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Some people find joy in cooking. Some people find joy in other people’s cooking because they can’t cook and have no other choice. And that’s one of the reasons why we go out to eat! Celebrate our first post-blizzard weekend by venturing out of your house or apartment to re-immerse yourself in the world of the weekend brunch.


Sometimes ordering at restaurants can be hard. And sometimes the solution to that problem can be you asking yourself, “which one of these dishes would I never be able to make for myself?” Barcelona’s menu has a good mix of simple and intricate dishes – so you can go for the rockfish a la plancha and the char grilled lamb burger, or the brioche French toast and lemon buttermilk cupcakes.

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The name Fiola Mare just oozes #sophistication. Sometimes having a reason to take a shower and look nice makes you feel like you have your shit together, and maybe that’s the reason we go to nice restaurants. So if being stuck inside for the entire weekend has you feeling down then going to Fiola Mare and ordering their pane bello “French” toast, lemon ricotta pancakes, or uova in camica might make you feel better.

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Nothing says class like fancy seafood. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace’s brunch menu has a nice mix of dishes if you favor one type of seafood over the other – because lord knows that sometimes if you’re not in the mood for shrimp you need the option of ordering mussels. You can opt for Addie’s mussels served with garlic, shallot, butter, lemon, and a grilled baguette; or go in a  completely different direction and try the potato latkes, chopped salad, or a sticky cinnamon roll.



Table’s setup and aesthetic makes you feel like you’re in a cool Scandinavian apartment – so it’s like going on a little vacation, sort of. Brunch is served on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the menu has a variety of smaller and larger dishes. You can get ricotta beignets, house-made sticky buns, and house made ice cream and sorbets for the table. Or if you don’t want to share you can get the brioche BLT, duck confit n’ grits, or the classic breakfast plate.



Daikaya is that cool Japanese restaurant that makes you feel bad for considering sushi as your only experience with Japanese cuisine. Have you ever thought of making French Toast soaked in cream and soy milk and dusted with kinako?! Or Japanese hambagu, a fried egg, and rice with gravy? The drink menu is stocked up with options like a Daikaya Bloody Mary with the house bloody mix, Thai chili Vodka, and a Smoked Takuan.

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