Molly Abraham Offers Eight Options for Doing Brunch

SUNDAY BEST: After a week of nine-to-fives and a Saturday filled with household tasks, we have an excuse to rise (late) and shine. On day one, get off to a leisurely start by dining on more than cold cereal or toast and jam. Following are eight options for doing brunch.


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We can thank the golden age of transcontinental train travel for the popularity of brunch. At least, that’s the theory espoused by Evan Jones in his American Food: The Gastronomic Story.

According to Jones, luxury trains zipping from New York to Los Angeles in the 1930s would stop in Chicago, allowing the high rollers of the day to detrain and enjoy a leisurely brunch in the Windy City.

Although the custom itself is said to have originated in Victorian England, it became entrenched here during the late ’40s and early ’50s. It’s still among the most popular of weekend pleasures.

Menus have changed over the years, but there are brunch classics — from eggs Benedict and French toast to mimosas and Bellinis — that have stood the test of time.

Following are eight interesting metro Detroit brunch options to tempt your Sunday-morning appetite — all of them a la carte. Buffet-style brunch is something that’s more and more reserved for such special occasions as Easter and Mother’s Day.


Cliff Bell’s

2030 Park Ave., Detroit; 313-961-2543,

Luxury train travelers in the early decades of the last century would have felt right at home at this Art Deco gem in the heart of downtown. It glows with vintage charm. Elements include a coved ceiling, burnished wood, and mellow lighting — even in the morning. The brunch menu follows the retro theme, with
items such as shrimp and grits, steak and eggs with béarnaise, fruit salad with mint and vanilla-bean crème fraîche, and eggs Benedict — or a variation on the theme
the chef calls eggs Benedict du jour.


with goat cheese, chives, microgreens, and balsamic reduction.

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