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Jun 6, 2012 12:13 PM

Who likes brunch?


I don't; I do not like typical brunch fare. Neither does my partner. We have a ritual of going out to eat after 11:30 mass on Sunday, so that means hitting the restaurants at anywhere from 12:30 to 1pm. Since we go to church in NYC we always wind up eating there as well. While most restaurants that are open on a Sunday afternoon serve brunch-only menus, a fair number of them also serve their regular lunch menus. These are the types of places we gravitate to. I might also mention that this is our main meal on a Sunday and that this is the only time we eat out during the week, unless there is a special occasion. Needless to say, I am not looking for eggs, pancakes or French toast. These things are fine in the early morning, but not in the afternoon. Of course I know this is a personal preference but it got me thinking of how many people actually like brunch food. Do you? Or do you tolerate it because the others you are with "want to go out for brunch?" Sometimes I feel like I am in the minority, but I just don't see the appeal of "fancied up" egg dishes, etc.

  1. We love brunch. I usually get an egg/pancake meal while my lovely partner gets a sammich/lunchy meal. It's all good.

    1. I love brunch! Eggs Benedict is one of my favorite dishes.

      1. I detest brunch. I get up early (no later than 4:45 am) eat breakfast at 5:15 and by noon I want lunch, not brunch. I particularly don't like it if we are invited to Sunday brunch at 11 am or later and my wife announces that we should skip breakfast. That doesn't work for me, I'm not sleeping in just because it's a Sunday.

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          1. re: shaebones

            Totally with you there. What a dumb medium.
            Lunch is never about the dumb food. I'd rather go straight to the Bloody Mary and skip the chic-ified mall food.

          2. re: bagelman01

            i always eat breakfast before brunch! i can NOT last more than 30 minutes after waking up before i need some food in me. even if its just some fruit or yogurt to hold me over...

            id rather eat a full breakfast and then just pick at brunch then go hungry and wait for it.

          3. I do not enjoy eating within the first few hours after I wake up, so brunch is my best bet to get breakfast food. We don't go out for it often. We had an amazing brunch over Memorial weekend. I had soft scrambled eggs with lobster, bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes served over puff pastry. Insane!

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            1. re: mojoeater

              Normally, I do, but will forgo breakfast for a good brunch, on "appropriate" days, like Saturday, or Sunday.

              Fortunately, I do not have to eat by the clock, so it's not such a big deal for me. Others, however, do not enjoy that combo of late breakfast and perhaps early lunch.

              It is a rare day, if I have three meals, of any sort.


            2. I am pretty sure my old parish in the West Village would not hold Mass any later than 11:30 because it would interfere with everyone's brunch plans. For my own part, if it's past noon, I probably don't want breakfasty foods, but most Sunday menus in NYC seem to try to straddle both sides of the breakfast/lunch divide sufficiently for me and an egg-loving friend.

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              1. re: JungMann

                "I am pretty sure my old parish in the West Village would not hold Mass any later than 11:30 because it would interfere with everyone's brunch plans."

                LOL I believe it!