15 top brunch spots from east to west in the United States

Here are the best spots to enjoy your mid-morning meal

Since its inception over 120 years ago, brunch has been gaining popularity among the American public. The practice first began among the wealthy and the practice soon trickled down to the lower economic classes. Now, there are entire restaurants centered around the idea of the pre-midday meal. Looking for a good spot? Here are the top three spots in five big cities around the country.

New York City

1. Sunday in Brooklyn

Sunday In Brooklyn

Want some pancakes? This classic breakfast meal is Sunday in Brooklyn's specialty. You'll get a fluffy, fat stack covered in hand-whisked chocolate syrup when you order them. You can also start off your meal with some honey-butter or cinnamon-sugar biscuits. There is a three-hour wait on a typical day, but it's worth it to dive into that signature dish.

2. Brunswick Café

Brunswick Café

Just off of Prospect Park, Brunswick Cafe offers the perfect relaxed atmosphere for the party of one. The main front side of this cafe is primarily a to-go coffee and pastry counter. But the heated back patio provides plenty of natural light to read or work by. The staff will gladly leave you to enjoy your book even during peak times. And the menu is impressive, including the Cheddar chive biscuit egg sandwich.

3. Ess-A-Bagel

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Want a quick bite or on a budget? Enjoy a hearty mid-morning meal with Ess-A-Bagel. Most New Yorkers appreciate a quality bagel and this place does not disappoint. You'll find everything from the classics to avant garden flavor pairings here. And for a fraction of the cost of a traditional sit-down brunch.

New Orleans

1. Cavan


Visit a decorated 1800s mansion on Magazine Street for brunch at Cavan. The menu includes blackened redfish and crawfish bake as well as an Andouille croque madame. You can also order fried oysters as a side dish. Brunch is served Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays starting at 10:30 a.m.

2. Café Degas

Café Degas

This cafe is named after the 19th century French impressionist Edgar Degas, who lived nearby in the Creole district. Cafe Degas makes eating outdoors as easy and comfortable as indoor dining. The menu consists of classic French fare and a touch of Creole.

3. Spotted Cat - Food & Spirits

Spotted Cat Food & Spirits

This is where the locals brunch. Spotted Cat Food & Spirits is family-friendly and serves breakfast all day long. On the weekends, never expect two brunches to be the same. The menu constantly rotates, but regulars include arancini and maple bacon pop tarts. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


1. Searsucker

Searsucker offers brunch classics with a twist. Breakfast classics in Texas like migas are served with a short rib. There's also biscuits with duck fat gravy. Kick off the meal with a daytime cocktail, including mimosas. And then dive into these delicious twists.

2. Tacos and Tequila

Love brunch and buffets? Tacos and Tequila is your answer. For just $22, you get an all-you-can-eat buffet, including two mimosas. But this buffet isn't food just sitting out. The restaurant as a number of made-to-order chef stations. Expect a carving station, an omelet bar, classic migas, eggs benedict, and the establishment's famous street tacos.

3. 24 Diner

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This diner is actually open for 24 hours a day. So 24 Diner will be there no matter when you want to satisfy your brunch craving. The menu is filled with casual comfort food. Their most famous dish is chicken and waffles served with brown sugar butter. But they also serve plenty of heartwarming classics.


1. Imperial


This restaurant has received attention from its newly-promoted chef Doug Adams, who was one of the stand out stars on Top Chef: Boston. Imperial hosts his signature moist-meets-crunchy fried chicken with Texas-size watermelon chunks, pickled onions, jalapeños, roof-top honey, and barrel-aged hot sauce.

2. AND Café

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AND Café specializes in vegan and gluten-free brunch menus, but their meals are just as savory as any other. The Feast Waffle is a speciality stuffed with soy sausage, potation and non-diary mozzarella and then smothered in rich, creamy mushroom-dill gravy. You don't have to be vegan or gluten-free to enjoy these rich palates.

3. James John Café

James John Café stands out with its unique blend of seasonal ingredients, house-cured meats and house-baked goods. All three come together to create a satisfying breakfast of Canadian bacon, egg, and cheese biscuits. Brunch is served Wednesday through Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Perfect if you want to have brunch outside of the weekend.

Los Angeles

1. M.B. Post

M.B. Post

This brunch spot has seasonal menus, but the bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuits never leave. M.B. Post often plays throwback '90s tracks. Most dishes are easily shareable, which might lead to nearby tables trying out each other's meals.

