These Are the Best Brunch Spots in Every Southern State
The perfect mix of breakfast and lunch, brunch is a beloved meal among Americans. Anything but a quick bite, brunch is a time to catch up with family and friends over delicious food — and daytime drinks.
Some of the best restaurants in town take brunch to an entirely new level. Inventive dishes, delicious cocktails and gorgeous decor inspire customers to keep coming back for more. If you’re looking for a great brunch this weekend, don’t miss these extravagant restaurants.
See the full list of the best brunch sports in every U.S. state on Fortune.com.
Located in Birmingham, El Barrio offers its own inspired take on traditional brunch fare. Take in the gorgeous modern Mexican decor while enjoying delicacies like The Cuban Madam, served with smoked ham, roasted pork, fried eggs, Swiss cheese and a tomatillo sauce. Add on the sparkling grapefruit sangria and your tab will be around $20.
Rated 4.5 stars on Yelp, people rave about El Barrio serving brunch on Saturdays, so stop in to start your weekend off right.
Put on your Sunday best to dine in style at One Eleven at the Capital in Little Rock. One of the top restaurants in town for both its food and elegant ambiance, it’s no surprise this establishment is rated 4.5 stars on Yelp.
Build your own omelet with ingredients such as grits, Nueske’s bacon and French brie cheese, and sip on a Kir Royale while waiting for your food to arrive. Your total check will likely be around $28, but you won’t regret the splurge.
It’s not surprising that Restaurant Orsay, one of the top restaurants in Jacksonville, puts on a weekend brunch that Yelpers can’t stop raving about. Rated 4.5 stars on the review site, this upscale eatery in the city’s Avondale neighborhood is just as gorgeous as its food is delicious.
An order of the steak and eggs, paired with an Orsay Bloody Mary, Version 2.5 will cost you just under $30. If you’re dining with others in the mood for brunch cocktails, consider opting for the Grand Mimosa — a bottle of sparkling wine and a carafe of Natalie’s Orchid Island orange juice for $24.
Located at the Chattahoochee River in Vinings, you can’t beat the waterfront ambiance of the aptly named Canoe restaurant. Yelpers give it 4.5 stars, and it’s not hard to see why it’s one of the best places for brunch in Atlanta. Feast on a staple, such as the Duck n’ Beef Burger — with truffle fries — for $16 or smoked salmon eggs Benedict for $17 in this quiet, intimate spot.
Proudly serving farm-to-table goodness, Harvest Restaurant in Louisville is all about local flavor. Indulge yourself with hearty brunch dishes like the Big Ol’ Biscuit and Gravy, which washes down perfectly with the Housemade Smoky and Spicy Bloody Mary. Your bill will likely total just over $20 per person, but this restaurant’s 4.5 stars on Yelp ensure it’s worth every penny.
If you’re looking for an elevated Sunday brunch experience, Restaurant R’evolution in New Orleans delivers just that. Dress to impress at this glamorous French Quarter establishment, where you’ll feast on local staples like the Gulf Fish and Grits. Pair it with a specialty cocktail, such as the Hurricane Able for the complete brunch experience.
Dining in style doesn’t come cheap in New Orleans, so prepare to spend around $40 on brunch. The restaurant has 4.5 stars on Yelp, though, so it’s sure to be worth the cash.
You don’t want to miss brunch at Cava Mezze in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat experience for $35 — including 25 cent mimosas — if everyone in your party agrees to go all-in. You can also opt for the standard brunch menu, which offers a selection of mouthwatering entrees, including $10 chicken and waffles.
Ultra-chic Saltine Oyster Bar in Jackson serves the trendiest brunch items you’ve ever seen on a menu. Feast on the Brunchloaf, which combines everything you love about bacon with meatloaf, fried egg and potato hash. Or, bite into the smoked salmon tartine. To top your meal, sip on nitro cold brew coffee spiked with Baileys or Kahlua.
Yelpers give this beautiful Southern eatery four stars, which makes it even more impressive that you can easily get away with spending $20 or less.
Dogwood Southern Table & Bar in Charlotte is as charming as its name suggests. Located in the South Park neighborhood, Yelpers rate the restaurant a solid 4.5 stars.
You won’t regret indulging yourself with Southern classics like shrimp and grits or braised bacon hash. A honeysuckle mimosa will top off your brunch. Plan to shell out roughly $25.
Housed in a beautiful building in Oklahoma City, Kitchen No. 324 is a trendy brunch spot with a 4.5-star Yelp rating. Feast on mouthwatering dishes like pastrami and eggs or a fried green tomato Benedict from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Don’t forget to add a cup of hand-brewed coffee to your order, which should total less than $15.
Delightfully Southern, Columbia’s Bourbon restaurant is a trendy brunch spot that really delivers. Rated four stars on Yelp, spend your Saturdays and Sundays noshing on menu items like fried catfish for $12 or the Biscuit of Champions for $15.
Given the name of the restaurant, you might also want to top your brunch off with some whiskey. The selection changes almost daily, according to the restaurant.
Situated in downtown Memphis, the charming Majestic Grille is a favorite brunch spot among Yelpers, who rate it four stars. Offered Saturdays and Sundays, the brunch menu at this beautiful establishment is expansive, including everything from French toast to a breakfast burger.
Bloody marys are aplenty, but if you love your bubbly, try this: the Majestic Mimosa, which comes with a bottle of champagne, orange juice and fresh orange slices for $15. Plan to spend around $16 on brunch.
Everything’s bigger in the Lone Star State, including the brunch portions at State Fare Kitchen & Bar in Houston. Yelpers rave about the amount and quality of food, giving the restaurant a 4.5-star rating on the review site.
Choose from a variety of delectable dishes, including poached eggs on crab cakes and Ray’s Fried Catfish. The brunch cocktail list is expansive, including mulled sangria and a bloody mary flight. Expect to spend around $25 to $30 on brunch.
Whether you’re a tourist or a local in Virginia Beach, one visit to Bay Local Eatery is all it takes to understand why it’s one of the top restaurants for brunch. Rated 4.5 stars on Yelp, the expansive brunch menu includes everything from buttermilk pancakes to a pastrami and Swiss cheese omelet.
Get the full brunch experience by adding sangria or a specialty cocktail to your order. Expect your brunch check to total around $20.
Trendy Charleston eatery Black Sheep Burrito and Brews offers a variety of classic brunch options and signature Mexican dishes sure to keep you coming back for more. Served Saturdays and Sundays, choose from a variety of breakfast quesadillas, shrimp and grits on a biscuit and huevos rancheros.
Complete your meal with a glass of sangria. You can easily brunch for less than $20, a great value for a restaurant rated four stars on Yelp.