Because my brother and his girlfriend are coming into town fairly soon, I’ve been doing some research on places to eat for breakfast/brunch. And by research, I mean I’ve been eating out a lot, expanding the waistband on my jeans, and discovering new places I have never been before. Below is a very small list of the brunch places that I have really enjoyed trying lately.
Classic, traditional, and oh-so-delicious. Owner Dave Bailey seems to always do it right with his extremely popular creperie, Rooster. Now with a second location on South Grand, Rooster has more drinks (including a wide array of Bloody Marys), more room (including a brand new patio) and even more meals added to the menu. While there is no better way to start your day (or afternoon) with their savory crepes, make sure not to miss out on their Rooster Slinger paired with the Sunburnt White Russian (dark rum, organic cold brewed coffee and coconut milk). Open daily from 8am-3pm. roosterstl.com
Thanks to owner Gerard Craft’s love of French-style brasseries, St. Louisans can now experience traditional French cooking without leaving their hometown. With wonderful, classic dishes featuring fresh ingredients, Brasserie is a “must-eat” for brunch. Wonderful quiche with roasted chicken and spinach or the famous brioche French toast with lemon curd, there is no way you can go wrong at Brasserie. Also, make sure to venture outside of that mimosa or bloody mary you typically go for and try a Corpse Reviver. Made with gin, lillet blanc, cointreau, and lemon juice, it is definitely the cure for any hangover you may have. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-2pm. www.brasseriebyniche.com
While this may be a little outside of the classic brunch menu, The Scottish Arms should be added to your list of places to brunch. If the word haggis is making you run in the other direction, hold tight as there is no sheep stomach on the brunch menu (although, I’m sure they could make you some if you asked). Known for their Biscuit Breakfast made with the owner’s family gravy recipe that dates over 100 years and their sausage-wrapped Scotch egg that will cure any hangover, The Scottish Arms should be considered a new tradition for you on Sunday mornings. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm. www.thescottisharms.com
While you might have to wait in line for awhile, brunch at Half & Half cannot be missed. The menu features many traditional brunch items, including delicious blueberry pancakes to the traditional-with-a-twist dishes, including pumpkin pancakes served with cinnamon honey butter and crème anglaise. Half & Half serves a variety of classic brunch cocktails like mimosas and Bloody Marys, but it is the coffee that you must try. There are many varieties thanks to Blueprint Coffee and you have the option to choose from espresso, pour-over, the standard drip coffee or cold brew. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 8am-2pm. http://halfandhalfstl.com