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.


Published:

(page 1 of 8)

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, cliffbells.com.


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.

 

>WILD MUSHROOM OMELET
with goat cheese, chives, microgreens, and balsamic reduction.

Edit Module
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

Web Exclusive: Lennon's Legacy — An Activist's Anniversary

On the anniversary of his death, a web exclusive preview of a tribute concert and and look at John Lennon's legacy.

Web Exclusive: Antietam's Second Course

Eastern Market-area restaurant reopens for business.

Cold Winter, Hot Sauce

Locally made condiments bring on the firepower

Winter Wonderland

More than 5 million LEDs transform a Detroit Zoo stroll into a wild experience

Polishing a Greasy Spoon

Rock City Eatery chef/owner elevates burgers and hot dogs at second Hamtramck restaurant, Campau Tower
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Winter wine-derland
    Winery visits can be just as good — if not better — in the off season
  2. Reviving a Classic
    Change of 220 Merrill’s ownership has re-energized one of Birmingham’s longtime favorite...
  3. Girl's Best Friend
    All that glitters isn’t necessarily gold — and diamonds aren’t the only way to add an extra...
  4. Artfully Plated
    One-upping the standard pop-up dinner in one of Detroit’s hidden architectural gems
  5. Brewery Profile - Tapistry Brewing Company
    Since opening in July of 2013, Tapistry Brewing has spent the last year perfecting their recipes...
  6. Upper Crust
    Grosse Pointe Park’s Cornwall Bakery is (finally) open, producing European breads, croissants,...
  7. Winter Wonderland
    More than 5 million LEDs transform a Detroit Zoo stroll into a wild experience
  8. Cold Winter, Hot Sauce
    Locally made condiments bring on the firepower
  9. Polishing a Greasy Spoon
    Rock City Eatery chef/owner elevates burgers and hot dogs at second Hamtramck restaurant, Campau...
  10. Conversation Starter
    Writer-director Mike Binder hopes his new custody battle film Black or White spurs...