stuffed French toast, a "dirty Jersey" egg sandwich, doughnut holes, and more. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]

8. El Camino

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1314 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40291
(502) 454-5417
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One of America's most anticipated openings last year, El Camino is getting even more buzz now in Louisville with the launch of its brunch menu in January. This casual Mexican/surfer/tiki inspired restaurant revealed the brunch menu to Eater Louisville, which includes a variety of tacos, biscuits and chorizo gravy, plantain pancakes, chilaquiles, and more. [Photo: Whitney Harrod Morris]

9. Hi Lo BBQ

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3416 19th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 874-9921
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San Francisco's popular Hi Lo BBQ has been open for a year, but it only launched Sunday brunch last month, per Eater SF. And this is a brunch menu with its priorities straight: the brunch cocktail list is just as long as the list of entrees with options like a smoked strawberry mescal mimosa or a Hi Lo jerk mary with pork fat washed rye and Caribbean barbecue spice. [Photo: Blair Sneddon]

10. High Street on Market

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308 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Eli Kulp took Philadelphia by storm when he moved there from New York City — and, specifically, Torrisi Italian Specialties — and his new restaurant High Street on Market is currently crushing Philly's brunch scene, too. Eater Philly writes that High Street on Market "attained elite status among the city's brunch options as soon as it opened its doors, thanks to a stellar, seasonal menu from chef Eli Kulp and exceptional breads and pastries from Alex Bois and Sam Kincaid." Dishes include egg sandwiches with pastrami, and molasses-and-blackberry cream puffs. [Photo: Facebook]

11. LA Chapter

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927 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 235-9660
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Chef Ken Addington's stunning LA Chapter at the new Ace Hotel in Downtown LA is charming the city with much more than its checkered dining room. The newcomer has already landed on Eater LA's list of the city's hottest brunches for a menu that includes dishes such as ruby red grapefruit brûlée, oysters, a Moroccan scramble, and more. [Photo: Elizabeth Daniels]

12. Lafayette

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380 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 533-3000
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Andrew Carmellini's all-day French brasserie launched its brunch menu at the end of May 2013 and has been one of New York's hottest ever since. Dishes include a croissant egg sandwich with French ham and gruyere, smoked salmon Benedict, Brussels-style waffle with Nutella, plus plenty of pastries from Lafayette's bakery. There are also fresh juices and brunch cocktails like a basque shandy or Bloody Marie. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]

13. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 332-3333
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Though it's nearing the end of its eligibility for heatmap inclusion, Stephen Starr's DC brasserie Le Diplomate has made quite the splash on the DC dining scene, including when it comes to brunch. An extensive menu includes eggs boudin noir, quiche lorraine, poached eggs basquaise, and a duck confit hash that the Washington Post calls "a hidden gem." [Photo: Missy Frederick/Eater DC]

14. Marais

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17051 Kercheval Ave
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230
(313) 343-8800
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The brunch menu at chef David Gilbert’s hugely popular suburban Detroit restaurant Marais is already earning rave reviews from local critics despite having only launched in early February. Swooning over a tower of French pastries and the lobster crepe Benedict, Detroit Free Press critic Sylvia Rector writes that "Marais’ new brunch is sure to become a destination in its own right." [Photo: Michelle and Chris Gerard]

15. Maurepas Foods

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3200 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 267-0072
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Two-year-old Maurepas Foods finally launched a weekend brunch at the beginning of this year in New Orleans. Within weeks, it was certified as a favorite brunch spot for Eater NOLA readers thanks to specials like breakfast tacos, a chorizo flatbread, a patty melt, and more. [Photo: Josh Brasted]

16. Momofuku Ssäm Bar

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207 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-3500
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There's always plenty of buzz about Momofuku Ssam Bar, but it only got louder back in December with the launch of a brunch service. Eater NY notes that guests can order the restaurant's signature bo ssäm and rotisserie duck ssäm if available, but that this menu includes things like duck bacon tacos, kimchi deviled eggs, a variety of raw bar items, and benton's ham steak. Not to mention the very popular smoked salmon buns. [Photo: Facebook]

17. Namu Gaji

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499 Dolores St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 431-6268
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Open in the Mission for nearly two years now, Namu Gaji finally put its contemporary Korean spin on brunch this past Fall. Eater SF named it one of the city's best new brunches to try, offering a tantalizing description of a menu that, "includes a hangtown Benedict with fried oysters, slow-cooked eggs with pork belly and dashi, and hangover helpers like okonomiyaki, gamja fries, and Korean fried chicken." [Photo: Molly DeCoudreaux]

