You know spring has sprung when restaurants new and old shake off the patio furniture and buffet tables, stock up on champagne and OJ, and get ready for brunch season.
While the old standards are hard to beat — any resto on our best patio list is a pretty safe bet — it's always interesting to see what the new guys have to offer.
—Ruggles Grill is back with a vengeance, hosting a Sunday brunch buffet for $25 (a la carte offerings coming soon) with a DJ spinning tunes from 12-5 p.m. and organic mojitos, bellinis and mimosas at the ready. Or for a brunch that's more mild than wild, simply ask to be seated in the annex.
— RDG + Bar Annie's new Sunday brunch is ecletic. Whether you crave coffee and doughnuts, Bloody Marys and smoked oysters or margaritas and guacamole, the vibrant brunch menu has you covered, including platters to share, plenty of seafood, eggs, lunch entrees and even a dish described as "kitchen breakfast 'hang over' eggs [not for amateurs]."
—Lakesha Reed's Beaucoup Bar & Grill has already made a name for itself with New Orleans-style soul food. But starting April 3, Beaucoup will serve fresh takes on classic dishes like strawberry-passionfruit mimosas, peach-stuffed beignets with wings and bananas foster french toast on the new patio alongside menu favorites including crawfish bread, chicken and sausage gumbo and po'boys.
—Laurenzo's has added brunch to it's repertoire of offerings, with options from build-your-own omelettes, eggs benedict and breakfast tacos to salads, burgers and of course, prime rib.
—Foodies fresh from the weekend farmers' markets will want to hit Stella Sola on Sundays for a fresh brunch fix. Between $3 mimosas and bloody marys and a menu full of variety — with dishes like a 'Big Tex' cinnamon roll, potato gnocchi, steak and eggs, grillades and grits, and a "Tuscan benedict" — there's not much not to adore.