10 great brunch restaurants in San Antonio and great mimosas, bloody marys, toast, chicken and waffles, omelets to order

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Between the pandemic and the holiday pandemonium, now seems a good time to establish a hard and fast rule for brunch.

No alcohol ? No brunch. Without mimosa or Bloody Mary to open the door to happier times, it’s just breakfast.

Armed with this simple doctrine, I set out on a search for 10 great brunches in San Antonio, starting with mimosas and Bloody Marys, and then going through eight other references from the canon of the brunch menu: pancakes, French toast, chicken and waffles, omelets, Eggs Benedict. , cookies, bacon and, because it’s San Antonio, chilaquiles.

True to the rules, they all serve alcohol and they all adhere to the Hybrid Treaty that governs the gray area between breakfast and lunch, incorporating a mix of things sweet, savory, and made with eggs.

Half of the places on this list brunch every day they’re open; half do brunch just on weekends. Together, they represent 10 great ways to toast new beginnings in 2022.

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Mike Sutter / Staff

Alamo Biscuit Co. & Panadería

What to order: Tropical mimosa flight

My wife calls mimosas a waste of good champagne. Fair enough. But Alamo Biscuit Co. brings the same imagination to mimosas that it brings to the humble cookie, each offering like dressy flights of flavors. A Flight of Tropical Mimosa offers three small glasses in a personalized carousel, one with tangy pomegranate juice, a second with sweet pineapple juice and a third with a hint of mango puree and a rim of chili salt and chamoy like a bomb of frutería flavor. 9630 Huebner Road, Suite 103, 210 265-5585, alamobiscuitco.com. Brunch hours from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday; 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Mike Sutter / Staff

Bistr09

What to order: Omelette

Bistr09 was practically built for brunch. The black-and-white tiled bar catches natural light and bounces it off the sunflower-yellow bar stools, and bright modern paintings share the space with exposed brickwork and dramatic curtains, with a covered patio that attracts powerful brunches. from Alamo Heights in packs. The cuisine’s classic French omelet radiates fluffy golden layers with folded processed cheese, served with thick bacon and rosemary potatoes. The only drawback ? He only comes on Sundays. 6106 Broadway, 210-245-8156, bistr09.com. Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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Mike Sutter / Staff

Box Street all day

What to order: French toast with milk

With a close-up view of the Tower of the Americas and decor best described as mid-century cute, Box Street All Day launched the ambitious brick-and-mortar extension of its Box Street Social food truck on December 16. Already, his French Toast with French Toast is one of the best brunch confections in town, pairing light and airy homemade bread with a sumptuous robe of sweet lemon mascarpone, meringue crumbles, candied walnuts and compote. of berries. Add thick smoked bacon for a complete meal and add a deliciously spicy Bloody Mary to make it fuller. 623, boul. Hemisfair, Suite 108, at Hemisfair Park, 210-476-5705, theboxstreetsocial.com. Brunch from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday to Monday.

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Mike Sutter / Staff

Mon Chou Chou Brewery

What to order: Lobster Benedict

Lobster bisque is a household name at this five-star French powerhouse at the Pearl. At brunch, they reserve the same lush, creamy base of this tawny bisque to layer over Benedict Lobster, where it complements and amplifies a velvety hollandaise sauce. Poached eggs form the perfect clouds over solid English muffins. But the butter poached lobster sprinkled with radiant pearls on the plate gives the dish its raison d’être. 312 Pearl Parkway at the Pearl, Building 2, Suite 2104, 210-469-3743, brasseriemonchouchou.com. Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Mike Sutter / Staff

Full belly coffee + bar

What to order: Buckwheat puffed pancakes

Buckwheat is healthier than white flour, but Full Belly cares more about flavor than fiber, and its Buckwheat Pancakes are a three-story gingerbread condo of comfort food, decorated with strawberries, blackberries and blueberries with a cascade of rich berry syrup and lush honey butter. Of course, go for the Belly Puff pastries, the barbacoa poutine and the Bloody Buddy cocktail, but you will always come back for buckwheat pancakes. 427 N. Loop 1604 W., office 202, 210-236-5374, fullbellysa.com. Brunch hours from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Mike Sutter / Staff

Liberty Bar

What to order: Liberty Bloody Mary

We tend to rate the quality of a Bloody Mary by how many things stick out of the glass. The more it looks like pickled acupuncture, the better. Take a step back at the Liberty Bar with a Bloody Mary that focuses on what’s in the glass – the right ratio of spicy tomato and clean, uplifting vodka – rather than what’s on it. Pair it with the magic queso dip they call minguichi and atone for the sins of the week in the living room of this former convent. 1111 S. Alamo Street, 210-227-1187, liberty-bar.com. Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Mike Sutter / Staff

Mom’s coffee

What to order: Biscuits

The 30-year-old institution returned in May after a two-year makeover, and brunch followed shortly thereafter, bringing with it cookies that pay due homage to Mama’s roots in country. On their own, the cookies are as wide as pavers, with a bronze shell on layers of butter on layers inside. Take them one step further by adding a thick, spicy sausage sauce and a pair of sunny eggs for something that will challenge your resolve to clean your plate and your cholesterol at the same time. 2442, chemin Nacogdoches, 210-826-8303, mamascafesa.com. Brunch from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday.

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Mike Sutter / Staff

Brunch & Donuts NOLA

What to order: Bacon with praline

I could tell the donuts of this New Orleans brunch juggernaut in the blink of an eye. These sugar and dough puffs are as close as you can get at Café Du Monde itself. But for now, NOLA is alone on top of this mountain, and that wouldn’t be fair. Instead, I’ll rave about the praline bacon, which is part of the NOLA brunch plate, with scrambled eggs, oatmeal, and fried green tomatoes. The bacon is sweet like a candy counter, creating a syrup-like euphoria balanced by fat, lean, and smoke, then topped with pecan nuggets. 720 E. Mistletoe Ave., 210-320-1572, eatatnola.com. Brunch hours from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday.

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Ocho

What to order: Chilaquiles Rojo

Chef Jesse Kuykendall appears everywhere in these year-end best-of lists, from their stellar Milpa taco truck to the creative food from Ocho’s Kitchen, the quaint glass-walled veranda attached to the Havana hotel. It’s here that Kuykendall flexes Laredo and Mexican influences with Chilaquiles Rojo, staying true to form with corn tortillas made half crisp, half soft by a hot and dark oven-baked guajillo salsa, and then dressed in fresh Mexican cream and queso fresco. Bonus: while you’re at it, check out some category-defying plantain cakes with carnitas. 1015 Navarro Street at the Havana Hotel, 210-222-2008, havanasanantonio.com/restaurant-and-bar/ocho/. Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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Mike Sutter / Staff

Tony G’s Soul Food

What to order: Chicken and waffles

A solid destination for soul food anytime, Tony G’s cranks up the volume on Sundays with an all-you-can-eat $ 24.95 brunch featuring live jazz and a rotating cast of braised oxtails, collard greens, macaroni. with cheese, fried catfish, candied yams, prime rib and something they do better than anyone: fried chicken wings and waffles. The wings wear the same shaggy, salty, and crispy crust as Tony G’s first-class fried chicken, and the waffles are tall and dense, encrusted with grains of sugar like corrugated pastries. 915 S. Hackberry St., 210-451-1234, tonygssoulfood.com. Brunch on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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