“It’s not quite breakfast, it’s not quite lunch, but it comes with a slice of canteloupe at the end.”
At least, that’s how an early episode of The Simpsons described it. But oh, brunch is so much more! Its popularity has only picked up since the early ’90s. Brunch has become more than a meal — it has become a social statement. Even more importantly, brunch has become a reason to drink cocktails at noon on a Sunday. A delicious reason.
There are thousands of brunch offerings in the U.S. alone — we won’t even begin to try to wrap our heads around the world — all ranging from exquisite to hole-in-the-walls and best-kept secrets. Oh, so many of them are worth our time. We’re sad to say we can’t visit them all, but we’ve narrowed it down to a few hot spots that are worth a special trip.
1. Foreign Cinema (San Francisco, CA)
Foreign Cinema (brunch menu here) is a staple of the San Francisco brunch scene. The eatery offers an outdoor seating option where diners can enjoy dishes like truffle omelets and balsamic fried eggs underneath projector screenings of foreign films. The restaurant captures an airy, light mood perfectly suited towards a casual, boozy meal among friends.
2. Brunch Club Madison (Madison, WI)
This list would be incomplete without an option highlighting the Midwestern tradition of hospitality and hearty fare. Brunch Club Madison offers up such inspired and homey delights as the Eggs Benedicto, featuring two poached eggs on a toasted English muffin with roasted tomatoes, Italian salsa verde, sun-dried tomato hollandaise, and — the kicker — crunchy candied prosciutto. We’ve never seen candied prosciutto, but we’d sure like to try it.