Thursday, February 6, 2014

For Sunday brunch devotees, it’s more than just omelets and mimosas that make it a special time of the week. It’s the invitation to slow down, to appreciate sharing a meal without having to rush to another appointment afterwards, and the ambiance of a good local restaurant. Brunch is a beautifully laid-back meal where you can have the best of breakfast and lunch in one sitting, not to mention indulging in a little day drinking alongside your morning cappuccino! And you don’t have to convince us much on a meal where it’s acceptable to pour syrup over everything. So finding the perfect brunch ensemble that’s ladylike in a modern-vintage way and thoroughly chic always inspires us to call up our girlfriends and make reservations for a luxuriant Sunday feast. Here are four spots that are worth the Sunday brunch pilgrimage (and the wait!).

1. New York City, NY: Sarabeth’s
Sarabeth’s combines rustic inspiration with contemporary flair -- an unusual haven in the midst of fast-paced New York City. Started by an award-winning jam and pastry chef, Sarahbeth’s brunch menu features everything from almond-crusted french toast to classic egg dishes. Head to one of five locations with your best gals for some braised short rib hash!

2. Los Angeles, CA: The Tasting Kitchen
Located in artsy Venice Beach, The Tasting Kitchen describes itself with a single word -- montage. Offering an eclectic array of brunch dishes, this is the perfect place to take adventurous friends for a weekend catch-up session. Pick from chicken and waffles, fig & cheddar grilled cheese, clams with chorizo, and other creative dishes.

3. Chicago, IL: Lula Café
A Chicago hotspot, Lula Cafe keeps the menu short and sweet, but no less delicious! Perfect for those who crave a casual farm-to-table atmosphere, Lula Cafe serves up a selection of classics with a gourmet twist. Try the Peanut Butter Griddle Cakes (accompanies by banana custard) or select the Rutabaga Gratin for something truly unexpected.

4. Ann Arbor, MI: Sava’s
Three words: Bourbon. French. Toast. Located near the University of Michigan, Sava’s has both an extensive menu and gorgeous presentation. Stop by on Sundays for a delectable brunch filled with crepes, eggs benedict, and house-made pop-tarts.

What better way to end the weekend than with mimosas and best friends? Find the perfect ensemble in our new lookbook, Our Fair Lady, and then make those Sunday afternoon reservations (but not too early, since sleeping in is the best start to the day…).

Happy brunching!