The workweek is finally over, which means it’s time to decide where the girl squad is meeting for a brunch lituation this weekend. After grinding hard all week, only the best mimosas and chicken and waffles will suffice. But with so many options to choose from, where does a budding brunchnista even begin?
Your editors here at ESSENCE got your back, and like any good girlfriends, we’ve made your life easier by rounding up a few hotspots in major cities that we know you’ll love. From traditional breakfast klubs and french toast flights to global fusions like you’ve never seen, these restaurants have the perfect brunch vibe. And the best part? They’re all Black-owned – cheers to that!
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Brooklyn: MangoSeed Restaurant
Located in ‘The People’s Republic of Brooklyn,’ MangoSeed is truly addictive. From the jerk salmon and waffles to the jerk wings, and of course the plantain, your belly will be begging you for more!
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Chicago: Batter & Berries
Chi-Town has been holding out on the rest of us, ya’ll. If you didn’t already know, Batter & Berries is a must for brunch when visiting the city. In addition to delicious menu offerings like La Colombe Brisket or The PortaBella Hash, you must try their amazing French Toast Flight which combines four signature flavors of batter-dipped Brioche into a small piece of heaven.
Photo Credit: Batter & Berries
Atlanta: Twisted Soul Cookhouse
If you’re looking for a little bit of southern soul with a global flair, then Twisted Soul Cookhouse is the spot for you. This is not your typical brunch menu, dishes like Smothered Pork Steak and Basmati Rice w/ Sorghum Glazed Carrots and Black Pepper Biscuits, Hoison Oxtails w/ Vegetable Fried Rice and Jack Daniel’s Honey Pecan Wings will set your tastebuds and your foodie soul on fire.
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Houston: The Breakfast Klub
Ask anyone from Houston and they’ll tell you that The Breakfast Klub is where it’s at for brunch on the weekend or any time for that matter. From pork chops and eggs to wings and grits, this klub does breakfast and they do it well.
Photo Credit: The Breakfast Klub
Oakland: Oeste Bar & Cafe
What makes brunching at Oeste so dope is that not only can you dine on yummy goodness like sweet potato pancakes and chorizo hash, but you get amazing views of the city at the same damn time. How can you possibly beat that?