Spring has sprung, flowers are blooming and it is officially brunch season my friends. Each and every Saturday and Sunday present a unique opportunity to eat overpriced eggs and drink mimosas by the carafe. Not to mention, the holy grail of brunching holidays is upon us – Mother’s Day. Skip sending your Mom an edible arrangement or the big bouquet of 1-800 flowers you can’t afford and take the special lady in your life to brunch.
In the name of research, I have traveled far and wide to compile the best of brunch in the 912. Without further ado, I present to you The Brunch Bunch.
Ampersand – Best Bottomless Mimosas (after 12:30 pm, because… welcome to the Bible belt)
Ampersand is home to the infamous “Blues & Brews” every Sunday. It has a great atmosphere with floor to ceiling windows, $10 bottomless mimosas, and well-priced, tasty dishes. This is definitely my favorite spot for a boozy, bluesy brunch downtown. Try the blackened fresh catch for only $10!
Driftaway Café – Best Food
The phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” is ever-present at Driftaway which is located a few miles outside of downtown in the heart of Sandfly. While the exterior may resemble a 1980’s bright blue trailer, the food and consistently overflowing parking lot speaks for itself. While brunch is (literally) only a taste of what they have to offer, it is enough to put you into a nice Sunday food coma.
Nursing a hangover? I suggest the Early Morning Wake and Bake, fresh baked buttermilk biscuits filled with hickory bacon and cheese, smothered with house-made gravy, and topped with diced scallions for only $9! Looking to try something new? Try a twist on classic Egg’s Benedict with the Egg’s Sandfly; crab meat, asparagus spears, two poached eggs and hollandaise served with home style potatoes or fresh fruit.
Treylor Park – Best Bloody Mary
The Bay Street location makes it the ideal tourist trap. Despite its name, the relatively new spot is nothing you’re expecting. The entire menu takes “trailer park” food to a new level of culinary genius for a great price. With menu items including fried bologna sandwiches, grilled apple pies, pigs in a blanket, and fish stick tacos, this place is sure to cure your ultimate comfort food yearnings. Brunch items include a lightly fried chicken breast abed a fluffy buttermilk biscuit and smothered in country gravy for only $9, and the Biscuits Benedict with poached eggs, Applewood smoked bacon, country sausage gravy and fried collard greens over buttermilk biscuits for only $13 (OH BABY!)
But if you’re like me and looking for a liquid brunch, it’s the “Spicy Backyard Fowl” that will make your Bloody Mary dreams come true.
Henry’s – Best Bang for Your Buck
Positioned on the corner of Drayton and Congress Streets, this top-notch location hosts some of the best prices in the city with an entire menu under $12! No alcohol at Henry’s, but you can be sure to soak up the remnants of your drinks the evening prior with their Old Fashioned 2 Eggs and Meat Breakfast which is two eggs your way, two sausage links/patties, bacon, corned beef hash, or turkey sausage served with a side of grits and toast for $4.95. If your head isn’t already spinning and your belly groaning for more, enjoy their breakfast buffet for $9.50. That’s right! Treat yourself to all the eggs, biscuits, bacon, sausage, muffins, and pancakes your heart could ever yearn for.
The Funky Brunch Café – Best Brunch for Kids or Adults That Act Like Kids
The name says it all. Upon entering Funky Brunch, your senses are elated. Unconventional furniture, eccentric light fixtures, and the abundant scent of buttermilk pancakes makes this Broughton Street spot a must on your brunch checklist. You are offered bar seating, tables, your typical booth, or a booth with a flat top. For just under $7, you can opt for the “Flippin Funky at the Table” breakfast option, which includes one bottle of pancake batter, one topping, a spatula, and cooking spray. Funky Brunch is an excellent option for brunching with kids, or adults that act like kids. They offer a wide variety of breakfast foods and a full bar with a higher price tag—and a bit of a wait– but definitely worth the experience!
The Ordinary Pub – Best Hangover Food
Dark. Underground. Woven bacon. These are just a few of the best spoken words when fighting a hangover and all three of which speak to The Ordinary Pub. The Broughton Street hot spot made its way to the brunch world almost a year ago, and I couldn’t be happier about it. When I talk about what happened to me upon my first visit here, I get emotional. It is that good people! I started off with their $10 bottomless mimosas. Upon reading the menu, I knew it was love at first sight. If the dish Mac & Cheese in the Morning isn’t a given for you, stop reading now and consider our friendship over.
This delicacy includes creamy shell mac & cheese, diced ham, diced tomatoes, green bell peppers, woven bacon (WHAT?), Gouda cheese sauce, and a fried egg. I’m really not sure what more you could ask for in this life. It cured me, it saved me, it made me forever think of brunch in a new light. All I can say is The Ordinary Pub is anything but ordinary. Next time you’re fighting for your life with a hangover, stop by The Ordinary Pub, and all of your dreams will come true.
Honorable Mentions: Soho South Cafe, The 5 Spot, and The Collins Quarter