The high brunch season falls between Easter and Mother’s Day and St. Louis is no exception to the rule. You’ll find pricier and more crowded brunches on the holidays but all the Sundays in between have the same great meals. While you might pay a pretty penny at some spots around town, we’ve found you can get a much better brunch with more original tastes at so many other spots. Here are some local favorites for affordable brunch spots in the Lou.
St. Louis’s only Turkish restaurant is located in Lindenwood Park and offers Sunday brunch from 10 AM to 2 PM. They offer both American and Turkish specialties so you’ll see classics like steak and eggs or pancakes on the menu with Peynirli Gozleme (ricotta, feta, and goat cheeses with spinach in a flat bread). Aya Sofia also focuses on the -unch in brunch and has soup, salad, and sandwich options. You’ll also have to try their Turkish coffee. You can make reservations online.
Bixby’s is located inside the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. They serve a champagne brunch on Sundays from 10 AM to 2 PM. For $22.75, you can enjoy a breakfast buffet with smoked salmon, a carving station with dishes like beef tenderloin and lamb, salads, seasonal entrees like shrimp & grits, and pastries. You can also get made-to-order items like eggs, Belgian waffles, and bread pudding. You can make reservations online.
Brasserie by Niche
Gerard Craft is one of St. Louis’s hottest chefs and he’s left his mark on Brasserie in Central West End. Brasserie is full of French influence at dinner and it runs over into its brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM to 2 PM. You can enjoy savory tastes like eggs benedict, french onion soup, or the Brasserie burger or go sweeter with brioche french toast or a hazelnut waffle. You can make reservations online.
Bristol Seafood Grill
On Sundays from 10 AM to 2 PM you can enjoy the $22 Sunday Brunch Buffet at Bristols. In Creve Coeur you will find seafood dishes such as smoked fish, ahi tuna, mussels, oysters, peel & eat shrimp, cioppino, sushi, and grilled salmon. There’s also tenderloin on the carving station, an omelete bar, belgian waffles, pastries, biscuits & gravy, fried potatoes, and their classic lobster mac & cheese. If you like sweets there’s bread pudding and if you like drinks you can try a bloody mary, mimosa, or a bellini. You can make reservations online.
Cafe Ventana is located in Central West End but you’ll think you’re right in the French Quarter. They serve breakfast every day but on Saturdays from 11 AM to 1 PM and Sundays from 11 AM to 2 PM you can enjoy a jazz brunch with all the regular items plus more. You can enjoy bananas foster french toast, beignets, and biscuits and gravy. There’s a bloody mary bar and classic New Orleans style coffee drinks. Cafe Ventana is a very casual coffeehouse cafe so no reservation is needed.
Gulf Shores Restaurant and Grill
Half & Half
Half & Half seems to have the longest wait for brunch but over in Clayton are some very happy brunchers. They’re open on weekdays for breakfast but the crowds pour in Saturdays and Sundays from 8 AM to 2 PM. There’s eggs served with potatoes, vegetables, on a sandwich, with chicken livers, or on the side of biscuits and gravy. You can go sweet with brioche french toast or baked oatmeal or there’s special seasonal items on the weekend brunch menu. Half & Half doesn’t take reservations (hence the wait) but you can follow their website for hints on the weekly special to see if its worth the wait.
Milagro Modern Mexican
If you don’t usually think of Mexican when you think of brunch, think again. Milagro is located in Webster Groves and offers brunch Sundays from 10 AM to 2 PM. You can get an omelete to order, stuffed french toast, a breakfast burrito, huevos rancheros, churros, or even a blood orange mimosa. The prices are very affordable and you’ll love this modern twist on brunch. You can make reservations online.
Salt was nominated as a James Beard semifinalist for best new restaurant. You’ll want to try their brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM to 2 PM over in the Central West End. Nothing is over $20 on the brunch menu and you can mix and match small plates, cheeses, sweets, and large plates. Their meatballs get rave reviews and you’ll enjoy upscale takes on classic favorites. You can make reservations online.
The Scottish Arms
The Scottish Arms might be best known as a whiskey bar in the Central West End but guests are quickly catching on to their fun and playful Sunday brunch menu offered at 10 AM. You can try dishes like the Scottish Breakfast, The Highland Hangover, and Seamus MacBenedict. Since they have some of the best bartenders, you’ll have to try the mimosas, Irish coffees, a hot toddy, or choose one of the many drinks from the bloody mary bar. Call ahead for reservation info.