To brunch or not to brunch? The answer, always, is to brunch. It doesn’t get much better in our opinion, with breakfast and lunch classics available at the same time. The options, however, can prove daunting when it comes time to place an order. Do you go sweet or savory? Order breakfast or lunch? And what to drink…coffee, Bloody Mary, mimosa, beer? The struggle is real, we get it.
The good news is, if we’re talking about brunch, it means it’s probably the weekend. So, here’s our guide to the Best Brunch in Saratoga Springs, as well as a few insights. Enjoy!
When walking into Hattie’s Restaurant, which has been dubbed a time-honored institution by seasonal visitors and the community alike, there is an air of familiarity that hits us, almost like we’re exactly where we’re supposed to be. This is especially true during the lazy brunch hour, when members of the service industry can be seen in packs, dragging themselves to the most savory scent of fried chicken, after a long night of work (and drinks). It’s not just them, though, Hattie’s southern inspired food and decor is a warm invite for everyone.
On the menu, you can expect to find southern classics such as the Fried Chicken & Waffles, but don’t overlook the eclectic Louisiana influenced fare. The Shrimp & Grits features a spicy creole cream sauce, and the grits are cooked to perfection, while the Pain Perdu (New Orleans French Toast) is made of three thick slices of french bread dipped in rich custard and seared. And of course, one must always indulge in an order of Beignets.
We like to go with a group and basically order the menu, plus a few rounds of Hattie’s Bloody Marys, served with a fried chicken wing, candied bacon, and pickled okra.
Henry Street Taproom
A beer bar/taproom decides to offer brunch? As expected, the crew at HST did not disappoint. We can’t get enough of their butter soaked Sourdough Pancakes or the Chilaquiles (braised chicken, salsa verde, crema and fried tortilla chips, topped with an egg, sunny side up). Keep in mind, this hot spot is a scratch kitchen, which means an ever-evolving and rotating menu featured on their famous chalkboard, situated in the back on both dining sides.
We also love that the coffee mugs are basically coffee pots in disguise, serving up (our numero uno) local Kru Coffee. As for the adult beverages, the beer game is never lacking, the Bloody Marys are on point, and the Shirley Temples are always available for the kiddos.
The Blue Hen by David Burke
Tucked away in the luxury boutique Adelphi Hotel, The Blue Hen is encompassed by four walls and a ceiling constructed almost in its entirety using glass. The restaurant boasts executive leadership by professional and world renowned Chef David Burke, as well as refined and upscale service to match.
Brunch at the Blue Hen is certain to satisfy any occasion, be it a gathering with a group of your closest friends or a weekend business meeting. Don’t hesitate to order their mimosa made with freshly squeezed juice, and the Sweet Potato Tachos are sure to deliver.
The spectacular natural lighting will leave you in awe, so take this opportunity to throw on your best outfit and snap a picture with friends. Pro tip: Bring your sunglasses, it can get bright under the sun!
The Mercantile Kitchen & Bar
What we love most about The Mercantile is that they specialize in an absolutely delicious brunch, and they serve it daily until 4PM. That’s right, daily! Get your fix for breakfast with classics like Eggs Benny, their Omelette Special, or Smoked Pulled Pork Hash. Feel free to grab a side of Pancakes if you’re hankering for something a little sweeter. If you’re not entertaining breakfast on any particular day, not to worry, the lunch offerings are just as tempting. Check out the Crispy Chicken Sandwich or a lighter Kale Caesar Salad, we promise you’ll swoon over whatever comes your way.
The Local Pub & Teahouse
In a unique twist to food and beverage in Saratoga, the Local Pub and Teahouse situated on the West Side of town has spoiled us with some English and Irish pub fare, which we haven’t seen much of before. This brunch menu is far from small, and while it generally adheres to its roots, with favorites like the Irish Open or Red Flannel Hash, it also offers more traditional American brunch for those picky eaters (hello kids menu). They also make some outstanding Bloody Marys (choose from Meaty, Spicy, or Classic) and serve our favorite, Kru Coffee.
The Local’s warm and pleasant space is ideal for families, or for groups of friends headed out to enjoy the afternoon together.
Prime at Saratoga National
The Sunday Jazz Brunch at Prime is not for the faint of heart. This pre-fixe brunch buffet ($34.95 adults, $19.95 ages 6-12, free for children 5 and under) includes standards like muffins and bagels of course, but also french toast, scrambled eggs, applewood smoked bacon and an omelet station equipped with its own personal chef. Savory options include pastas, salads, peel-and-eat shrimp, salmon, and a carving station. Prime has you covered, no matter what you’re feeling.
If you manage to save any room, you can finish things off with a dessert spread, including fresh fruit, shooters, and fondue. We usually like to enjoy our dessert and coffee (or one last cocktail) outside by the edgeless pool. We take our time finishing up this brunch expedition, as it is truly lovely on the outdoor patio.
Someone at Seneca got the memo. Say it with me now…Red. Velvet. Pancakes. Topped with candied pecans, a generous amount of maple caramel sauce and, of course, cream cheese glaze (‘cause why the heck not?), this will satisfy the sweet in your life for at least a week. Not a fan of red velvet? No problem. We challenge you to try and not order a shaker bag of cinnamon sugar coated fritters with creme anglaise.
But, if there’s anything we’ve learned from our quest to uncover all that is good food, it’s that brunch requires variety. Need a little savory in your life? The surf ‘n’ turf omelet with, you guessed it, beef tenderloin and lobster, will not disappoint. Or, maybe just some traditional steak and eggs. Mimosas and bellinis are served with fresh juice and, drumroll please, their Bloody Mary bar (you read that correctly), literally gives you the option to garnish your hangover cure with a chicken wing, or cheese curds, or beef jerky, or stuffed olives, or…well, you get the picture. Enjoy, brunch lovers of the world!
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Sun
17 Division St, Saratoga Springs, NY
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