January 20, 2017

Top Spots for Brunch in Orange County

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If you're a brunch lover, you'll be right at home in Orange County! If there is one thing that is essential to the make up of a Orange County local’s weekend it is the sweet smell of bacon and eggs, breakfast burritos with avocado, or comforting gluten free baked goods, and of course coffee, enjoyed during a long, leisurely mid-morning meal.

Brunch lovers know what we're talking about! There is something especially delectable, and especially picturesque, about that late breakfast or early lunch that we call brunch. Whether it is with spent with family and friends, or for some extra ‘me-time,’ brunch is a great way to unwind and enjoy the weekend. And brunch in Orange County, with its sunny days, swaying palms, and laid-back beach culture, is even better!

Here are our top choices for Orange County brunch locations to satisfy even the most discerning brunch-lover:

For a Casual Beachy Brunch:
Cafe Mimosa
San Clemente

One of our local favorites, Cafe Mimosa in San Clemente is a cozy French-inspired cafe that dishes out exceptional food and a welcoming coastal atmosphere. At Cafe Mimosa you'll enjoy charming outdoor patio dining, divine fresh baked pastries, and Mimosa specialties like the creme brulee French toast, egg white frittata, and pork belly.

If you're visiting on a weekend, be sure to arrive early! This is a popular spot, and there is often a wait.

San Clemente

Another cozy French style restaurant, La Galette Specializes in delectable breakfast crepes. You'll find both sweet and savory crepes on the menu, as well as other breakfast options, salads, and sandwiches. Seating is limited at La Galette, but the location is perfect, with ocean views just across from the Pier.

For a Hearty Meal

Crow Bar & Kitchen
Corona Del Mar

A gastropub known for its award winning burgers, Crow Bar and Kitchen also offers satisfying breakfast options like duck fat fried chicken and waffles, PB&J; French toast, a towering Crow "break-wich," and of course a classic American Breakfast. You'll love the comfortable, upscale, friendly pub atmosphere, and the local, farm-fresh ingredients. Crow Bar and Kitchen is dedicated to being a responsible local business, and following sustainable practices - so you can dine with confidence!

For The Whole Family:

Stacks Pancake House
Irvine, Mission Viejo, Dana Point

Stacks Pancake House is a casual breakfast destination that combines Hawaiian cuisine and classic breakfast favorites in mouthwatering dishes that the whole family will love. From macadamia nut and banana pancakes to Kalua pork eggs benedict to loco moco, the menu at Stacks is sure to put a smile on your face! Kids will love the Captain Crunch French toast, and health nuts will have their choice of omelette options and oatmeal.

Check out the full menu and find the Stacks location nearest you on the Stacks website .

For Creative Cuisine:

Break of Dawn
Laguna Hills

If you're looking for something different to make the weekend special, check out Break of Dawn . Located in Laguna Hills, Break of Dawn features delectable and unusual dishes with a Vietnamese twist.Where else will you find tempura eggs, beef brisket with tongue ragu, and goat chili with Mexican chocolate and chickpeas?

If not everyone in your party is feeling that adventurous, they can stick with the French toast creme brulee or the ranchero omlette. And of course, don't forget a Vietnamese coffee!

For Seafood

Taps Fish House and Brewery
Irvine, Brea

Oysters may not sound like the breakfast of choice for some, but for others, it's the perfect start to the day. The upscale brunch buffet at Taps will wow you with choices like fresh oysters, poke, artisan cheeses, and, of course, mimosas. Create your own surf and turf with chilled shrimp and a visit to the carving station, or enjoy breakfast classics like pancakes and waffles made to order.

Brunch is served from 10 AM-2 PM on Sunday only, but you may want to come back for lunch or dinner during the week to experience more of Taps exquisite cuisine!

For Healthy, Vegetarian-Friendly Cuisine

Zinc Cafe
Laguna Beach, Corona Del Mar

Traveling with a vegetarian? Looking for creative healthy breakfast and lunch options? Zinc is the place for you! With California classics like avocado breakfast toast, sweet options like the Zinc Waffle with ginger syrup, and intriguing creations like the breakfast bahn mi, Zinc proves that vegetarian cuisine can be exciting and delicious.

Zinc doesn't have a dedicated brunch menu, and switches to their lunch menu at noon, but you can still ask for breakfast options, available until 2 PM.

For Epic Cinnamon Rolls:

Lucca Cafe

When it comes to gourmet comfort food, Lucca pulls out all the stops. Their massive cinnamon rolls are legendary, and big enough for a table to share. You can build your own breakfast or choose one of the cafe's specialties, like Eggs Lucca or Eggs in Purgatory.

Other unique features of Lucca include an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs at work, and an extensive wine list. You may want to come back during dinner to sample more of the wine and cocktail options!

For a Classy Brunch Buffet:


Last but definitely not least, is Orange Hill Restaurant. Orange Hill may be a little farther to drive if you're staying on the coast, but the brunch will be worth it. Rated #1 Sunday Brunch by the Orange County Register, Orange Hill delivers beautiful grounds, a sweeping view of North Orange County, and impeccable service, even during the Sunday brunch buffet.

The buffet itself includes everything from carving stations and a seafood tower to a chocolate fountain and unlimited champagne. If you're looking for an Orange County experience to take your vacation to the next level - Orange Hill might be just the thing!

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