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Brunch Like a Pro: SA’s Best Breakfast Spots

Ah, Brunch. You fresh-squeezed, syrupy, hollandaise-smothered son-of-a-gun. You seem to represent a whole slew of paradoxes: breakfast and lunch, caffeinated and boozy, down-home and posh. We’re not sure when you started gaining quite so much popularity, but we do know this for sure: you make the transition from morning to evening a whole lot easier (and more delicious).

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It's you, Brunch, that somehow manages to convince an impressive army of bleary-eyed parents, overworked (or perhaps over-partied) yuppies, and workaholic professionals to roll out of bed on a weekend morning and march faithfully to the nearest omelette and mimosa.

From college students to socialites, no one can resist your alluring call. You beckon to us from homey diners and upscale patios, taco trucks and five-star hotels. Whether you’re fueling our weekend errands or helping us recover from that crazy night of dancing, you, Brunch, are the hero we all need on a Saturday morning.

And so, as a well-deserved tribute to our favorite meal, we present you with our mouth-watering list of San Antonio’s favorite breakfast spots!

1. Cappy's

Address: 5011 Broadway St

Neighborhood: Alamo Heights

Brunch Hours: Saturday 11:00 am-2:30 pm & Sunday 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Menu: http://www.cappysrestaurant.com/brunch/

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Truly a hidden gem among San Antonio brunch spots, Cappy’s is nestled in the Alamo Heights neighborhood, offering “thoughtfully executed” American cuisine, with warm hospitality and a cozy atmosphere to boot. The restaurant’s high-quality seafood and meat selections are highlighted in mouth-watering dishes like Sunday Breakfast (petite beef tenderloin, scrambled eggs, jack cheese, and pancakes), the Ranchhand (poached eggs, pot roast, béarnaise, and herbed polenta cake), and the Surf & Turf (petite beef tenderloin, béarnaise, cold water lobster tail, and asparagus). If the weather’s nice, we recommend enjoying your breakfast on the patio!

2. Candlelight Coffee

Address: 3011 N St. Mary’s

Neighborhood: Central San Antonio

Brunch Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am. to 2:00 pm

Menu: http://www.candlelightsa.com/brunchmenu.html

Unassuming café by day and wine bar by night, Candlelight Coffee is also a killer brunch spot by weekend morning. Boasting the well-earned status of “Best Brunch Spot” by readers of the San Antonio Current, this cozy favorite offers an upscale twist on the classics. From The Candlelight Breakfast (eggs, bacon, and rosemary oven potatoes, and pancakes) to the Lox Platter to a specialty Huevos Rancheros, Candlelight’s brunch menu can be enjoyed on the patio or a plush couch (mimosa in hand, of course).

3. Barbaro

Address: 2720 McCullough Ave

Neighborhood: Tobin Hill

Brunch Hours: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Menu: http://www.barbarosanantonio.com/brunch/

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At first glance, Barbaro’s menu seems classic...maybe even simple. But take a second look (or place an order), and you’ll see that the menu’s understated elegance gives rise to an absolutely stunning selection of gourmet biscuits, skillet pancakes, build-your-own-pizzas, and so much more. Barbaro’s attention to (delicious) detail, warm service, and cozy atmosphere make it a go-to brunch spot in Tobin Hill. Oh, and did we mention the cocktails? Barbaro goes above and beyond the standard mimosa, offering genius concoctions like Monte Vista Milk Punch (rye, allspice rum, simple syrup, rice milk, cinnamon, nutmeg) and the Morning Ritual (blackstrap rum, fernet-vallet, cold brew coffee, cream blend, and cardamom bitters).

4. Boiler House TX Grill & Wine Garden

Address: 312 Pearl Pkwy., Bldg. 3

Neighborhood: Central San Antonio

Brunch Hours: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Menu: http://www.boilerhousesa.com/menu/

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Meat lovers, rejoice! If you’re looking for a brunch with more bacon and sausage than kale and arugula, get your carnivorous self down to Boiler House TX Grill & Wine Garden and order the Hangover Hash (braised pork belly, chicharrones, potato-peppers-onion hash, two fried eggs, tomatillo salsa, sriracha crème), Krispy Kreme Burger (custom blend burger patty, caramelized onion, smoked bacon, fried egg, and a lemon chive aioli), or Ultimate Flank Steak and Eggs (marinated flank steak, fried eggs, potato pancake, red pepper chimichurri, and chipotle hollandaise).

5. The Fruteria (Botanero)

Address: 1401 S Flores St

Neighborhood: Southtown

Brunch Hours: Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Menu: http://chefjohnnyhernandez.com/ thefruteria/Brunch_Menu.pdf

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Lest you fear all brunch menus are deep fried and covered in syrup, The Fruteria is here to rescue you with a fresh take on this mid-day meal! One of Chef Johnny Hernandez’s famous San Antonio eateries, The Fruteria features bright, fruit-focused offerings like fresh-pressed juice, smoothies, licuados, fruit salad, and more. The restaurant’s nod to Mexican heritage can also be tasted in the acclaimed tortas (served with homemade potato chips and a signature cocktail).

