2022’s Best Cities for Brunch Lovers

friends smiling at brunch

Few things taste better than sweet, syrupy pancakes and crispy bacon after sleeping in all morning — no wonder brunch is the superior meal. 

But where in the U.S. can you get top-tier crepes and bottomless mimosas? 

To find out, LawnStarter ranked 2022’s Best Cities for Brunch Lovers to mark National Brunch Month in April. 

We looked for cities with delicious bites, brunch clubs, deals, events, and high local demand. 

For an even closer look at the national brunch scene, we also surveyed U.S. adults’ brunch habits and preferences. 

Use our rankings and in-depth analysis to discover where your brunch group should rally for a reservation next weekend.

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City Rankings

See how each city fared in our ranking:

OVERALL RANKCityOverall ScoreAccess RankQuality RankCommunity RankDemand Rank
1New York, NY71.2113511
2New Orleans, LA50.56715824
3Chicago, IL47.73651032
4Las Vegas, NV47.662271616
5Orlando, FL47.021791822
6Savannah, GA46.43568845
7San Diego, CA46.26328614
8Denver, CO44.4320181010
9San Francisco, CA44.121819129
10Tempe, AZ43.032737566
11Portland, OR41.9422221517
12Seattle, WA41.371433236
13Fort Collins, CO41.3624758116
14Washington, DC41.23914327
15Kansas City, MO40.6568112240
15Salt Lake City, UT40.6512511444
17Fort Lauderdale, FL40.614584540
18Nashville, TN40.0651172118
19Dallas, TX39.995354412
20Phoenix, AZ39.7163133621
21Chattanooga, TN39.5335910780
22Atlanta, GA39.5611285
23Bridgeport, CT39.47178288174
24Scottsdale, AZ39.118367549
25Austin, TX39.07406757
26Miami, FL38.83874912
27Lexington, KY38.76136410797
28Pasadena, CA38.26173210794
29Richmond, VA37.5410693237
30St. Petersburg, FL37.1541216756
31Minneapolis, MN37.143372523
32Los Angeles, CA36.335743353
33Santa Rosa, CA36.31911567135
34Boston, MA35.9731861115
35Honolulu, HI35.96116810747
36Macon, GA35.8914512107184
37St. Louis, MO35.2725653027
38Grand Rapids, MI34.8138448880
39McKinney, TX34.58832610789
40Glendale, CA34.511032467116
41St. Paul, MN34.51132010749
42Providence, RI34.3862405269
43Tampa, FL34.35161032627
44Knoxville, TN34.3321638875
45Detroit, MI34.31122284940
46Mobile, AL34.2717414107123
47Cary, NC34.12101306299
48Raleigh, NC34.18982732
49Hollywood, FL34.04235710775
50Vancouver, WA33.96117315295
51Long Beach, CA33.9330724259
52Chandler, AZ33.86494510784
53Houston, TX33.834512694
54Virginia Beach, VA33.4373503949
55Aurora, IL33.3713025107170
56Milwaukee, WI33.34160296125
57Cleveland, OH33.26135423432
58Durham, NC33.295416256
59Gilbert, AZ32.91595275105
60Springfield, MA32.7819616107174
61Spokane, WA32.75745352113
62Anchorage, AK32.63817027128
63Orange, CA32.482973107135
64Norfolk, VA32.421183810769
65Escondido, CA32.389446107163
66Little Rock, AR32.3121397599
67Lancaster, CA32.22854975193
68Oceanside, CA32.037155107118
69Jersey City, NJ31.93191253935
70Corona, CA31.916456107163
71Stockton, CA31.6519523107180
72Torrance, CA31.594474107145
73Philadelphia, PA31.46102842411
74Oxnard, CA31.4517034107186
75Reno, NV31.24698330123
76Oakland, CA31.02134603943
77Huntington Beach, CA31.012891107123
78Hayward, CA30.8819035107152
79Charlotte, NC30.64981241319
80Plano, TX30.5842928854
81Corpus Christi, TX30.4715548107126
82Tucson, AZ30.3956808861
83Laredo, TX30.3218247107190
84Pomona, CA30.1911561107147
85Baltimore, MD30.141071081926
86Albuquerque, NM29.9655907575
87Madison, WI29.9192786247
88Cincinnati, OH29.83721013645
89Omaha, NE29.77144598869
90Santa Ana, CA29.741276610798
90Glendale, AZ29.747677107108
92Springfield, MO29.645493107166
93Newark, NJ29.473711188108
94Riverside, CA29.4164646299
