The brunch tradition started in England, home of the hard-core drunks. Instead of a heavy afternoon Sunday meal, the British pleaded for a lighter meal for those who’ve done a bit too much imbibing on Saturday nights. And a little Hair of the Dog doesn’t hurt either.
We San Antonioians may not have as many brunch options as other cities, but what we do have is spectacular:
Chicken and Waffles: Chef Jesse Perez is not messing around at Arcade Midtown Kitchen. At brunch, you won’t find wimpy salads or puny yogurt. You will find chicken milanesa fried to perfection, with a fluffy waffle, under a latticework of maple syrup. If you have a second person (or an enormous appetite), order the pork belly ragu benedict as well. It’s the same pork belly ragu from the dinner menu, and it is always satisfyingly tangy and delicious.
See and Be Seen: The patio at Feast is the place to spot upscale hipsters in town. From this vantage point, you can see the beating heart of Southtown while you eat eggs in hell, crepes and a metric ton of eggs. Whether you want savory or sweet, carby or eggy, you can get it at Feast … and look hella cool while doing so.
Divine Experience: Hallelujah! Brunch! That’s what you’ll be yelling at the Gospel Brunch at Gruene Hall. On the second Sunday of every month, Gruene Hall hosts a morning of gospel music and breakfast eats. Brunch is catered by the Gristmill (where you probably eat after a day of floating) and includes sausage, bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy and other brunch fare.
Monty and the Funky Brunch: Chef Zachary Garza sticks to brunch basics at The Monterey, but with interesting twists: some quark here, some feta butter there, and a whole lot of Benton’s bacon (the best bacon in the land). Though there’s never a bad time to go to The Monterey, fall is ideal. It’s cool enough to dine al fresco while downing Americanos and cava mimosas. Though I can and will eat everything on the brunch menu, the brisket burger always wins out. The brioche bun and pimento cheese set the burger apart from every other one in town.