The Ultimate Saratoga Brunch Guide
Brunch… it really doesn’t get much better in our opinion, with breakfast and lunch classics available at the same time. But the options can prove daunting when it comes time to placing an order. Do you go sweet? Order breakfast? Or embrace the “lunch” side with something more savory? We find it easiest to decide while sipping on a bloody mary, mimosa or brunch cocktail. And now, thanks to a recent change in the New York liquor law, we no longer have to wait until noon on Sundays before we imbibe! We think that’s cause for celebration, don’t you? Read on for a rundown we’re calling our Ultimate Saratoga Brunch Guide, and find out what we’re enjoying (and sipping) once the weekend comes around! Max London’s Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. With a cool city vibe, this hotspot gets busy fast. If you plan to go on a Sunday you’ll definitely want to call ahead and make a reservation or risk a wait. We love their Belgian waffles and blue corn-buttermilk pancakes when we’re in the mood for a something more “breakfast-like,” or their Big Max burger once the clock strikes 12. Don’t forget to grab a bloody Mary, as there are several to choose from: classic, virgin, spicy hot, bacon, the harissa/lime-infused Morocco, and the bloody Maria, made with tequila and lime. They also have some amazing mimosas to choose from, if that if more your style. Prime at Saratoga National Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The prix fixe Sunday jazz brunch buffet is worth gathering the whole family together for, as children under 5 are free, adults are priced at just $32.95 and kids ages six to 12 are $18.95 each. You’ll find standards like muffins and bagels of course, but also French toast, scrambled eggs, Applewood smoked bacon and a chef-manned omelet station. Savory options include pastas, salads, peel-and-eat shrimp, seafood chowder and a carving station, which should keep even the pickiest eaters happy. If you manage to save room, you can finish things off with a dessert spread, including fresh fruit, shooters and fondue, before you head home. Oh, and there’s live jazz, as the name suggests. Hattie’s Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Fried chicken and waffles? Count us in! Plus, Hattie’s vibe is super relaxed—which is just perfect, in our book. Although their scrambles change weekly, their biscuits and gravy and fried chicken with grits are major mainstays that keep us coming back for more. FYI, they’ve been using the same chicken recipe since 1938—in case you want to impress out-of-towners with some trivia. Snag a Hattie’s bloody Mary, served with a fried chicken wing, candied bacon and pickled okra, or go south of the border with an Island Michelada, made with Red Stripe. Salt & Char Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This place has been getting plenty of buzz since its spring 2016 opening, and with good reason—it’s damn good. But make a reservation or risk being left out in the cold. They do a quiche du jour which is worth asking about as is their merguez hash, although newbies should consider one of their benedicts: steak, pork belly or gravlax. And if you’re in need of a good excuse to get a little sip-happy, they also do $5 martinis on Sundays. You’re welcome. The Local Pub & Teahouse Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Try the Irish breakfast—Irish bacon, sausage and eggs—or the mushroom tartine and taste something out of the ordinary. Their Meaty Mary is accented with bacon, and their Spicy Mary is infused with sriracha chili sauce, or you can keep things simple and choose an original. They also have a solid rotation of craft beer on draft, which will keep any beer lovers more than happy. If you’re driving, or looking for something on the lighter side, opt for one of their specialty hot tea blends, like Japanese sencha or Parisian red and cozy up by their fireplace. If you fall in love, you can even get some loose tea bagged to go. The Merry Monk Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Stop by this Belgian-inspired favorite and enjoy any one of their gorgeous omelets—like leek and gruyere, brie and chive or Southwest. They also do Belgian waffles and crepes topped with Nutella, strawberries or caramel, which will thrill sweet-toothed brunch goers. If you’re feeling adventurous, opt for the duck confit hash, or a breakfast flammkucchen, which is a sort of flatbread. Park Side Eatery Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sundays until 3:00 p.m. They may not have a brunch menu per se, but with breakfast available all day, every day, they certainly have what it takes! Park Side has a cool, NYC-deli style sort of vibe, where you order at the counter and service is quick. We are literally in love with their fresh, made-from-scratch doughnuts, but their challah French toast and farmhouse pancakes are also amazing. Standards like egg sandwiches, bacon and sausage abound, and there are a dozen gluten-free options for those living a g-free lifestyle. Did we mention they also do a fresh-squeezed mimosa, fresh bloody Mary (with homemade tomato juice), and are planning to unveil a series of brunch cocktails soon? They've got Cava and beer on tap, too. Ravenous Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Who doesn’t love crepes, sweet or savory? Whether you like yours stuffed with feta, spinach and tomato, or inspired by chicken cordon bleu, you’ll find it here—along with staples like chocolate-hazelnut spread, lemon curd, strawberries and caramel pecans. You can even build your own to suit, then pair it with a little something extra, like an apple cider, cranberry pear or orange mimosa. The Gideon Putnam Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eggs benedict, custom crepes and Belgian waffles top this brunch buffet, but hand-carved meats and smoked seafood are on hand for those pining for something a bit more savory. Adults can eat their fill for $27.95 each, while children six to 12 are just $16.95. Bring the whole family, as kiddies under five are free. Take a tip from us: Indulge yourself, then burn off a few calories afterwards with a stroll through the Saratoga Spa State Park. Beekman Bar + Eatery Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. With two-for-one mimosas offered all day long, you can spend the better part of a Sunday here and not even notice. Standard brunch options like chicken and waffles, eggs benedict and burgers are on the menu, but their French toast should not be missed. Order a few entrees to share and get tipsy. Sweet Mimi’s Cafe & Bakery Daily, 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (closed Tuesdays) No true brunch here, but we promise you won’t miss it, as breakfast and lunch are offered here six days a week, from open to close. So basically ‘brunch’ is available all day, every day. Go classic with an omelette, or opt for the Roman eggs, dolled up with asparagus, prosciutto and shaved parmesan, and pair it with a bottomless mug of coffee. Or maybe feed your carb-craving with Jeannette’s Signature Buttermilk Pancakes, the lemon ricotta pancakes or the bacon pancakes which have crispy bacon folded into the batter. Just remember they don’t take reservations and the wait can be as long as an hour. You must show up in-person, add your name to the list and wait to receive a text once your table is ready. But we swear, it’s worth the wait. Gaffney’s Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This Saratoga hot-spot is under new ownership as of the end of January 2017 and we can’t wait to see what they have in store (stay tuned for updates of course). Word is they are expanding brunch hours, currently only offered on Sundays, and introducing an all new menu with weekly specials. You don’t need to wait to enjoy this classic American brunch though. We suggest the house-braised corned beef hash topped with two eggs, sunny-side up, and Hollandaise sauce. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, you can’t go wrong with the homemade buttermilk pancakes or the waffles. We’re also looking forward to some really amazing bloodys and mimosas, but not to worry, they have both on the menu now. What’s your favorite brunch spot? We want to know! Tag us in your Facebook and Instagram photos with #ExploreSaratoga, for a chance to be featured!