“Brunch” is a dreamy word. One syllable, yet it conjures so many images. Sunlit tables. Poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Celery jutting out of Bloody Mary glasses. Better than breakfast, jauntier than lunch, brunch is an occasion, vaguely scheduled around noon.
Each weekend, Providence bustles with brunches, and they’re about as sublime as a Sunday morning gets. Park on a tree-lined street, greet friends, and settle into a corner table – because public socializing is what city life is all about, plus a mimosa or two. Here are some of our favorite venues – most of them fun, walkable, and reasonably priced.
Feast on New England favorites, like Maine lobster omelettes and maple syrup-covered waffles, in the Jewelry District restaurant that doubles as an antiques showroom.
With its quirky decor and pop-culture-laden WC, Julian’s is a hit with young diners seeking veggie wraps and scrambled egg pizza.
KG Kitchen is both a cozy neighborhood cocktail lounge and a trendy restaurant, and the sprawling brunch menu runs the gamut of eggs, breakfast sandwiches, and batter-based delights.
Milk Money has its share of classics, like the braised pork hash and the Chicken N’ Biscuit, as well as lighter alternatives, all in an atmospheric brick-and-wood interior.
Nick’s on Broadway
Only the acclaimed Nick’s on Broadway could turn an item called “Fish + Toast” into a masterpiece. (How? With Point Judith fish and parsley-dill aioli). The sleek interior and elaborate morning cocktails have sealed Nick’s brunch reputation.
Olga’s Cup and Saucer
Olga’s has been a favorite cafe/bakery/restaurant since 1988, and the menu includes elegant favorites like bread pudding and lemon blueberry goat cheese French toast.
The ephemeral menu ensures a different experience from visit to visit, so it’s fitting that Persimmon hosts its brunches only once per month. Past highlights include deviled eggs with a smoked trout mousse, Spaghetti Bolognese, and capeletti filled with chestnut purée.
The District is known largely as a pizza hotspot – but veteran brunchers have also savored their Jambalaya Grits and Tres Leches French Toast.
The Salted Slate
The Salted Slate is renowned for its global influences, which explains the existence of delicacies like Duck Confit Poutine or the Ahi Flatbread Sandwich. You can also just grab their Bag of Warm Donuts.
For a romantic morning, it’s hard to beat a Victorian gatehouse on the Seekonk River. Waterman offers traditional entries – Buttermilk Pancakes, Challah French Toast – as well as some newcomers, like the Avocado Toast and Mushroom Grilled Cheese.
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