Deciding where to go for New Year’s Day brunch is always a tough choice. Will you want to get fancy and enjoy a decadent five-course meal? Will you need to shotgun detoxifying green juice while shoveling in as many carbs as possible to soak up the previous night’s debauchery? Or will you simply want to enjoy a classy (but not too classy!) meal at a reasonable price? However you want to ring in the new year, we have you covered with brunch options to match every mood.
Bouldin Creek Cafe
Everybody’s favorite veggie spot is the perfect place for brunch anytime, but it’s especially awesome after a late night New Year’s shindig. The prices are affordable, the portions are generous, and the food is healthy and mighty tasty. Bouldin’s brunch menu is huge, and you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but we recommend the zucchini and cheese migas, the Renedict (yes, that “R” is correct), or the potato leek omelet.
The lovely Clarksville cottage turned standout spot is serving up a special New Year’s Day brunch this year, featuring many of their signature dishes such as a Belgian waffle and chicken sausage and the Josephine breakfast burger, as well as several delectable pastries and breads. Make sure to order lucky black-eyed peas, jazzed up with andouille sausage, Fresno pepper, crispy shallots, and a poached egg.
Craving delicious modern Mexican fare? Hit up La Condesa for a killer brunch that includes huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, multiples kinds of tortas and tacos, Homer Simpson-style donuts, and the freshest juices in town. Considering the quality of the food here, the prices are reasonable. Just don’t go without a reservation.
Mongers Market + Kitchen
If it’s excellent seafood you’re after, Mongers is one of your best bets. Treat yourself to a little luxury with oysters and a bottle of bubbly, or indulge in one of their stellar entrees which include favorites like fried oyster chilaquiles, butter pecan toast, and smoked salmon johnny cakes.
Perla’s Seafood & Oyster Bar
Swanky Gulf Coast-style restaurant Perla’s has one of the best brunch menus in town with dishes like crab Florentine, lobster and egg white frittata, seared ahi tuna and quinoa, or brioche French toast. If you’ve always been meaning to splurge here, now’s the time.
Tacos and Tequila
Billed as a “great hotel brunch for half the price,” the New Year’s Day brunch at Tacos and Tequila is a fabulous option if you’re hankering for a killer Tex-Mex buffet. For just $22, you’ll get your pick of multiple made-to-order stations like enchiladas, tamales, and a street taco bar. Plus, beverages are included (and yes, that means mimosas).
Celebrate in style at Trio, the restaurant in the Four Seasons. This year, they’re hosting a buffet with over 80 brunch options including French toast casserole, made-to-order omelets, assorted sushi, smoke-roasted Texas ribeye, fried chicken, and lots more. Ticket prices are a well-worth-it indulgence at $57 per adult and $22 per child.
True Food Kitchen
If one of your resolutions is to eat healthier, True Food Kitchen will get you started on the right foot. Dig into one of their many veggie-heavy items while sipping a Hangover Rx (pineapple, orange, honey, coconut water) or a Kale Aid (ginger, apple, celery, cucumber, lemon). Many of their cocktails are comprised of good-for-you tonics and juices, so if you indulge in a little hair of the dog, you won't even have to feel guilty.
The W Hotel
Do all-you-can-eat pancakes and endless Tito’s Bloody Marys sound like a thing you might like? (We thought so.) This year, the W is hosting Hangover Brunch 2018, where you can chow down on pancakes and drown yourself in mimosas for just $25 per person. The brunch is held from 11 am-1 pm at the Living Room Bar and tickets are available here.