From sea to shining sea, this country does not lack in brunch options. Here are but a few of the best in the nation.
This city's busiest brunch spot is The Hart + The Hunter, a spot reminiscent of your hipster granny's home. Sidle up to a table and dig in to executive chefs Kris Tominaga and Brian Dunsmoor's rustic, country-style fare. Chow on their eye-roll inducing biscuits, but other bites like the seafood griddlecake or cornmeal fried catfish shouldn't be ignored.
While the Windy City has no shortage of brunch hotspots, there is one standout on the Lakeview-Lincoln Park border: 2Sparrows. At this 60-seat breakfast joint, expect giant Tater Tots accompanying favorites like a crispy pork belly sandwich or biscuits and gravy. Snack on an artisanal pop tart, while you're at it.
Brunch in New York City is a blood sport. One busy spot to check out is Union Squares ABC Cocina, tucked above design emporium ABC Carpet & Home. Helmed by Michelin star Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, this locally focused, globally inspired spot dishes out Mexican-spiced French toast and a wide-range of shareable small plates, ensuring everyone gets to try everything.
Located at Lower Haight, Kate's Kitchen attracts a crowd on the weekend, so come early or be prepared to wait. Fill up on affordable Southern-style comforts like hush puppies and biscuits, or baked orange-spiced French toast.
The District's brunch scene is booming, but if pancakes aren't your thing, head to Oriental East, off the Silver Spring metro stop. Known for its dim sum, this hot spot serves up the little jewels of pork spare ribs, shrimp and taro, served by hustling servers carting the stuff around.
Head over to Old West Austin to indulge in a brunch delivering bang for your buck. At no-frills Magnolia Cafe, tuck into a four kinds of pancakes (try the gingerbread) or grab the Prima Dora, an omelet of avocados topped with lemon sour cream, salsa verde and chipotle sauce.
Island Creek Oyster Bar delivers exactly what its name promises. An extensive raw bar is ripe for the picking, while alternatives to classics dot the menu. For classic New England Shore Food, pick Ethel's Lobster Roll, served on a rosemary roll. There's also the fried duck egg, served with sweet potato hash, chorizo and grilled bread.
Roll into Tongue & Cheek after a rough night out and you'll be glad you did. Upon seating, you're treated to a complimentary cup of Joe. A basket of pastries serves two to four, so consider the sticky-icky buns with brown butter pecan or the Munchkin donut with spiced Mexican Chocolate. For savories, the fried chicken and cheddar waffles are a must.
High Cotton serves updated takes on Lowcountry food while live jazz fills the space. This downtown spot's Southern breakfast cassoulet - with two sunny side up eggs over smoked pork belly, shredded duck, butterbeans, red pepper jelly, sweet corn, baby tomatoes - is a local favorite. Don't miss the bacon apple-glazed donut holes while you're there.
Beatrice & Woodsley is a quirky, cabin-like spot offering some seriously good grub. Start your meal by sharing crawfish beignets before moving on to the Barkin Dogs Breakfast, a spinach omelet with corn-cheddar fritters and a tomato cheese fondue.
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Raised in Southern California, Joseph left the temperate climes of the OC for the chilly winters of Chicago, where he earned his degree in magazine journalism. Along the way, he developed an impenetrable layer of blubber, thanks to the city's deep dish pizza and hot dogs. In recent years, he has edited an online travel magazine, helped produce two international TBEX conferences, and has written about fashion, food, wine, and travel for various online publications. Currently, Joseph is Assistant Editor at Wine Enthusiast Magazine, where he geeks out on his interests regularly. Read Joseph's blog at Pith + Moment or follow him on Twitter.
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