18. Nico Osteria

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1015 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 994-7100
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Nico Osteria — Chicago chef/restaurateur Paul Kahan’s greatly anticipated new restaurant — debuted its brunch menu at the beginning of this month. According to Eater Chicago, this brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with dishes like cotechino verde sausage served with lentils, salsa verde and a sunny-side up egg. [Photo: Marc Much/Eater Chicago]

19. Piccolo

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111 Middle St
Portland, ME 04101
Former Daniel Boulud acolytes Damian Sansonetti and Ilma Lopez opened Portland newcomer Piccolo back in September and shortly thereafter added brunch to the Italian restaurant's offerings. According to the Portland Press Herald, the brunch menu here "may include spaghetti carbonara, Italian toast with Mission fig and orange conserva and a frittata with or without Abruzzi sausage." [Photo: Tom Minervino/Eater Maine]

20. Ribelle

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1665 Beacon St
Brookline, MA
(617) 232-2322
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Chef Tim Maslow’s Brookline newcomer Ribelle has been incredibly popular since its August debut — just this week nabbing a James Beard Awards semifinalist nod for Best New Restaurant — and now it has a hot new brunch to match. Launched in late January, Ribelle's brunch menu includes the likes of bomboloni, banana bread pancakes, cereal-crusted french toast, and truffle egg toast. Check out the menu over on Eater Boston. [Photo: Nick DiNatale]

21. Roux

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4201 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-5420
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There were pretty insane levels of anticipation for the opening of Seattle's self-described "French Creole-inspired" Roux back in November, and brunch has been just as buzzy. Roux offers a few varieties of Benedicts, plus corned rabbit hash, an andouille breakfast burrito, a malted waffle, and more. [Photo: Suzi Pratt]

22. Scopa Italian Roots

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2905 Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 821-1100
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Former Top Chef cheftestapant Antonia Lofaso opened Scopa in Venice Beach back in November, lighting up the scene with a California-Italian restaurant and bar that serves until 2 a.m. Now, as of this past weekend, Scopa is also offering a weekend brunch service. Per Scopa's Facebook page, they're serving Zona Rosa coffee and dishes like farina with currants, pine nuts, brown sugar, and cream. [Photo: Elizabeth Daniels]

23. The Buttered Tin

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237 7th Street East
Saint Paul, MN 55101
(651) 224-2300
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The Buttered Tin has been the go-to spot for breakfast and brunch since it opened in St. Paul this past June. Dishes include loaded hash browns, huevos rancheros Benedict, banana foster french toast, and various salads and sandwiches. And, as Eater Minneapolis wrote in its latest brunch heatmap, "Don't forget to check out the bakery case with their homemade versions of ho hos and twinkies." [Photo: Facebook]

24. Tongue & Cheek

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431 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 704-2900
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Tongue & Cheek's brunch launched in June of last year, but it's still blazing hot in Miami Beach. The menu includes lemon ricotta pancakes, fried chicken and cheddar waffles, a beef cheek burger with pimento cheese and sweet onions on brioche, braised brisket Benedict, and a smattering of pastries and raw bar options. And, of course, booze. [Photo: Facebook]

25. Warehouse

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45 1/2 Spring Street
Charleston, SC
(843) 202-0712
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Already named one of the hottest cocktail bars in America, Warehouse is a double-threat with one of America’s buzziest brunches. This Charleston bar opened in July and launched a brunch menu in September that has kept the buzz going strong with regularly changing menu (think huevos rancheros, beef short rib eggs Benedict, and more) that’s served all day long. Oh, and the happy hour drink prices don’t hurt either. [Photo: Rémy Thurston/Eater Charleston]

1. Ataula

1818 NW 23rd Pl, Portland, OR 97210
Eater PDX's 2013 Chef of the Year Jose Chesa launched a Spanish-style brunch at his new tapas restaurant Ataula back in September and it has been hot ever since. Eater PDX writes that these "beautiful, deceptively filling brunch plates offer twists on familiar brunch dishes (eggs arrive with blood sausage and Catalan beans; croissants are stuffed with Serrano ham and served with a savory tomato jam)." [Photo: Dina Avila]
1818 NW 23rd Pl
Portland, OR 97210

