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Looks like a hot one! Who knew brunch was such a contested thing?

Brunch: Delicious enough to get you out the door on a weekend or over-hyped hipster ritual?

Brunch: that meal that combines breakfast and lunch into one word and one meal and is pretty much only available on weekends. I find people generally fall into two camps on this one:


  • Brunch: All the good places are usually so crowded on the weekends that you're looking at a 45 minute to 2 hour wait to get in. And then the food costs about as much as a fancy dinner entree. Calling something brunch lets restaurants overcharge on ordinary breakfast food while making you wake up early just to get a table on a day you prefer to sleep in.


  • Brunch: Great tasting meals that let chefs get creative with everyone's favorite meal of the day: breakfast. Restaurants extend their normal breakfast hours so you can stroll in at 3pm Sunday afternoon and still eat like it's 10am. Plus, mimosas and Bloody Marys make drinking OK in the morning! It's a great way to catch up with old friends and talk over what you did (or swear you didn't do) last night.

So where do you stand: is brunch totally awesome or completely overhyped?

Reckoning Results!
Totally Awesome!
Totally Overhyped!
Mimosa and eggs benedict
I make my own damn eggs
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Reckoning Comments!

Brunch. Brunch! Even the world itself sounds horrible! Like an old time disease you contract from a vitamin deficiency, like the grippe or gout or rickets.  Brunch!

You might not understand the extent of my repulsion, but I'm of a generation where the primary means of communicating with one-another are as follows:

  • Via shared Spotify playlists.
  • Over a $13 plate of eggs benedict.

You know what meal I like?  Lunch!  Good ol' fashioned lunch!  If you are sitting down to eat at 1:30, you know what you are having?  Lunch!  It doesn't matter that you're having eggs or french toast.  I'm a bachelor -- I've had both of things for dinner.  I didn't call it dinfast.  I called it dinner.

"Brunch menus are an open invitation to the cost-conscious chef, a dumping ground for the odd bits left over from Friday and Saturday nights. How about hollandaise sauce? Not for me. Bacteria love hollandaise. And nobody I know has ever made hollandaise to order. And how long has that Canadian bacon been festering in the walk-in? Remember, brunch is only served once a week - on the weekends. Cooks hate brunch. Brunch is punishment block for the B-Team cooks, or where the farm team of recent dishwashers learn their chops." -Anthony Bourdain

I have always hated brunch. 

Wow guys- what's with all the brunch angst?  I love brunch.  Little bit of breakfast food, little bit of lunch food, and a few mimosas to wash it down. Sounds like heaven. 

Brunches are special--I like to do them when going to conventions or some other special event--not a regular weekend affair.

Unless I'm just making my own "brunch" at home!


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