2. République

On the weekends, République usually has a line after 9:30 a.m. While waiting, you can order from the pastry case, which hosts piles of thick cookies, and flaky pastries and tarts. Once you're seated, you'll be able to enjoy bowls of shakshouka and kimchi fried rice. This is a sophisticated restaurant for a high-class experience.

3. Gracias Madre

Gracias Madre

Gracias Madre specializes in vegan fare. If you had any reservations about this diet, all of them will be gone after you eat here. Their biscuits with gravy or chimichangas will put your doubts to rest. They also serve Mexican-style mimosas.

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Seattle, Washington is a rainy, coffee-fueled, coastal town often referred to as the "Emerald City."

Located against the ecological wonderland of Puget Sound, this cosmopolitan, seaside city is a mishmash of arts, culture, history, nature, and, of course, cloudy weather. Thanks to its proximity to nature, its greenery, and its culturally rich, big-city atmosphere, the city is becoming increasingly popular, both for tourists and those looking for a change of scenery.

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If you only have a few days to visit Seattle, you'll probably want to check out the area's most famous attractions.

For nature lovers and summit-chasers, there's the imposing, wildflower-shrouded Mt. Rainier.

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For foodies, there's the popular Pike Place Market, a giant patchwork of food-sellers and friendly chaos where you can purchase everything from giant crabs' legs to bottomless amounts of coffee (more on that later).

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And finally, there's the iconic Space Needle and the Sky View Observatory, which will give you extraordinary views of the city.

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Seattle Arts and Museums

For arts and culture lovers, Seattle has plenty to cut your teeth on. Don't miss the Chihuly Garden and Glass, a collection of extraordinary blown-glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly.

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Chihuly Gardens

For art, there's the giant Seattle Art Museum Downtown. Seattle also offers the Museum of Pop Culture, a nonprofit that features all your favorite icons from history, and plenty of other options.

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For some history, there's the Klondike Gold Rush Museum, which commemorates Seattle's history as a gold rush hub.

There are plenty of quirky attractions—like the giant Fremont Troll, the 18-foot sculpture in the Fremont neighborhood that cuts an imposing figure.

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You could also take in the city from a boat—marine enthusiasts might enjoy visiting to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks to explore the history of this port city.

Seattle, of course, also has a gritty underground side—you may know the city from its time at the heart of the '90s grunge movement.

It also has a long, storied history that has left more than a few scars. You can literally see its underground through one of its underground tours, which will take you on a walk through the "buried city," the remnants left over from before the Great Fire of 1889.

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Natural Wonders

Seattle is notorious for its natural wonders. For a close-up view, there's the Seattle Aquarium, a marine experience that showcases the best of what Puget Sound has to offer.

For more exposure to the beauty of Seattle's nature, try the Washington Park Arboretum, a 230-acre showcase of Seattle's wetlands and natural wonders.

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You might also pay a visit to the Alki Beach for some time with the ocean waves.

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Or consider taking a more exhaustive adventure to Discovery Park, a giant and labyrinthine natural park at the edge of Puget Sound.

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Food and Drink

Food tours are also popular options for those who want to get more intimate with the city's cuisine, and Seattle is often ranked as one of the best cities for foodies.

It's also a great place for coffee-heads. You might also pay a visit to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, AKA Ultimate Starbucks, a tasting room that features a coffee library amongst other treats for coffee addicts.

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Moving to Seattle

If you're planning on moving to Seattle, locals say there's a few things you should know. First off, it is most definitely overcast the majority of the time, though the rain is rather like a mist. That makes the rare sunny day shine even more, though, locals say, in addition to fostering natural abundance.

The city is generally very congested with traffic, which can be noisy, though it offers great public transportation options, from buses to rail—regardless, you'll want to get an Orca Card for that.

Like every city, Seattle has a number of diverse and charismatic neighborhoods. For example, there's the beachy, more laid-back West Seattle.

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There's the vibrant Capitol Hill, a hub of arts, culture, tech bros, and nightlife (during non-COVID times).

There's the historic and artsy Pioneer Square, featuring plenty of museums, shops, galleries, and pubs.

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Fremont is a more bohemian area. Belltown is a trendy waterfront neighborhood that's close to everything.

