Springtime and brunch just seem to go together, and not just because of Easter and Mother’s Day. There’s something about a leisurely Sunday meal that just feels right this time of year.
For a completely indulgent experience, the Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Ocean House in Westerly is a must. There’s an extensive raw bar, charcuterie sliced to order, an omelette bar, scrumptious breakfast and lunch options and a whole table of desserts – all to be enjoyed with live jazz, blues and soul music.
When fine dining and brunch combine, the result is the upscale menu at Simone’s in Warren. There’s a roaring wood-fired oven where all manner of deliciousness is prepared, like the wood-grilled cuts of meat for Eggs Benedicts. Even grapefruit gets the grilled treatment, which is then topped with Rhode Island honey. Chef Joe Simone even makes his own jams, which are so popular he sells them by the jar.
Nick’s on Broadway in Providence has been sourcing from local farms since before it was cool, and it’s reflected in their weekend morning menu. They’ve got fresh eggs from Baffoni’s Poultry Farm in Johnston, fish from Point Judith, dairy from Narragansett Creamery and so much more.
Dante’s Kitchen in East Greenwich pulls much of its culinary inspiration from below the Mason-Dixon Line. They’ve got Biscuits and Gravy, Chicken and Waffles and Pulled Pork Hash, which can all be washed down with a Baton Rouge Lemonade with Bulleit Bourbon or the Dante’s Inferno Bloody Mary, with a cocktail shrimp, bacon swizzle stick and spicy rim.
If brunch for you is more about the drinks than the food, the $15 bottomless Mimosas at The Village in Providence’s Jewelry District will satisfy. However, if you do need a snack to accompany the bubbles, some Lavender Dusted Lemon Vanilla Pancakes might do
One Mimosa or Bloody Mary just isn’t going to cut it. Opt for a pitcher instead. That’s exactly what you can get at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket and Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick. Don’t forget about the Irish pub fare, like Corned Beef and Hash, to accompany it.
For a side of history with your meal, head to the Modern Diner in Pawtucket. You’ll sit inside a historic railcar and dine on favorites like the Custard French Toast that the Food Network dubbed the number one diner dish in America.
If you thought that you couldn’t just roll out of bed and head to breakfast, think again. Providence’s XO Cafe’s Pajama Brunch encourages diners to sport their comfiest PJs, and in return they are rewarded with a free Mimosa or Bloody Mary.
1149’s brunch buffet in Warwick is something that everyone needs to experience at least once. In addition to carving and omelette stations, a dessert display, made-to-order bennies, soup, salad and smoked salmon, there’s a live jazz guitarist to keep your toes tapping all morning long.
On the search for a healthier brunch? T’s Restaurant has all the egg white and gluten-free options you could ask for. With everything from omelettes and oatmeal to sandwiches, keeping in tip-top shape is as easy as pie… or a healthy alternative to pie.
By the Ocean
For a brunch that’s more seafood-focused, head to George’s of Galilee. Think Fried Oysters and Chorizo Hash, Lobster Omelettes and a raw bar. Oh, and don’t forget to look up every so often for glimpses of the Block Island Ferry as it makes its way through the channel.
If starting your Sunday morning with views of the ocean is on your list, the Ocean Mist in Matunuck is where it’s at. Plus, from 9am-2pm, when you order from the Dawn Patrol Specials, the first Bloody Mary or Mimosa is just three bucks.
The Narragansett Cafe in Jamestown has been livening up Sunday mornings for years with their Sunday Blues, Bloodies and Brunch. When you add in no cover charge, their famous Fish and Chips and strong drinks, there’s no reason not to hang at the Ganny.