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How We Brunch

Bloody Marys, dim sum, and drag brunches, oh my!

Towering stacks of fluffy French toast lathered in maple syrup and butter, baskets packed with foil-wrapped breakfast tacos, cast iron pans filled with puffy Dutch Babies, platters laden with smoked salmon and bagels, chalices of Bloody Marys garnished a mile high, and too many cups of piping hot coffee. This is how we brunch. Because after a long week, is there anything better than devouring your weight in brunch fare?

Weekend brunch is a gustatory oasis in the middle of our busy lives. It’s a time to gather with friends, share stories from the week over bottomless mimosas (or hair of the dog), and rock-paper-scissors for the last slice of bacon. Whether you make the pilgrimage to a strip mall to visit your favorite dim sum restaurant, gravitate towards eggs Benny at your favorite drag brunch spot, or crave homemade waffles the shape of your home state (we’re looking at you, Texas), we understand that these moments are truly special.

Join us as The Spruce Eats explores everyone’s favorite weekend meal. We’ll take a look at regional brunch culture around the U.S., and do a deep dive into five brunch classics (with inventive variations!) that anyone can make at home.

So buckle up buttercup, because our brunch adventure awaits!

-Victoria Heydt, Editorial Director

Photo composite of Alicia Love Williams, breakfast tacos, and a mimosa

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Brunch Culture Across America

Bloody Mary divider with a picture of two Bloody Mary cocktails

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The Iconic Brunch Cocktail

It’s been said that if you chant “Bloody Mary” three times in the mirror at a brunch establishment, the brunch gods will smile down upon you and you’ll receive a lifetime supply of this classic cocktail. (Okay, not really, but how fun would that be?!) From the classic iteration to variations with clamato, tequila, beer, and aquavit, we’ll show you how to craft this iconic beverage from the comfort of your home.

French toast divider with a photo of two pieces of French toast and butter

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The Sweet Treat

Nothing is as comforting on the brunch table as fluffy French toast. We said what we said. Whether you tend to gravitate towards sweet dishes or savory ones, we encourage you to make room for French toast at your table either way. There’s something incredibly satisfying about having a batch where you and your guests can finish off your meal with a sweet treat. Our inner child revels in this—and yours will too.

Dutch Baby divider with a photo of a Dutch Baby pancake in a cast iron pan

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The Showstopper

Minimal effort, minimal ingredients, AND it’s a total vision when brought out to the table? Yes, please! Move over pancakes, Dutch Babies are taking over. A blank slate for your sweet and savory needs, you can add any ingredients that your heart desires. Sautéed greens and Boursin? Yes! Bacon and cheese? Who doesn’t enjoy bacon and cheese?! Cinnamon and apples? We only take serious questions here. Give it a shot and prove us wrong. We dare you.

Bagel and Lox divider with an image of two open-faced bagels with cream cheese, smoked salmon, capers, and red onions

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The Brunch Staple

The open-face sandwich to end all open-faced sandwiches, bagel and lox is THE staple at any true brunch event. Easy to throw together, available during any season, and divine to devour, the combination of smoked salmon and cream cheese on a lightly toasted bagel is **chef’s kiss**. Want to try a fun variation on this age-old classic? Swap out the bagel for savory herb pancakes or whip up some scrambled eggs to make a behemoth of a breakfast sandwich. No matter which way it's served, bagel and lox will be on our brunch menus until the end of days.

Breakfast Taco divider with image of three tacos filled with eggs, salsa, chorizo, and avocado

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The Handheld

Dr. Seuss had the idea of things: “Would you? Could you? In a car? Eat them! Eat them! Here they are.” Whether you’re a sit-down diner or a picnic enthusiast, breakfast tacos are the answer. From 15-minute tacos to overnight ones (marinating is great for richer flavor), we’ve got the breakfast taco for you!

Brunch dishes like French toast and bagels and lox paired with brunch cocktails on vibrant background

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Our Best Brunch Buys

You’ve got the recipes, you’ve got the desire, now let us help you find the tools that will ensure an easy-breezy brunch extravaganza. We’ve rounded up our six favorite types of tools that guarantee success.