As summer approaches so does the season of brunch (then again it’s really a year round sport). What better way to treat Mom for Mother’s Day than a relaxing morning with good food and tasty cocktails. Whatever the occasion, here are some of our favorite local spots.
Diego’s: A great brunch menu, their cocktails are so tasty I’m even willing to drink them in the morning—day drinking renders me completely useless. Try the Bloody Mary or The Cucumber Collins. The stuffed French toast is piled high with caramelized apples and bananas and is full of ancho whipped cream. Truly perfect if you’re in the mood for something sweet. Savory breakfast people will love the Deigo’s Breakfast Torta, it’s topped with their spicy baja aioli which could even make cardboard taste delicious. 11 Bowens Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
Eli’s Kitchen: This little spot has a huge menu with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options too. The only problem I run into is ordering too much or deciding between two equally delicious options. The Raw Kale Salad goes beyond your standard tomato and onion add-ins to include avocados, butternut squash, and roasted pipitas. But really you can’t go wrong here, all of their sandwiches are tasty. The Cajun Sweet Potato Melt or the grilled cheese are my favorites. Definitely a fresh and tasty menu full of tons of tasty options! 40 Market Street Warren, RI 02855
Duck & Bunny: A combination of good food and delightful ambiance, this place gives you plenty to look at while you’re waiting. You sort of feel like you’re in a delightful little tea house with ornate chairs and pretty chandeliers. The go-to items on the menu have to be the crêpes. They have sweet and savory options. My favorites are the The Chubby Elle (Nutella and bananas), The Mazzy Star (portobello mushrooms, fontina cheese and truffle oil) and The Distinguished Lincoln (ham and gruyere with caramel mustard). Yum! 312 Wickenden Street Providence, RI 02903
Julian’s: Delicious, affordable food and a fun pop-culture feel, Julian’s practically always has a wait. But honestly the food is so worth it. The menu is massive so even picky eaters will always be able to find something. I get such a chuckle from the names of some of their dishes. They have a cocktail called The Shirley Temple of Doom. Order one of their hashes, especially the crimini mushroom and Boursin. It’s crispy, gooey perfection that puts regular hash browns to shame. I always order a version of Eggs Benedict too! Again, anything you get will be tasty, so get adventurous or even better go with a bunch of people and share it all. 318 Broadway Providence, RI 02909
The Boat House: For the longest time I had no idea that The Boathouse was doing brunch! Which is especially sad considering I live in Tiverton and The Boathouse is our go-to quick dinner stop. While you can never go wrong with any of their raw bar—they have great oyster varieties—I love that they have Croque Madame on the menu too. If you’re feeling especially into New England classics, go with their lobster roll and the Hall of Fame chowder. Good food, great views, and attentive service; you’ll love every scenic minute of it. 227 Schooner Drive Tiverton, RI 02878
Perro Salado: Delicious Mexican food in such a cozy environment, I always feel so comfortable and un-rushed at Perro. Try the El Perro Domingo, tasty scallion corn cakes topped with eggs and cheese or the Sticky Pork Ribs. The meat has so much flavor and just falls off the bone. I’d say order them to share, but if you have a huge group order multiples. There won’t be enough to go around! They also have tasty quesadillas that can be filled with veggies, braised beef or short ribs. Oh and double up on their jalapeño bacon side. 19 Charles Street Newport, RI 02840
Clarke Cooke House: A true Newport staple, dine on brioche french toast and eggs benedict. Great for people watching and if you’re lucky a harbor front table to take in some salty air while you sip mimosas. And of course don’t forget about the oysters! 24 Bannister’s Wharf Newport, RI