New Mexico: Vick’s Vittles Country Kitchen
> City: Albuquerque
Vick’s — a casual Western-style place run by Robert Vick, who also operates an award-winning dining facility at nearby Kirtland Air Force Base — doesn’t call its Sunday breakfast buffet “brunch,” but it offers an extensive array of brunch-appropriate fare. Look for scrambled eggs, breakfast meats, biscuits, waffles, pancakes, green chile cheese enchiladas, and red chile pork tamales, among many other items.
New York: Balthazar
> City: New York City
For more than 20 years, this authentic-looking SoHo re-creation of a classic Parisian brasserie has been a local favorite. For those who fancy oysters, chicken liver and foie gras mousse, or beef stroganoff with buttered noodles for brunch, this is definitely the place. On the other hand, more conventional brunch fare, like apple cinnamon pancakes, brioche French toast with smoked bacon, and eggs Benedict are on the menu, too. The Balthazar bakery’s breads and pastries are famous, and supplied to restaurants around town, and should not be missed.
North Carolina: The Workman’s Friend
> City: Charlotte
The name of this Irish pub and restaurant is not meant to discourage the attendance of women. It takes its name from a well-known poem by the Irish author and playwright Brian O’Nolan, penned under one of his many pseudonyms, Flann O’Brien. The restaurant’s website cites its refrain, “A pint of plain is your only man” — meaning a pint glass of beer is your best friend in the face of troubles. The hearty brunch menu here includes fried oysters, boxty (Irish potato cake) Benedict with bacon, bangers (sausages) with grits and eggs, and a beef-and-lamb shepherd’s pie.
North Dakota: Divots at Edgewood
> City: Fargo
One of Fargo’s nicer dining rooms is this one, at the city’s Edgewood public golf course. Sunday brunch is served buffet-style. The restaurant promises “something for everyone” — which includes pancakes, eggs, breakfast meats, biscuits and gravy, a variety of salads, and a different specialty entree every week.
Ohio: Red Feather Kitchen
> City: Cincinnati
Brunch at this clubby white-tablecloth farm-to-table restaurant — which sub-titles itself “A Scratch Kitchen” — adds a few unusual dishes (eggs Baltimore with a crabcake and tasso ham hollandaise, breakfast poutine with short rib gravy and sunnyside-up egg) to the more usual buttermilk pancakes, mushroom omelette, and quiche of the day.