6. Magnolia Pancake Haus

Address: 606 Embassy Oaks & 10333 Huebner Road

Neighborhood: North San Antonio & Northwest San Antonio

Brunch Hours: All Week, 7:00 am-2:00 pm

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If you even slightly consider yourself a “sweet tooth”, Magnolia Pancake Haus is your one-stop brunch shop for all things confectionary! Featuring pancakes, waffles, and French toast of all shapes and sizes, a few Haus favorites include the Old-World Buttermilk Pancakes, Bacon Pancakes, Peach & Pecan Waffles, and Banana’s Foster French Toast...all paired best with homemade syrups, of course.

7. Feast

Address: 1024 S Alamo St

Neighborhood: Southtown/King William

Brunch Hours: Sunday: 10:30 am-2:30 pm

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One of the more stylish brunch hotspots on our list, Feast manages to fill your belly without being full of itself. This elegant, contemporary restaurant exudes warmth and friendliness, serving up dishes like Almond-Pistachio French Toast (dunked in cinnamon and orange, served with fresh blackberries), Eggs in Hell (three baked eggs in a spicy tomato sauce served with grilled bread and a charred lemon polenta), and the Ribeye Burger (with Shropshire Blue and green garlic aioli, served with french fries).

8. Tucker's Kozy Korner

Address: 1338 E Houston St

Neighborhood: Central East

Brunch Hours: Sundays, 11:00 am-3:00 pm

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In San Antonio’s seriously underrated Central East neighborhood, Tucker's Kozy Korner pairs juicy beats with crispy chicken-and-waffles to form one incredible gospel brunch. Since its opening in the late 1940’s, Tucker's has established itself as a true San Antonio gem, featuring live jazz, a vinyl jukebox, weekend dance parties, and southern soul cuisine. Post up on Sundays from 11:00 am-3:00 pm and enjoy an extra helping of chicken-fried grits, ham & butter eggs, and sweet potato hash (not to mention the Bloody Mary bar!).

9. Bite

Address: 1012 S Presa St

Neighborhood: Downtown San Antonio/Southtown

Brunch Hours: Sunday, 11:00 am-3:00 pm

Menu: http://www.biterestaurantsa.com/#tab-1

Inspired by chef-owner Lisa Astorga-Watel’s worldwide travels, Bite’s cultured brunch menu offers to transport your taste buds to exotic locales, specializing in French and Chilean fare. Try the salmorejo (bread and tomato soup), chorizo frittatas, lamb cigars, beef tenderloin churrasco, and butter-poached lobster...but only after you’ve finished customizing your own cocktail at the Bloody Mary bar.

10. Las Canarias

Address: Omni La Mansión del Rio, 112 College St

Neighborhood: Downtown San Antonio

Brunch Hours: Sundays, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

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Equal parts bourgie and boozy, Las Canarias’ champagne brunch is the pinnacle of weekend morning luxury. Located within the stunning Omni La Mansión del Rio Hotel, Las Canarias has been described as hosting the “grandaddy of brunches,” complete with carving stations, salad displays, endless fruits and cheeses, and omelet and waffle stations. Enjoy the skyline view and raise a glass to San Antonio!

11. Liberty Bar

Address: 111 S Alamo

Neighborhood: King William

Brunch Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 9:00am - 2:00 pm

Menu: http://www.liberty-bar.com/menu/category/brunch

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Located in the former Scholastica Convent, Liberty Bar offers brunch patrons the chance to head to church and chow down on Huevos Rancheros at the same time (with a grapefruit mimosa in hand, if you’re feeling especially bold). Known for both its classic American and Tex-Mex brunch options, Liberty Bar’s menu offers mouth-watering selections like Broken Arrow Ranch Sausage & Eggs (venison or wild boar sausage, eggs, tomatoes, and fried rosemary potatoes) and Huevos "New Braunfels" (scrambled eggs, serrano, tomato, lamb sausage, and papas rancheras).

12. The Hoppy Monk

Address: 1010 N Loop 1604 E

Neighborhood: North San Antonio

Brunch Hours: Sunday, 10:00 am - Midnight

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Perfect for the “late risers” among us (really...no matter how late), The Hoppy Monk offers a truly exceptional brunch menu from 10:00 am to midnight on Sundays. Try the “Ducks in Purgatory” (duck chorizo and cage-free eggs in a tomato sauce), Mussels & Shrimp Cioppino (featuring Penn Cove mussels and wild caught gulf shrimp), or Smoked Dulce de Leche Pancakes (pork belly, seasonal fruit, wheat germ, and pepitas).

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