2. Bassett Street Brunch Club

444 W Johnson St, Madison, WI 53703
Bassett Street Brunch Club recently opened in the ground floor of a Madison hotel, offering a diner-style menu of brunch favorites. All day long, this restaurant has French toast, corned beef hash, chilaquiles, a pastrami reuben, sausage banh mi and the like. [Photo]
444 W Johnson St
Madison, WI 53703

3. Cakes & Ale Restaurant

155 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030
Though Cakes & Ale has long been a place for quality dining in Atlanta, the restaurant announced in January that it was going to launch a Sunday brunch in addition to the coffee and light baked goods already available at its cafe next door. Per Eater Atlanta, this brunch menu offers more baked goods as well as omelets, yeasted waffles, and a full bar serving brunch drinks. [Photo]
155 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030

4. Caracol

2200 Post Oak Blvd Ste 160, Houston, TX 77056
Houston hotness Caracol launched its Sunday brunch service in early February. Eater Houston reports that this seafood restaurant from local legends Tracy Vaught and Hugo Ortega is serving a brunch menu that includes traditional Mexican breakfast dishes like chilaquiles and migas, as well as oven-roasted oysters, seafood-stuffed poblanos, and more. [Photo: Max Burkhalter]
2200 Post Oak Blvd Ste 160
Houston, TX 77056

5. Chino Chinatown

3011 Gulden Ln Ste 110, Dallas, TX 75212
Located in the white-hot Trinity Groves complex, Chino Chinatown is the hottest place in Dallas right now for all those seeking brunch cocktails. Alongside the Latin-Asian restaurant’s dim sum Sunday brunch, general manager/cocktail wizard Ian Reilly has put together a drinks menu that includes concoctions such as the coconut horchata fizz, as well as a take on the classic Michelada made with "cobra blood" — actually a house made Bloody Mary mix. [Photo: Garrett Hall/Eater Dallas]
3011 Gulden Ln Ste 110
Dallas, TX 75212

6. Comida @ The Source

3350 Brighton Boulevard, Denver, CO 80216
Rayme Rossello’s Mexican street food truck-turned-cantina Comida opened last year at The Source’s culinary development — winning Eater Denver’s So Hot Right Now award for 2013 — and finally launched brunch this Winter. This Sunday brunch has it all: lemon queso fresco pancakes, chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, a breakfast torta, tacos, fried chicken, and more. [Photo: Adam Larkey/Eater Denver]
3350 Brighton Boulevard
Denver, CO 80216

7. Commonwealth

11 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge, MA 02142
Back in December, Cambridge's highly anticipated Commonwealth launched what chef/owner Steve "Nookie" Postal dubbed a "Marky Mark and the Funky Brunch" menu. And this brunch has become quite the hit in Boston with a menu that features dollar oysters, stuffed French toast, a "dirty Jersey" egg sandwich, doughnut holes, and more. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]
11 Broad Canal Way
Cambridge, MA 02142

8. El Camino

1314 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40291
One of America's most anticipated openings last year, El Camino is getting even more buzz now in Louisville with the launch of its brunch menu in January. This casual Mexican/surfer/tiki inspired restaurant revealed the brunch menu to Eater Louisville, which includes a variety of tacos, biscuits and chorizo gravy, plantain pancakes, chilaquiles, and more. [Photo: Whitney Harrod Morris]
1314 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40291

9. Hi Lo BBQ

3416 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
San Francisco's popular Hi Lo BBQ has been open for a year, but it only launched Sunday brunch last month, per Eater SF. And this is a brunch menu with its priorities straight: the brunch cocktail list is just as long as the list of entrees with options like a smoked strawberry mescal mimosa or a Hi Lo jerk mary with pork fat washed rye and Caribbean barbecue spice. [Photo: Blair Sneddon]
3416 19th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

10. High Street on Market

308 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Eli Kulp took Philadelphia by storm when he moved there from New York City — and, specifically, Torrisi Italian Specialties — and his new restaurant High Street on Market is currently crushing Philly's brunch scene, too. Eater Philly writes that High Street on Market "attained elite status among the city's brunch options as soon as it opened its doors, thanks to a stellar, seasonal menu from chef Eli Kulp and exceptional breads and pastries from Alex Bois and Sam Kincaid." Dishes include egg sandwiches with pastrami, and molasses-and-blackberry cream puffs. [Photo: Facebook]
308 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