95Anaheim, CA29.32489710787
96Frisco, TX29.2361178864
97Boise, ID28.99801024895
98Santa Clarita, CA28.94711375147
99Naperville, IL28.735012252128
100Bakersfield, CA28.581397588147
101Pittsburgh, PA28.55341402731
102Spring Valley, NV28.25141128107197
103Baton Rouge, LA28.2751077584
104Amarillo, TX28.1514876107180
105Alexandria, VA28.14151732056
106Des Moines, IA28.0518771107108
106Oklahoma City, OK28.051081054760
108Eugene, OR27.9711689107128
109Peoria, AZ27.899396107139
110Rancho Cucamonga, CA27.8610510067154
111Buffalo, NY27.811201183269
112Killeen, TX27.7919762107163
113Indianapolis, IN27.62133985238
114Henderson, NV27.566121107104
115Salem, OR27.4610699107178
116Tulsa, OK27.451149510789
117Colorado Springs, CO27.41041068861
118Winston-Salem, NC27.3315685107119
119Memphis, TN27.24167886749
120Sioux Falls, SD27.1117281107191
120Louisville, KY27.111091166754
122Garden Grove, CA26.9870129107169
123Columbus, OH26.911321234230
124San Antonio, TX26.9971315219
125North Las Vegas, NV26.217594107154
126Birmingham, AL26.1812911410780
127Lincoln, NE25.97157104107139
128Kansas City, KS25.94147109107154
128Fort Wayne, IN25.94128120107154
130Cape Coral, FL25.83111130107154
131Jacksonville, FL25.781401324532
132Hialeah, FL25.7484133107139
133Tallahassee, FL25.675813810789
134Fresno, CA25.6518811942128
135McAllen, TX25.5990134107154
136Fullerton, CA25.1888136107135
136Shreveport, LA25.18169115107170
138Brownsville, TX24.7192110107191
139Sacramento, CA24.56961671653
140Overland Park, KS24.456015110775
141Murfreesboro, TN24.2879144107154
142Salinas, CA24.18185127107196
143Mesa, AZ23.948614510775
144Dayton, OH23.817815688132
145Tacoma, WA23.54391743884
146Syracuse, NY23.2213114288132
147Modesto, CA23.07186135107188
148Palmdale, CA22.98110152107195
149Metairie, LA22.68150141107150
150Arlington, VA22.65611762936
151Lubbock, TX22.64183137107139
152Greensboro, NC22.581241586789
153Jackson, MS22.48173139107145
154Port St. Lucie, FL22.3615214888152
155Rochester, NY22.25821685889
156Columbus, GA22.23154146107154
157Akron, OH22.08146150107166
158El Paso, TX21.8616514910780
159Joliet, IL21.8514315988188
160Grand Prairie, TX21.78138160107119
161Fremont, CA21.5418115388107
161Lakewood, CO21.546717110766
163Augusta, GA21.49184147107119
164Aurora, CO21.459916610766
165Elk Grove, CA21.4176154107178
166Montgomery, AL21.34179155107154
167Huntsville, AL21.25126164107108
168Toledo, OH21.16171157107170
169Worcester, MA20.9416616188132
170Wichita, KS20.79162162107139
171Fort Worth, TX20.621231707527
172Paterson, NJ20.4952180107180
173Irving, TX20.017717810769
174Arlington, TX19.921001777569
175Fontana, CA19.68191163107176
176Moreno Valley, CA19.44193165107186
177Chula Vista, CA19.33161169107135
178Clarksville, TN19.17137175107166
179Chesapeake, VA19.0517717275105
180Pasadena, TX18.81119179107184
181Irvine, CA18.42871827563
182Ontario, CA17.7515318175126
183Thornton, CO17112184107113
184Bellevue, WA16.88331896265
185Newport News, VA16.4915818388113
186Sunnyvale, CA15.416318510788
187Pembroke Pines, FL15.254619010799
188San Jose, CA14.151801864938
189Fayetteville, NC13.2168188107139
190Yonkers, NY13.1326195107108
191Rockford, IL12.9189187107193
192Garland, TX11.411511918899
193Mesquite, TX10.9914919267150
194Olathe, KS10.35125193107176
195Midland, TX9.32159194107180
196Miramar, FL6.97142196107119
197San Bernardino, CA2.59194197107170
Infographic showing the best cities for brunch lovers, a ranking based on access to brunch spots, consumer ratings, brunch deals, and local demand
Note: We ranked 197 cities for each of the above metrics. However, the lowest-ranking position may not be 197 for some metrics due to ties among cities.

