In the food world, brunch is America’s favorite past time. Who doesn’t love a Sunday brunch, or better yet, one with bottomless mimosas? It’s a wonderful way to spend a leisurely morning, and it’s the kind of meal that really does bring people together. For those in Orange County, you may have some of the best brunch in the game. The following are some of the hottest brunch spots in the OC.
1. The Sugar Shack
A Huntington Beach staple for nearly 45 years, The Sugar Shack is a family owned and operated business that has been serving some of the best brunch in town. Unlike most restaurants, they have no set brunch menu, but rather focus on two main meals that are served all day. Amongst the locals the omelets and hash browns get big thumbs up, and the most popular item is their Keppler’s, eggs scrambled on an English muffin and topped with sliced avocado, tomato, bacon, and hollandaise sauce with a side of hash browns. The Sugar Shack is the epitome of a Californian eatery, with beautiful pier and ocean views, limitless sunshine, and coastal breezes.
Address: 213 Main St. Huntington Beach
2. Eat Chow
How often do you get to enjoy a brew over breakfast without getting some sideways glances? Rarely. All beer lovers rejoice! At Eat Chow you can sip on beers specifically brewed for morning enjoyment that pair perfectly with your meal. Whether you’re a savory or sweet brunch type, there are numerous scrumptious choices to be had. Dig in to their home-style fare like the “Breakfast BLTA or the exquisite rendition of french toast made with a French baguette and topped with a blackberry compote. Eat Chow even makes all of their sauces and mixes from scratch. This mod, yet retro-inspired eatery is a definite must-try.
Address: 1802 Newport Blvd. Costa Mesa
3. Ramos House
Situated in one of the oldest homes in California (1881), the historic Ramos House Cafe is completely outdoors in a quaint cozy patio. Ramos House is both home and business to owner, John Q. Humphreys. Out front on the cafe menu you’ll find a note from John stating, “Like the old days, the owner lives and works at the house. The wines are kept in the cellar, the herbs are grown in the garden, and the ice cream is turned out back. The menu changes daily and everything is made from scratch. Welcome to my home.” Humprhreys’ commitment to his craft is clear when your palette tastes dishes like his Banana Maple Pain Perdu or Smoked Bacon Scramble with Wilted Rocket and Apple Fried Potatoes. It’s pure bliss with every bite.
Address: 31752 Los Rios St. San Juan Capistrano
4. Haute Cakes Caffe
At this Newport Beach staple, pancakes are no longer referred to by their usual name, they are haute cakes. And they are unbelievably good. The menu features fresh, healthy, and elegant variations of classic flavors and favorites. In the mood for a classic? Then try their Buttermilk Haute Cakes, however if you want to branch out then go for the tangy Orange Ricotta Haute Cakes. Those who don’t like pancakes, fear not, for they do offer a large menu of scrambles, sandwiches, and salads. Best yet is that owner, Paul Taddeo, works to develop a sense of community to his restaurant by bringing together friends, neighbors, and strangers under the common goal of enjoying a delicious meal.
Address: 1807 Westcliff Dr. Newport Beach
5. Nick’s Laguna Beach
Dedicated to perfecting the dining experience, offering the highest quality food and beverages, and providing impeccable hospitality is what sets Nick’s Laguna Beach a part. While the brunch menu is small, it doesn’t take away from the strong savory dishes offered. Sink your teeth in to Nick’s Friend Chicken & Waffles Stack, with sausage gravy, maple syrup, and Nueske’s bacon. It’s the kind of hearty breakfast that keeps you fueled all day long. For most, coffee is an essential part of the brunch experience, and many will be excited to know that they offer Stumptown Coffee, a craft coffee brewer that is taking over coffee lovers’ hearts.
Address: 440 S Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach