A constantly changing menu with an acclaimed cocktail program
Some days you might find gumbo on the brunch menu at Ticon; others, you’ll have a chance to try the stellar grain bowl, which even people who hate grains admit they love (we won’t name names). Seriously, it’s superb. Whoever’s in that small kitchen hidden behind the bar likes to switch it up frequently, and that’s a good thing, because this place has insane breadth when it comes to plating something sure to cure your hangover. You already know the cocktails are splendid -- the James Beard Foundation didn’t name TC a 2019 finalist for an Outstanding Bar Program Award for nothing. If they have things that sound run-of-the-mill enough, like beer-battered flounder with smoked fingerlings, or an everything bagel, or a cobb salad, get them. Like, all three of them. They’ll have spritzy drinks no matter what, but if all else fails have a frosty, boozy Ticonderoga Cup.
One Eared Stag
Quirky, taxidermy-decked spot with grass-fed beef tongue hash
This taxidermy-decked eatery’s brunch menu says changes and modifications are “politely declined,” and someone will surely say that’s rude, but it just means be very sure you want what you order here. The polite truth is that the food’s good enough to make you rethink ordering something you think you don’t like, such as grass-fed beef tongue hash with potato, calabrese chili, collards, and a poached egg (seriously, beef tongue is incredible if you’ve been too freaked out to try it). They also have house-made donuts, Berkshire bacon, Anson Mills grits, pastured hot chicken with pickles and white bread to help keep you humble, if the beer-and-OJ “redneck mimosas” don’t do the trick.
An always crowded (for a reason) spot serving brunch ‘til late afternoon
Folk Art’s food is so good that you don’t even really have to eat it, as long as you have working eyes and nostrils. This is why you will not get a table quickly, so make waiting in line an activity that won’t have you salty-staring at people who were un-hungover enough to get there earlier than you. Bring a book! People love this place, and it’s serving brunch until 4pm, so be patient. It’ll be worth it when you get your knife and fork into some of their sweet potato magic (pancakes, waffles, beignets), or the selection of burgers (beef, turkey, lamb), or try one of the seven styles of eggs Benedict. Speaking of handheld brunch, they also have fantastic lobster rolls (two for $15), a southern-fried banh mi, a shrimp po-boy, and more. Still hungry? Make your own mini-meal from sides of whole hog sausage and a jumbo biscuit for $5. It all tastes like culinary folk art at its finest. Oh, and they still have one of the best Bloodies you can find, and for some reason they disappear fast.
Bread & Butterfly
Bright and beautiful bistro with plenty natural light and European style
The couple behind the now-closed Cakes & Ale put B&B (which could also stand for Brunch & Bliss, which I just made up) in the Inman Quarter development just to make you really happy, or at least that’s what the space’s bright green-tiled, European bistro-styled, yellow-accented interior would have you believe. Those floor-to-ceiling windows let you peep the Elizabeth Street action, although the best sights are just below your chin on the plate. It begins with coffee and pastries at 8:30am, and opens up to the full menu, which includes a gruyere quiche with caramelized onion, the pancake short stack, and the Burger Americain on brioche, from 10:30am to 3pm. Don’t forget that their breads are amazing, because they come from Proof Bakeshop, which is also under the restaurant group’s ownership.