(Re-post of 12/13/2010 posting)
I LOVE brunch. I love everything about brunch: The excuse to eat the portions of practically two meals (it is breakfast and lunch combined, after-all!), that it’s typically had on the weekend (and everyone loves the weekend), eggs, home fries, fresh OJ, good coffee, and (hopefully) good conversation with friends, family or a date! Whether it’s a greasy diner or a posh breakfast spot, brunch is almost always a good time!
(My) Top Brunch Spots in the Burlington, VT area:
Penny Cluse– This is one of the top brunch spots in Burlington- there is always a long wait on the weekends (I recommend going earlier, rather than later), local products are used & known for their creative/delicious dishes. It’s a tasty place, that’s been voted top brunch for a number of years now by Seven Days readers, but there are plenty of others that are just as good! (169 Cherry St Burlington, VT) photo from: WeddingMapper.com
Sadie Katz– This place is a cute local diner/Jewish deli and is a personal favorite. Their fresh squeezed OJ is amazing, their sandwiches are piled high with meat and their eggs benedict has the option of veggie sausage. Almost all the dishes are served with a latke (Jewish potato pancake) and you get a dish of yummy pickles to munch on as you wait for your food. Simple and delicious. (189 Bank St Burlington, VT)
UPDATE: Sadie Katz sadly served their last latke this past summer (2011)…The location is currently under contract to be purchased by a new owner. While I’m excited to see what will go in the unique space, I’ll miss Sadie Katz and all their delicious offerings.
picture from: RealHoneymoons.com
Leunig’s– Thankfully brunch here is cheaper than dinner. Leunigs is a quaint, upscale French bistro that serves up a good brunch. Options include a variety of eggs benedict, breakfast burritos, croissants and seasonal specials. Their mimosas aren’t bad, either. Good place to go to when want to impress a guest or for an anniversary. (115 Church St Burlington, VT)
Skinny Pancake– A tasty creperie good for brunch ( or lunch or dinner). Numerous options for any and all palates. My personal favorite is their Egg Fetastic (Shadow Cross Farm egg, baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, Kalamata olives, sautéed mushrooms and feta cheese). Gluten-free and vegan batters available for their crepes upon request. A socially responsible business & local foods used. Good prices & casual atmosphere. (60 Lake St Burlington, VT= waterfront & 89 Main St Montpelier, VT)
Diners: Henry’s, Arcadia & Libby’s– I’m a sucker for diners, so I love these places. Henry’s is a great place to get a greasy brunch after a long night out. It is a favorite spot for locals and undergrads, so expect a wait on the weekends. Typically the line goes quick. Diners are typically old fashioned classics, so don’t expect anything fancy or over-the-top. Arcadia has friendly service & a little something for everyone- including some Greek options (Henry’s does, too, since they are owned by the same Greek family) and doesn’t necessarily have the wait that Henry’s does on the weekends. Libby’s will typically have a wait on the weekends, but worth it for their eggs and bottomless cup of coffee. If you’re just looking for a good meal and not too concerned about your diet that morning/afternoon, hit up one of these fun spots for a taste of history.
Henry’s: 155 Bank St Burlington, VT (off Church St)
Arcadia: 1696 Williston Rd, South Burlington, VT
Libby’s: 46 Highpoint Center Colchester, VT ( right off rte 89)
The Spot– A new(er) place that’s only been open for about a year now. The motif inside is surf-themed (kinda cute) in a converted old gas station/garage. Seating available outside during warm weather months & their smoothies are a must. Eggs available in any way you want & the home fries are tasty. Their eggs benedict special (when available) is a must- add red onions and spinach & you won’t regret it! (210 Shelburne Rd Burlington, VT)
Sneakers– A local favorite that always has a line on the weekends, but they do serve breakfast all week long. Recently relocated into a larger spot just a few steps away, Sneakers has been in Winooski for a while & isn’t going anywhere. While you wait for a table (can be anywhere for 10-30 minutes), you can grab a coffee/Bloody Mary/Mimosa next door at The Monkey House bar (weekends). Sneakers serves up tasty eggs benedict, pancakes, French Toast, etc. Outside seating available during warmer months. (36 Main St Winooski, VT- in the roundabout)