Food for Thought: Key Insights

What’s Cookin’ in California?

Sunny San Diego (No. 7) and offbeat San Francisco (No. 9) sizzled to our top 10, thanks to high-quality eats and a dedicated, brunch-loving community. 

You’d expect Los Angeles (No. 32) to have a thriving, Instagrammable brunch scene, but this city leaves many stomachs growling. LA’s shortcomings were in every metric apart from Demand (No. 3), so if you’re looking to open your own brunch spot, look to La La Land. 

Another Cali city, San Bernardino (No. 197), sank to the bottom of our ranking. It’s a quieter suburban city, and the local food scene could generally use some work. Locals might opt to host their own brunches at home or drive to a nearby city instead. 

Local Tips

For boozy coffee and reimagined comfort classics, head to Morning Glory in San Diego’s Little Italy. Or indulge in a view of the Pacific with a champagne brunch cruise

Rise early in San Fran for a bite at Plow, a local farm-to-table brunch favorite, or head over to a more casual spot like Devil’s Teeth Baking Company.

Nourished Tourists

In many of our top-ranked cities, drinking is a staple of brunch. 

Boozy New Orleans (No. 2) brings home the silver overall but grabs some gold as our No. 1 city for Quality. In Las Vegas (No. 4), you can start sinning early in the day by unleashing your inner glutton at brunch. Sin City’s remarkable access meets the high demand.

Orlando, Florida (No. 5), might have the most brunch spots per square mile, but don’t anticipate gourmet french toast or heavy-handed drinks: O-town is in short supply of highly rated brunch establishments. Brunch here likely caters to tourists looking for a quick bite before heading over to spend the day at Disney or Universal Studios. 

A debaucherous brunch before heading to the parks would cut into rollercoaster time, anyway — and increase your chance of getting sick on the rides. 

Local Tips

Start drinking early at NOLA’s Apolline, or chow down on some Creole-style southern classics at Atchafalaya

Get ready to loosen up your belt in Las Vegas with bottomless beverages and unlimited drink options at Aces and Ales Tenaya

Big City Bites

Take a bite out of The Big Apple, our gold medalist, what with its dedicated brunch communities and high local demand. With such a diverse population, New Yorkers have access to brunch options from around the world. No matter your craving, New York brunch spots can curb it. 

Chicago (No. 3) rose in the ranks for similar community demand, despite lacking in Access. Aspiring restaurateurs in the Windy City should know there’s a hungry audience out there waiting for a big Midwestern breakfast and bottomless mimosa deal. 

Washington residents are likely some of the most opinionated Americans you’ll meet — they live in the epicenter of national politics, after all — which might explain why the city fell to No. 14. As a brunch mecca, our nation’s capital fared well in each category except for Quality (No. 143). The city’s assertive population of bureaucrats, politicians, lobbyists, and lawyers might be less inclined to leave raving reviews. 

