If we had to choose one reason why we love spring, it may just be the fact that it’s synonymous with brunch. Whether it’s the warmer weather that entices people to hop out of their beds on a Sunday morning in search of the hottest brunch spot, or it’s the bottomless mimosas and bacon that do the trick, one thing’s for certain—brunch season is back! But anyone that goes out to brunch regularly knows how this fun feast can add up quickly.
Wondering which brunch spots will satisfy your morning cravings without breaking the bank? We’ve gathered a list of our favorite brunch joints where you can get a delicious meal for $10 or less. Check out our top picks below for brunching on a budget in California.
Squeeze In has been featured on Throwdown with Bobby Flay and claims to have “THE Best Omelettes On The Planet.” And the menu is no joke. They feature over 60 different omelet options, many of them distinctly creative or unusual. Most items land in the $12-$15 range, but the portions are large enough to easily share with two people. If looking for budget options, try the Big Biscuits and Gravy ($7.99), Banana Walnut Pancakes ($9.99) or a side of the chocolate covered bacon ($2.49).
Get your pancakes with a side of sass at Grub, helmed by Top Chef alum Betty Fraser. Try the Berry, Berry Good Pancakes ($9.99) or the Carnivore B.F.P. (big flippin’ pancake) – a pancake with chopped “Crack” bacon baked in and topped with cheddar cheese and drizzled with syrup ($7.99).
If you’re looking for a bargain brunch, Overland Cafe in Culver City is the place to be. In addition to affordable brunch fare (think Eggs Benedict for $8), Overland offers an unbeatable brunch deal: unlimited champagne for $6.99 per person with the purchase of an entree from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
A Sacramento brunch staple since 1990, Tower Cafe offers a globally inspired menu with all the classics you’ve come to expect from a standard brunch. Try the New Mexico Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes (two large cakes made of a light batter with cornmeal and flour topped with blueberries and whipped butter – $9.95) or the Famous French Toast (two slices of french bread dipped in house made custard and topped with whipped butter – $7.95) and your taste buds will thank you.
Delicious French cuisine with a cozy atmosphere is what you’ll find at Cafe Bleu, where $7.95 gets you bottomless mimosas to enjoy alongside dishes (sold separately, sorry!) like strawberry-topped brandy brioche French toast and avocado Benedict.
Snooze eatery might be the only time you don’t press the snooze button on a weekend. Known for their fun and equally delicious takes on breakfast foods, like the Green Eggs n’ Hamich with cage free eggs scrambled with spinach and fresh herbs, filled with ham and melted Swiss and served with Dijon hollandaise and served up open-face on a hoagie rolls. Hoping for something sweeter? Try their signature buttermilk Sweet Potato Pancakes topped with homemade caramel, candied pecans and ginger butter or the Candy Apple Pancakes filled with caramelized apples and topped with caramel apple glaze, whipped mascarpone and a sprinkle of spiced pie crumble. Most dishes cost between $7.50 and $9.50.
If you’re looking for affordable breakfast foods with a Parisian twist then you owe it to yourself to stop by Zazie. Rated the “Best Brunch in the Bay Area” by the SF Chronicle, Bay Guardian and SF Weekly, Zazie takes brunch to a new level. If you’re not quite sure what to order, their seasonal, rotating pancake flavors (Miracle Pancakes – $7) won’t disappoint. Feeling like something extra sweet? Their house made cream cheese coffee cake ($7) should do the trick.
As its name suggests, Sweet Maple is home to sweet and savory breakfast food. But aside from their delicious buttermilk pancakes and toppings, their most popular dish dubbed “Millionaire’s Bacon,” is what keeps foodies coming back. Earning it’s name for appearing on the Discovery Network’s United States of Bacon, this side dish consists of two thick pieces of free range bacon baked with brown sugar, cayenne and red and black pepper ($7). It’s large enough to share, but you won’t want to.
Any fans of brunching out there? Let us know your favorite spots in the comments section below.