With the most cheese makers and brewers per capita, a farm-to-table restaurant standard, and a growing population of foodies, the food and drink scene in Burlington has been gaining momentum for a while. Popular restaurants are often crowded every night of the week with extra long lines on the weekend, and everyone’s favorite meal, brunch!, is no exception. At the usual breakfast hotspots you can wait up to two hours for a table.
Don’t get us wrong, we love the classics of Penny Cluse, Magnolia’s, and Leunigs. But in case you don’t have the time to wait, we have put together a list of delicious brunch spots that are off the beaten path and where the wait is typically shorter.
Bleu Northeast Seafood: Located in the Courtyard Burlington Harbor on the corner of Cherry and Battery, Bleu just started serving brunch on Sundays from 10am – 1pm a few months ago. They offer an extensive eggs benedict menu including a cured salmon benedict, a fried oyster benedict and more as well as a full bar with killer Bloody Mary infusions. Check out the full menu here. We recommend giving them a call to make a reservation if you have a party larger than six, but otherwise you can usually get seated immediately.
Juniper Bar & Restaurant: We aren’t just saying this – we hear it from guests and locals that Juniper has one of the best brunches around. Served on Saturday and Sunday from 7am – 1pm, you can usually grab a seat at the bar fairly quickly. Get your buzz on with a full coffee bar and you can create your own perfect brunch drink at the Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar. Juniper is ideal for meal with friends or a nice brunch sit by yourself.
Pearl Street Diner: Nothing fancy here, just breakfast all day. Pearl Street Diner is the place to grab a stack of pancakes or eggs and bacon for under $5. With more of the classic diner feel, the crowd is an unpretentious mix of life-long Burlingtonians and hungover college students. Depending on the time, you may have to wait a half an hour or so, but seats at the counter are usually the quickest option.
American Flatbread: Pizza and beer for breakfast?! Yup, that’s right and not much is better than a brunch pizza. American Flatbread on Saint Paul Street opens at 11:30am on Saturdays and Sundays and offer unique brunch flatbreads including an eggs benedict and Vermont egg white flatbread. If you need a little hair of the dog, they also serve their craft beer, Zero Gravity, at all meals.
Skinny Pancake: Located on Lake Street just steps away from the Burlington the Waterfront, the Skinny Pancake is expert in sweet and savory crepes with specialty brunch crepes on the weekends. Offering both gluten free and vegan crepes, this is a good place for those with dietary restrictions. They open daily at 8am and there can be a wait depending on what time you go. We recommend stopping in the on earlier side. If it’s nice outside you can enjoy an al fresco breakfast on their patio.
These are just a few of our favorite hidden gems; there are many more offerings in Burlington and we encourage you to get out there a brunch!