Local Tips

In NYC, get a quick bagel at Russ and Daughters or sit down for bottomless mimosas and a drag cabaret at Lucky Cheng’s Crazy Boozy Brunch

Chicago pizza lovers can reserve a brunch spot at Etta, or go for some healthier farm-to-table fare at Lula Cafe

Head to DC’s Busboys and Poets on 14th and V Street NW, or grab some French fare at local brasserie Le Diplomate

Hungry Hungry Hipsters

With quality eats, Savannah, Georgia (No. 6), is becoming a secret foodie haven. Between the slow, laid-back Georgia culture and the populations of artsy students, tourists, hipsters, and Southern belles, brunch is where everyone can come together over shrimp and grits and Bloody Marys. 

Another hipster magnet, Tempe, Arizona, landed at No. 10. With plenty of college students to imbibe on drink deals, you’d expect a high demand for brunch. But the reason for this city’s high ranking actually lies in the quality of the brunch spots, landing at No. 3 in that metric. 

Quirky Portland, Oregon (No. 11), and college town Fort Collins, Colorado (No. 13), follow closely behind with plenty of access to high-quality brunch deals. You won’t go thirsty in these hipster destinations, which are also known for their highly rated local breweries

Local Tips

You can enjoy brunch all week long at The Ordinary Pub in Savannah.

Gather your friends to play board games while indulging in bottomless brunch at Tempe’s Snakes & Lattes

In Portland, sample meat-heavy Filipino fare at Baon Kainan. Prefer lighter? Pick up some pastries and java at Fort CollinsButterfly Cafe.

Survey Says: Americans’ Brunch Habits

Brunch is full of options — morning, afternoon, sweet, savory, or boozy — but what do brunch fans prefer? See the results of our survey below.

Survey Methodology: LawnStarter collected anonymous survey responses from a random sample of 500 U.S. individuals aged 18 or older via MTurk from March 17 to 18.

Survey Drilldown: Demographic Trends

Ask The Experts

Brunch might feel like a recent trend, but it became popular in the U.S. during the 1930s, and its history goes back even further. We turned to some experts to learn even more about our favorite foodie tradition. Discover new insights below.

  1. What is one unique cocktail people should try at their next DIY brunch?
  2. Why isn’t brunch more common during weekdays? Are there places where this is changing?
  3. Breakfast is often touted as the most important meal of the day. Where does that leave brunch?
  4. What are three ways restaurants have made their brunch offerings stand out?
  5. How has the nature of brunch changed since the pandemic began?
  6. What exciting brunch items or trends, if any, have you observed lately? Where can brunch lovers find these?
Melissa B. Dallas
Professor
Harold S. Lee
Clinical Assistant Professor
Noel Criscione-Naylor, Ed.D, CED
Associate Professor of Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Management & Assessment Coordinator
Wayne Smith, CEC CCE
Associate Technical Professor, Culinary Arts
Jeremy C. Clement, MBA, PMP
Senior Instructor, Internship Coordinator, Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Director – Schottland Scholars Program, School of Business
Melissa B. Dallas
Professor
Missouri State University

What is one unique cocktail people should try at their next DIY brunch?

My favorite brunch cocktails are mimosas made with Prosecco rather than with champagne for a bit of added sweetness. Any type of juice works well, especially when made from fresh fruit. I’ve puréed oranges, of course, as well as mangos, kiwis, and even peaches.

Why isn’t brunch more common during weekdays? Are there places where this is changing?

During the week many people work and do not have the time for brunch nor do their schedules permit a break at that time of the day. In retirement communities, however, this is much more commonplace as would be expected.

Breakfast is often touted as the most important meal of the day. Where does that leave brunch?

Breakfast indeed provides nutrients and energy to the body after sleeping and is extremely important. However, brunch is just plain fun and even a bit decadent since it goes against the dining time “rules” with which most children were raised. Brunch works best, though, when a light breakfast is consumed in advance so one does not overeat at brunch and feel sluggish afterwards.

