Whether you’re treating mom or just feeding yourself, brunch is arguably the most important meal of the day. Now that the weather is warming up and Mother’s Day is just a few weeks away, it’s time to get back in the game. When the weekend rolls around, we could all use some French toast and a mimosa or two.With flexible leases and all the comforts of a permanent home, Blueground’s short-term rentals in cities around the world help our guests show up and start living, wherever they want to be. Here are just a few of our favorite brunch restaurants in Blueground’s US cities, plus a few recipes you can whip up at home.
Beantown is home to some fantastic restaurants, so it’s hard to go wrong wherever you decide to dine. Just a few blocks from Harvard Yard is Alden & Harlow, where chef Michael Scelfo offers his creative takes on traditional brunch restaurant fare. Try the bacon-studded bread pudding or the sweet corn pancakes, topped with pears and ricotta. The restauarant offers indoor and patio dining, as well as takeout.
Are you looking to splash out a little? Try Cabra, Top Chef alum Stephanie Izard’s restaurant on the 12th floor of the Hoxton Hotel. The menu highlights the cuisine of Peru, with dishes like salchipapas, bacon and egg solterito, and several varieties of ceviche. There are also more traditional brunch entrees, like the asparagus and white cheddar omelette. (If you’re staying in, check out our guide to the best places to order food from in Chicago.)
The dining scene in the Mile High City includes cuisine from all over the world. We like Mimosas, which recently reopened in the city’s Five Points neighborhood under the guidance of Brian Smith. (Are you still learning your way around? See our guide to Denver’s neighborhoods.)The chef arrived in Denver by way of New Orleans, and the influence is clear in dishes like beignets and fried green tomatoes. Millennials will be relieved to see avocado toast and a kale salad with toasted pepitas on the menu, while traditionalists can order up a stack of buttermilk pancakes.
There are incredible brunch restaurants in all five boroughs of NYC, so it’s hard to go wrong wherever you choose to dine. Five Leaves, a Brooklyn hotspot near Willamsburg’s hopping McCarren Park, serves up Australian-inspired dishes with a side of hipster panache. The ricotta pancakes are worth standing in line for, and we also love the “breakky” burrito and the house burger, which is topped with a thin slice of pineapple.
Locals rejoiced when Republique Restaurant reopened for dining. Located just a few blocks from LA’s Miracle Mile, the restaurant serves up delicious brioche French toast, Belgian waffles, and other brunch fare. You won’t want to miss co-owner Margarita Manzke’s decadent pastries. Pro tip: if you’re not in the mood for morning fare, you can order from Republique’s lunch menu as early as 11am.
Anyone who likes dim sum will flip over Dragon Beaux, Willy Ng and Jenny Huang’s eclectic fusion restaurant in Richmond, near the Golden Gate Bridge and the Presidio. (The couple also runs Koi Palace in Daly City.) Expect the unexpected here, like pork puff pastries baked with apples or shrimp dumplings topped with Chilean sea bass. Both indoor and outdoor seating are available, and so is takeout.
Tilikum Place Cafe, a popular brunch restaurant near the Space Needle, prides itself on serving dinner quality food for breakfast. People come from far and wide for the glutinous Dutch baby pancake, fried up in a cast-iron pan. The classic version is topped with powdered sugar, lemon, and maple syrup. The menu offers several delectable variations of the Dutch baby. You can’t go wrong with the savory option, which incorporates bacon, broccoli, and Beechers cheddar cheese.
The US capital is celebrated for its international dining scene, so it’s no surprise that a Serbian restaurant ranks as one of our favorite spots. Located on Capitol Hill, Ambar is a popular choice for politicos and gourmands alike. Ambar currently offers indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout. The restaurant’s $39 unlimited boozy brunch menu is both a bargain and a delight. Don’t limit yourself to pancakes and waffles when you can snack on mezes and fill up on potato hash and salmon Benedict. (Note that there’s a two-hour time limit for unlimited food and drinks.)
Do you feel like staying in, or even having your mom or a few friends over to brunch? You’re in luck. Blueground apartments all have full kitchens stocked with plates, glasses, cookware, and utensils. Tie on an apron, put on some Destiny’s Child, and channel your inner Julia Child.
This make-ahead brunch menu from Martha Stewart’s team is both doable and decadent. Carbtastic baked French toast stuffed with ham and gruyere is balanced out by a frisee salad with a light dressing, and your guests can snack on bread and crudites with an easy yogurt dip. Dessert is a tropical fruit salad with a coconut-pistachio topping. Everything can be prepared the night before, along with cold-brew coffee and vermouth-grapefruit sangria to keep the conversation flowing.
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