Some of the most reliable spots for brunch are the very same venues you may have visited the night before. Local bar doyenne Linda Derschang may not have invented bar brunch, but many of her establishments are quintessential destinations for hair of the dog and better-than-average food. At Linda’s Tavern, recovering revelers take down omelets, Bloody Marys, and pitchers of mimosas as fast as servers can bring them. Up the hill at Smith, the brunch fare of steak and eggs or a brisket-and-fried-egg sandwich is more elaborate, but the same darkened tavern feeling prevails.
Bar brunch is the rare breakfast trend that permeates even the less yuppified neighborhoods. South Park mainstay Loretta’s Northwesterner may look like a place to get into a late-night brawl with a grizzled logger, but the kitchen produces a solid corned beef hash. To the east in Columbia City, Lottie’s Lounge just infuses the booze straight into breakfast, offering eggs Benedict with chardonnay hollandaise and French toast flavored with amaretto.
Other classic bets include the unabashedly surly The 5 Point Cafe (with breakfast served 24 hours!), Peso’s Kitchen and Lounge, where the Mexican-leaning menu is just as vast as that of Creole sibling Toulouse Petit, and beer-fueled newcomer The Publican.