What are three ways restaurants have made their brunch offerings stand out?

The most common ways I have seen restaurants best tout their brunch offerings are: 1) offering a wide variety of freshly squeezed juices both with and without alcohol; 2) advertising the availability of seating without a wait; and 3) featuring a variety of menu items including some that are a hybrid combination of both breakfast and lunch foods.

How has the nature of brunch changed since the pandemic began?

The pandemic has adversely affected the restaurant industry in numerous ways which include increased menu prices and associates who are not as experienced in food preparation and service as we have been used to in the past. This, of course, applies to brunches as well.

On a more positive note, more adults have chosen to retire earlier than previously planned or have chosen not to return to work for other reasons. This has resulted in giving many people the time to enjoy brunches that they never could before during the workweek.

What exciting brunch items or trends, if any, have you observed lately? Where can brunch lovers find these?

My favorite spot for brunch is First Watch hands down. Their menu items are both healthy and trendy and include farm to table offerings whenever possible. They close daily at 2:30 p.m. so as to focus their expertise on breakfast, brunch, and lunch rather than on dinner.

Harold S. Lee
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of North Texas

Why isn’t brunch more common during weekdays? Are there places where this is changing?

Eating meals regularly (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) is the most common pattern for weekdays. There are many reasons why brunch is not typical during weekdays. The main reason could be the work or school schedule during the weekdays. People tend to have more flexible eating hours on weekends, which means their first and last meal periods could be irregular on weekends than on weekdays. Hence, breakfast was the most delayed meal that became brunch.

Having a brunch sounds like sweat sometimes, personally I dislike brunch because I don’t want to disrupt my regular meal periods. Moreover, newsscientist.com (2020) shows that brunch may cause unhealthy conditions. For example, shift workers with disrupted eating patterns or habits could drive weight gain by messing with the body’s metabolic rhythms and irregular eating habits. Consequently, these two main reasons people tend to avoid eating brunch during weekdays.

How has the nature of brunch changed since the pandemic began?

Of course, the nature of brunch in the restaurant industry has been changed a lot since the pandemic began. The business model of brunch restaurants has been emphasized as follows: take-out, delivery, and curbside services, which provide more flexibility. In addition, some restaurants are offered the brunch menu for brunch hours and all day long so that people can enjoy tasting various brunch foods at any time of the day. Because of the restaurant’s safety guidelines during post-pandemic, eating brunch outside on patio tables or having brunch at your vehicle has become the new normal.

Noel Criscione-Naylor, Ed.D, CED
Associate Professor of Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Management & Assessment Coordinator
Stockton University

What is one unique cocktail people should try at their next DIY brunch?

There are a host of innovative cocktails making their way to the brunch table.

I immediately think about my favorite brunch locations and their offerings of an Aperol Spritz, The Spicy Margarita, or the Grapefruit Mojito (found at Nero’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey).

We cannot forget the Bacon-Infused Bloody Mary or the more traditional yet fun Bellini. Brunch enthusiasts are sure not to miss out on seasonal specials at their favorite locations that pair these drinks with local, fresh fruit to craft a Strawberry or Peach Bellini.

Why isn’t brunch more common during weekdays? Are there places where this is changing?

Brunch holds this iconic experience value for many with the much-anticipated celebration to close (or start) the week with family and friends while indulging in an abundance of food and early-morning cocktails.

Brunch itself is a venue and destination and accordingly has required more time than what is traditionally allocated for any standard meal period. The high experience value from socializing and reminiscing with others, to what I have coined as eye amazement, as brunchers come to face with elaborate food displays, luxurious chaffing dishes, dozens of beautifully prepared options, and actions stations ready to prepare their most desired meal item, there is simply just not enough time during the week to fully engage. Without the proper time, it insults the very concept.