In general, Seattle residents love the city for its proximity to nature, from beaches to glaciers, and its abundance of arts and cultural attractions. As Kimberly Kinrade said, "Seattle is for people who love culture, but refuse to sacrifice their wild nature to attain it." Residents dislike the steep cost of housing and all things that come from rising prices, including the city's large homeless population.

In general, the city is known as environmentally conscious, liberal, and dog-loving. The people are often referred to as nice but possibly a bit standoffish and cold (the "Seattle Freeze" is when you make plans to hang out and then bail, which is apparently very common). The rain can certainly get depressing, but the proximity to nature helps.

Remember, if you do happen to move: umbrellas are dead giveaways for tourists.

What's your favorite part about Seattle? What did we leave out? Let us know at @thejourniest on Twitter!


Weed World Candies Exist to Prey on Gullible Tourists

Weed is still illegal in New York, but scamming tourists is not.

You wouldn't know it walking around midtown Manhattan, but marijuana is still illegal in New York.

It does seem strange to think that perhaps the most metropolitan city in the US would be lagging behind so many other parts of the country that have legalized possession, production, and sale of cannabis and THC products, but it's true.

New York's decriminalization of marijuana has led many smokers to be more brazen with their public consumption in recent years, and Governor Cuomo recently announced plans for limited legalization for recreational use at the state level. But for the time being the sale of products containing THC is still very much illegal.

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Adding to the confusion is a company that has sprung up to prey on tourist's uncertainty. Weed World trucks have multiplied at a staggering rate since they first started appearing in Midtown and the Village a few years ago. Easily a dozen RVs and vans now line the tourist-dense streets of Manhattan, advertising Girl Scout Cookies and Gorilla Glue, clad in marijuana-leaf decals and occupied by employees who are paid either to be stoned out of their minds, or just to pretend they are.

With eyes nearly in slits and an air of relaxation that suggests that customers are temporary interludes from a permanent nap, they will promise you as much as they can get away with while letting their branding do most of the work. They will sell you four lollipops for $20, which would seem like a great deal if not for the fact that they will not deliver on the strong implication that they'll get you high.

They have a Twitter account where they celebrate the supposed availability of weed and claim to "have New York locked down." They'll even sell you vape cartridges that advise you to "get medicated," and which are packed with potent doses of… flavor?

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An employee once assured me that their candies do contain THC—maybe they wouldn't be so brazenly dishonest today—and in a drunken state I coughed up $5 to test that claim. There is a faint weedy taste to their candies, and you may find trace amounts of CBD inside, but that's it. It's a scam. There is no THC. Nothing that will give their customers the experience they're selling.

Worse than the trucks is the Weed World Candies storefront that opened in midtown in 2019. Just walking past you would swear that people were passing a massive blunt inside.

The smell is unmistakable and overpowering, except that it's fake. Whatever chemical fragrance they pumped onto the street, it was not connected to anyone smoking weed. Inside, the psychedelic wall art complemented shelves lined with suggestive candies and boxes emblazoned with pot leaf insignia.

Whatever the venue, they are all too happy to sell you overpriced hemp products and CBD creams and chocolates made to look like nugs. And if you're a tourist, or a moron like me, you might believe the scam long enough to give them money, but nothing they sell will get you high.

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The owners of Weed World, Judah Izrael and Bilal Muhammad—who prefers to go by "Dro Man" or "Doctor Dro"—will defend their products by claiming that they serve to promote legalization and decriminalization efforts by normalizing the idea of public sale of marijuana. But at no point in the purchasing process is the illusion that their candies will get you high broken. At no point are their customers offered literature explaining the mission of Weed World.

On their website's FAQs page, there is no mention of THC or its absence from their products, but the first question, "How much should I eat?" is answered, "It's all based on your tolerance but there's no limit." Tolerance for what? Sugar? The company—which originated in Alabama and has spread to cities around the country—mostly seems like a very profitable way to sell candy to gullible adults.

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The best thing I can say in their defense is that one of their trucks was recently busted by police in Saraland, Alabama, with products that "tested positive for marijuana." Assuming this isn't a screw up or deliberate frame-job by the police, it's possible that some of the Weed World trucks are using their faux activism as a front for selling actual drugs. If so, that would be the most honest thing about this company. Until that's confirmed, ignore these trucks and maybe just ask a friend for a hookup.