11. LA Chapter

927 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Chef Ken Addington's stunning LA Chapter at the new Ace Hotel in Downtown LA is charming the city with much more than its checkered dining room. The newcomer has already landed on Eater LA's list of the city's hottest brunches for a menu that includes dishes such as ruby red grapefruit brûlée, oysters, a Moroccan scramble, and more. [Photo: Elizabeth Daniels]
927 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015

12. Lafayette

380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003
Andrew Carmellini's all-day French brasserie launched its brunch menu at the end of May 2013 and has been one of New York's hottest ever since. Dishes include a croissant egg sandwich with French ham and gruyere, smoked salmon Benedict, Brussels-style waffle with Nutella, plus plenty of pastries from Lafayette's bakery. There are also fresh juices and brunch cocktails like a basque shandy or Bloody Marie. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]
380 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10003

13. Le Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Though it's nearing the end of its eligibility for heatmap inclusion, Stephen Starr's DC brasserie Le Diplomate has made quite the splash on the DC dining scene, including when it comes to brunch. An extensive menu includes eggs boudin noir, quiche lorraine, poached eggs basquaise, and a duck confit hash that the Washington Post calls "a hidden gem." [Photo: Missy Frederick/Eater DC]
1601 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

14. Marais

17051 Kercheval Ave, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230
The brunch menu at chef David Gilbert’s hugely popular suburban Detroit restaurant Marais is already earning rave reviews from local critics despite having only launched in early February. Swooning over a tower of French pastries and the lobster crepe Benedict, Detroit Free Press critic Sylvia Rector writes that "Marais’ new brunch is sure to become a destination in its own right." [Photo: Michelle and Chris Gerard]
17051 Kercheval Ave
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230

15. Maurepas Foods

3200 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70117
Two-year-old Maurepas Foods finally launched a weekend brunch at the beginning of this year in New Orleans. Within weeks, it was certified as a favorite brunch spot for Eater NOLA readers thanks to specials like breakfast tacos, a chorizo flatbread, a patty melt, and more. [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
There's always plenty of buzz about Momofuku Ssam Bar, but it only got louder back in December with the launch of a brunch service. Eater NY notes that guests can order the restaurant's signature bo ssäm and rotisserie duck ssäm if available, but that this menu includes things like duck bacon tacos, kimchi deviled eggs, a variety of raw bar items, and benton's ham steak. Not to mention the very popular smoked salmon buns. [Photo: Facebook]
207 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

17. Namu Gaji

499 Dolores St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Open in the Mission for nearly two years now, Namu Gaji finally put its contemporary Korean spin on brunch this past Fall. Eater SF named it one of the city's best new brunches to try, offering a tantalizing description of a menu that, "includes a hangtown Benedict with fried oysters, slow-cooked eggs with pork belly and dashi, and hangover helpers like okonomiyaki, gamja fries, and Korean fried chicken." [Photo: Molly DeCoudreaux]
499 Dolores St
San Francisco, CA 94110

18. Nico Osteria

1015 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
Nico Osteria — Chicago chef/restaurateur Paul Kahan’s greatly anticipated new restaurant — debuted its brunch menu at the beginning of this month. According to Eater Chicago, this brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with dishes like cotechino verde sausage served with lentils, salsa verde and a sunny-side up egg. [Photo: Marc Much/Eater Chicago]
1015 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

19. Piccolo

111 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101
Former Daniel Boulud acolytes Damian Sansonetti and Ilma Lopez opened Portland newcomer Piccolo back in September and shortly thereafter added brunch to the Italian restaurant's offerings. According to the Portland Press Herald, the brunch menu here "may include spaghetti carbonara, Italian toast with Mission fig and orange conserva and a frittata with or without Abruzzi sausage." [Photo: Tom Minervino/Eater Maine]
111 Middle St
Portland, ME 04101

20. Ribelle

1665 Beacon St, Brookline, MA
Chef Tim Maslow’s Brookline newcomer Ribelle has been incredibly popular since its August debut — just this week nabbing a James Beard Awards semifinalist nod for Best New Restaurant — and now it has a hot new brunch to match. Launched in late January, Ribelle's brunch menu includes the likes of bomboloni, banana bread pancakes, cereal-crusted french toast, and truffle egg toast. Check out the menu over on Eater Boston. [Photo: Nick DiNatale]
1665 Beacon St
Brookline, MA

21. Roux

4201 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103