However, the story of brunch is ever changing with the trends in how we live, eat, and now more than ever, value social interaction. There are places where the exclusive Sunday brunch is changing and some of the boldest restauranters have even committed to incorporating brunch into their everyday menu! This makes me think of The Committed Pig burger and pancake house with several locations throughout New Jersey and their offering of an all day, every day a la carte brunch since their grand opening and continuing today.

Breakfast is often touted as the most important meal of the day. Where does that leave brunch?

Interestingly, “the most important meal of the day” perfectly positions the added “health” value of brunch. Just as in the name “breakfast”, it is about breaking-your-fast. Health enthusiasts exclaim this is the most important meal of the day as it provides your body with its first dose of much needed glucose to boost your energy and provide your body additional nutrients for overall health. Brunch offers a variety of options from fruits, vegetables, and proteins that all contribute to healthy eating habits (ok you got me a little bit on that…but perhaps helps to offset eating those perfectly golden pancakes or that French toast drenched in butter, syrup, and myriad of toppings). Additionally, there is much data that supports the importance of a healthy night sleep in which the later start associated with brunch helps us to get in our required amount and promotes more time for our body to recover from the prior day. A good night sleep has also been associated with maintaining a healthy weight, weight loss, and even helping to regulate that hormone that makes us all hungry. This leaves us with chalking up to consider even more value to the brunch experience that we may have not even considered before!

What are three ways restaurants have made their brunch offerings stand out?

Pre-covid restaurants made their offerings stand out with 1) attractive, all you can eat, inclusive pricing (brunch and cocktail), 2) building a “senses” experience which my dear friend Bill Frtiz, Director of Food & Beverage at Caesars Atlantic City NJ describes as “large and luxurious mounds of food adorned tables throughout the dining room with polished chafing dishes glistening while brimming with sweet and savory dishes guests enjoyed” and of course you can smell, and 3) exquisite service that has built loyalty and relationships with guests through well training staff attending to brunchers every need.

Post-covid restaurants are making their brunches stand out by 1) offering specialty and innovative breakfast items such as Dim Sum, with breakfast fried rice (Nero’s Atlantic City, NJ) to artisan and homemade breads like Iggy’s rye, sourdough and wheat (Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant, Boston MA); 2) offering Prix Fixe brunch with multi-course options to select from and 3) marketing attractive entrees and even entertainment value like the Jazz Brunch at Arnaud’s with a soothing music experience while you enjoy the Savory Crabmeat Cheesecake with fresh Louisiana lump crabmeat (Arnaud’s Restaurant, New Orleans, Louisiana); and want to squeeze a fourth in there, 4) offering new spins on our favorite staples like pizza and flatbreads.

How has the nature of brunch changed since the pandemic began?

The pandemic has immobilized restaurants to engage in the traditional brunch buffet. As a result, the culinary world has had to reinvent and pivot. What we now see and experience is a transformed brunch that is deconstructed in an al la cart fashion. To the surprise of many, this transformation offers the bruncher higher quality, more tailored and fresh options to enjoy.

What exciting brunch items or trends, if any, have you observed lately? Where can brunch lovers find these?

Yes, so many exciting trends! From mulled cocktail options, seasonal favorites, the pairing of locally harvested food on the menu and more. There are so many resources by state and region to seek out the best brunch experiences. The Food Network also shares their “50 States of Brunch.

Wayne Smith, CEC CCE
Associate Technical Professor, Culinary Arts
Western Colorado Community College

What is one unique cocktail people should try at their next DIY brunch?

My take on a brunch cocktail: Paloma a la Parilla — Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Roast a whole grapefruit on a bed of rock salt until it is soft and bronzed in places. Let cool completely. Cut the grapefruit into quarters.

Place a quarter in a shaker with ice, 1.5 ounces of silver tequila, and 1 ounce of simple syrup. Cover and shake well. (The grapefruit pulp should more or less dissolve out of the rind.)

Strain into a highball rimmed with smoked salt and filled with ice. Top off with chilled sparkling wine and garnish with a grapefruit twist.

