In the past few years, the millennial-driven movement to combine breakfast and lunch into a single meal has exploded in popularity. This hybrid eating event is known as “Brunch” (note the capital “B” and “C”). Brunch first gained popularity among high society as an excuse to have cocktail hour earlier in the day, but has recently become more of a casual dining ritual than an elitist party. Thanks to this new accessibility, brunch spots have proliferated throughout cities and suburbs alike. While many of these restaurants have their own unique flair, there are certain elements that are common among them all. From eggs Benedict to bagels and lox, here are some helpful pointers for navigating this tricky dining world:
Don’t Be Afraid To Be Creative
Although we covered some of the classic brunch foods, it is important to note that there is no right or wrong way to brunch. The only rule is that there are no rules. While there are common dishes that are associated with brunch, there are no strict guidelines on what you must order. If you see something that catches your eye, do not be afraid to order it! Brunch is a great chance to try foods that you never would have ordered for dinner. You might be surprised by how well the brunch fare holds its own against dinner foods. Additionally, it is important to remember that brunch is a social event. You can always order an off-the-wall dish and split it with one or more people at the table. This is a great way to sample a variety of dishes while not over-ordering and feeling sick after your meal.
Be Adventurous, But Know Your Limits
While you should definitely explore the brunch menu, it is important to know your own preferences as well. If you do not like certain foods, that is okay! If you are at a brunch with people you do not know, it might be best to order something you are very familiar with. Brunch can be an adventurous meal, but that does not mean you have to try everything on the menu. There is nothing wrong with ordering an omelet or the pancakes even if you might be missing out on some other great dishes. If you are with others, it is okay to discuss what everyone would like to order. Make sure to keep your preferences in mind, but do not be afraid to offer suggestions.
Know Your Brunch Basics
Brunch is a meal with a very loose definition. Some people consider it a meal that occurs between 10am and 2pm, while others believe it is a meal that occurs between 10am and whenever you decide to go home. In general, brunch is considered a meal that is eaten between 10am and 2pm. More and more restaurants are seeing a rise in customers who want their brunch to start as early as 9am. Brunch menus will usually have a mix of breakfast and lunch foods. While eggs and pancakes are often present, other dishes such as sandwiches, salads, and sometimes even burgers are likely to be offered as well. Brunch often features fancier food than a typical breakfast. Dishes such as eggs benedict and crepes are often associated with brunch.
Eggs Benny: A Brunch Standard
No article about brunch would be complete without discussing the eggs benedict. This dish is a staple at just about every brunch restaurant. The eggs benedict is a classic combination of poached eggs, Canadian bacon, and hollandaise sauce. The eggs are placed on a toasted English muffin and the whole dish is often served with home fries. This meal is often served as a brunch special, but it is not uncommon to see eggs benedict on the menu at other times of day. When you are at a brunch restaurant, be sure to ask if eggs benedict is a special. This is often a hidden supplement that is not listed on the menu.
Ham and Mango Frittata: An Egg-Based Variation
While many people associate brunch with breakfast foods, there are also many lunch items on brunch menus. A frittata is a type of omelet that is folded into a crust-less quiche. This meal is often served with a side salad or as an appetizer before a meal. A ham and mango frittata is a tasty, ham-based variation of this dish. It is a delicious, easy-to-share brunch item.
Salmon Scramble: For the Seafood Lovers
Scrambled eggs are the classic brunch dish, but they are often overlooked in favour of fancier fare. A salmon scramble is a delicious and interesting way to incorporate salmon into your brunch. Salmon is a very healthy fish that contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and protein. This dish features poached salmon and eggs scrambled together with a few vegetables. It is often served with a side salad, toast or a bagel, and a slice of lemon.
Baked Eggs: A Spanish Twist on a Brifting Tradition
Another egg-based variation on the brunch menu is the baked egg dish. This dish features eggs baked in a tomato sauce with a few spices. It is often served with bread for dipping in the sauce and a side salad. Baked eggs are a very common dish in Spain. They are often served with a side of toast or rice.
When visiting a brunch restaurant, be sure to look over the menu and decide what you want to order. The brunch rush is often very busy, so you do not want to wait around too long to order. Brunch is a meal that is all about variety. You can mix and match your dishes as you please. There is no wrong way to brunch, as long as you are having fun!