it comes to the perfect weekend escape, there are
elements we can't do without: ultra comfy beds, enticing
settings and good food. In particular, we want to
wake up in the morning—late—and wander
down the hall to a meal we can linger over for hours,
should we feel so inclined. Brunch is a decadent event.
It's not a hearty breakfast that gets your motor running,
nor is it a refreshing lunch to give you energy to
make it through the afternoon. It's an extravagance—an
opportunity to sample and nibble and drink Champagne
in daylight hours—and in the following list,
you'll find our favorite places to spoil ourselves
when traveling out of town.
SEASONS HOTEL BOSTON: Aujourd'Hui
tuxedoed wait staff, opulent décor and contemporary
French cuisine make brunching here an exercise in the art of excess. Bernardaud china and
Rivolta Carmangani linens serve as palettes for dishes
like seafood crêpes with Newburg sauce and apricot-
and honey-glazed ham leg carved to order. We suggest
you skip standards such as scrambled eggs and granola
for more elegant fare, including cracked native lobster
tails or coconut- and ginger-marinated baby chicken.
The Dining Room
Shu Peking duck, applewood home-smoked salmon, and Belgian
waffles with shaved chocolate demonstrate the variety
at this sophisticated Sunday brunch.
In a tranquil setting,
you can enjoy selections from fish, sushi and Asian
stations, as well as an array of desserts: cheesecakes,
tarts, tiramisu and rice pudding. Although the special
kids buffet lacks imagination—chicken nuggets,
hot dogs and PB&J—it will keep the little
ones preoccupied while you savor your delightfully adult
Bally's Steakhouse/The Sterling Brunch
would like to point out that there is a distinction
between a breakfast buffet and brunch.
A breakfast buffet is generally a free-for-all morning
meal (particularly in Vegas, where morning is a relative
hour), while brunch is a deliberately plotted event.
That’s why we applaud Bally's for its dedicated Sterling
Brunch. Reservations are essential for this upscale
gastronomical extravaganza. Caviar, lobster gazpacho,
cranberry crusted rack of lamb and vintage Champagne
are among the gustatory pleasures you'll find.
PENINSULA BEVERLY HILLS:
not likely to find an unappealing dish on this weekend
menu. That's the dilemma. How do you decide what to
choose? To solve this problem we recommend the brunch
sampler: caramelized cashew French toast, Maine
lobster tart and "quail egg in hole" with
chicken apple sausage. You'll want to take your time
and enjoy the terrace
setting, whose calm atmosphere is enhanced by a
playful but unambiguous note on the menu discouraging
The Boon Fly Café
hearty weekend brunch
menu takes its cues from its rustic, wine
country surroundings. You'll find top quality ingredients
such as house-made chorizo and Cowgirl Creamery cheeses,
as well as favorites such as the triple stack of buttermilk
griddle pancakes. Accompanying innovative takes on traditional
fare are a wide selection of flatbreads and the signature
Boon Fly donuts. The latter comes paired with a fresh
SONESTA HOTEL NEW ORLEANS:
the hardships wrought by Hurricane Katrina, a gracious,
welcoming spirit perseveres in New Orleans. You'll be
happy to know that the Sunday Champagne brunch at Begué's is still going strong. Dating back to the late 1800s,
this mid-morning meal is now a local institution. Expect
regional flavors—from robust local coffee to shrimp
étouffée—on the French and Creole
menu. In a dignified
setting looking onto a tropical courtyard, you'll
also enjoy surprise treats from the pastry chefs, who
use Sundays to try out new creations.
those who associate Sunday brunch with fussy, classical
settings, Thor sets out to change that stereotype. Its name is an acronym
for the property it inhabits, and its style corresponds
with the hotel's stark, striking atmosphere. The chef here relies on
New York's greenmarkets to support his menu, and Saturday
and Sunday brunches keep in line with the restaurant's
global cuisine, which has included such breakfast items
as crêpes with caramelized plums and quark cheese.
you've come to spend your weekend on the slopes, this
brunch might prove a predicament, diverting your attentions
with its blueberry pancakes, maple-glazed bacon and
waffle station. We think it's worth giving those Rossignols
a rest, though, for the signature Stein's wild game chili and roasted buffalo rib roast. You'll
also want to save time for the chef's grand dessert
buffet, featuring fourteen kinds of cakes and pies.
Dragonfish Asian Café
this restaurant's Pacific
Rim locale, we find its dim sum brunch quite clever.
In fact, we're surprised more places in the region don't
offer similar fare. We appreciate this alternative to
typical eggs and bacon: caramel ginger chicken, bulgogi
skirt steak, honey walnut shrimp and the like. If you're
looking for an "authentic" experience, keep
in mind that this isn't an old school Chinatown kitchen.
Dragonfish Asian Café is a place to see and be
seen, even on a leisurely Sunday morning.
MANSION DEL RIO:
on the Riverwalk—with terrific river views—Las
Canarias has been presenting its Champagne Sunday
brunch for more than two generations. Vie with locals
for dishes from food stations that run the culinary
gamut, from sushi and meat carvings to omelets and regional
cheeses. House made breads, cakes, pies and tarts make
hearty Texas-sized appetites a must for this lavish