Breakfast is often touted as the most important meal of the day. Where does that leave brunch?

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, eating brunch says that nothing is important.

What are three ways restaurants have made their brunch offerings stand out?

I used to make brunch stand out by making it a hybrid of a la carte and buffet. Diners would order their entrée then go to a buffet for the seafood bar, salads, desserts, etc.

When I worked for Sheraton Harbor Island, we used to do shrimp scampi about every four weeks. We would be about 20% busier every time we served it.

I think the aromas of shrimp and garlic would drift across the marina and bring in the boaters like a siren song.

How has the nature of brunch changed since the pandemic began?

Like almost everything else restaurant-related, COVID-19 pretty much killed brunch, at least in my area. I am looking for brunch to make a big comeback this spring for Easter and Mother’s Day.

Jeremy C. Clement, MBA, PMP
Senior Instructor, Internship Coordinator, Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Director – Schottland Scholars Program, School of Business
College of Charleston

What is one unique cocktail people should try at their next DIY brunch?

Mimosas are an obvious choice for brunch. I like to add a little Elderflower Liquor for a sophisticated touch (and to sweeten it up a bit). Another pro tip is to stock other fruit juices (mango, pomegranate, etc.) to provide a “mimosa bar” with lots of choices.

Why isn’t brunch more common during weekdays? Are there places where this is changing?

Well, most folks work during the week. Since brunch is typically late morning-early afternoon, it doesn’t flow well with a typical work schedule. It doesn’t help that most folks use brunch as a celebratory meal (aka includes alcohol). In many vacation destinations where the tourism market provides the demand, that is changing quickly.

Breakfast is often touted as the most important meal of the day. Where does that leave brunch?

As a fun alternative to breakfast. Still important, delivering all of those early start nutrients but really aimed at those of us who might like to (or need to) sleep in.

What are three ways restaurants have made their brunch offerings stand out?

  • Focusing on local products and specialties
  • Adding an impressive selection of lunch beverages — Bloody Mary’s with half a buffet on them see to be all the rage!
  • Offering creative variations on long-time favorites — for instance, a variety of styles of Benedict dish, or a selection of gourmet grit options for a shrimp & grit dish.

How has the nature of brunch changed since the pandemic began?

Outdoor brunch has become the way to go. So nice patio furniture and a smart but comfortable use of outdoor space is absolutely crucial for a brunch spot.

What exciting brunch items or trends, if any, have you observed lately? Where can brunch lovers find these?

I’m a big far of drink flights — mimosa flights are a good example for brunch. I also love a great selection of both savory and sweet — always fun to share as brunch is most certainly a social affair! Some favorite spots in Charleston, SC would be Grace + Grit, Another Broken Egg Café or Baker & Brewer — all are outstanding.

Behind the Ranking

We ranked 197 of the biggest U.S. cities from best (No. 1) to worst for brunch lovers (No. 197) based on their overall scores (out of 100 points), averaged across all the weighted metrics listed below.

MetricWeightMin. ValueMax. ValueBest
Access
Establishments Serving Brunch per Square Mile38.9253.2Biggest Value
Number of Brunch Deals at Local and Nearby Establishments1239Biggest Value
Quality
Average Consumer Rating for Establishments Serving Brunch33.884.41Biggest Value
Number of Highly Rated Establishments (4.5+ Stars) Serving Brunch (with at Least 10 Reviews)40.00%61.59%Biggest Value
Total Number of Reviews for Establishments Serving Brunch2134571,986Biggest Value
Community
Number of Brunch Clubs2041Biggest Value
Number of Brunch Events2057Biggest Value
Demand
Average Monthly Google Searches for "Brunch" or "Brunch near me" Over Past 12 Months120225,500Biggest Value

Sources: Google Ads, Groupon, Meetup, and TripAdvisor

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Sav Maive

Sav Maive is a writer and director based in San Antonio. Sav is a graduate of the University of Virginia and is a loving cat and plant mom.