With brunch being the most casual meal out there, lots of people enjoy it more than all of the other meals. Sure, dinner at Benihana or Peter Luger’s is always charming and gives you an excuse to doll up, but brunch is just so laid back and enjoyable that it’s truly worth the hype.
But did you know that there are more ways to enjoy brunch? Aside, of course, from finding the perfect place to eat at, timing your outing on a weekend is crucial. Coming to a brunch spot at the right time will let you enjoy the food, ambience, and service better, so it’s important that you know such an essential detail.
The thing is, however, brunch culture tends to vary from one city to another. With the different nightlife culture of various cities, it’s natural that brunch culture also differs from one place to another. Some start early, others start pretty late in the day. This is why timing your daytime hang-out with friends and loved ones can get a bit tricky.
Generally, however, brunch can run from 10 am to 4 pm. Usually, those that start early ends brunch early as well. It’s tricky to enjoy such meals in places like these because you have to be up early if you want to make the most out of your meal. If you’re the one who likes to party the night before a brunch date, then you might want to reconsider if you live in an early brunch location.
If you’re lucky and you live in a city that knows how to do weekend brunch the best way possible, you can find some spots that offer brunch menus all day long. In these places, you don’t really have to worry about the best brunch time as that detail will rely on when you feel like you’re ready to head out and grab a bite.
What is the Best Brunch Time?
Considering the factors mentioned above, it’s safe to say that there’s not really just one best time for brunch. It varies greatly from one place to another, if you really think about it. However, even if we can’t pinpoint a specific time of day that will be the most advantageous to enjoy both breakfast and lunch, there are a few things that can help you identify the best time for such a meal. What are these? Here are a few examples:
1. Know when the best spots start serving brunch.
With such a detail in mind, you can easily have an idea how much time you can enjoy the said meal. Some restaurants have short brunch windows so you have to be fully aware of that if you really want to take advantage of their menu and deals. You don’t want to come in too late and not be able to take advantage of their bottomless offers,
As mentioned above, restaurants tend to start serving brunch at different hours depending on the location. New York, for example, don’t usually start offering brunch until 12 nn because that’s the only time when establishments are allowed to serve alcoholic beverages. Sure, there are also some early spots but don’t expect to get mimosas there.
LA tends to start brunch early as most places open at 10 am. It’s the same in Washington but they have early cut-offs, too. They only serve brunch until 1 or 2 pm. Those in Chicago can go any time, though, as the eateries there offer brunch (and breakfast) menus all day long.
2. Know what the busiest times are.
If you’ve brunched a lot, it’s highly likely that you also know when the brunch crowds usually come out. Knowing this detail will allow you to make adjustments and time your arrival accordingly.
Going early might be a good idea if you want to eat ahead of the crowd. It shouldn’t be a problem if you’re an early riser, anyway. If you’re not, go a bit later, just around when the early brunchers are already on their way out of the door. This will let you enjoy the slower pace of the restaurant and you might even get to grab a nice seat.
Note, however, that if you intend to do this, you should be well aware of the cut-off time for brunch. Don’t come too close as you might just miss the menu entirely. It might also keep you from getting refills.
Brunching during the quieter hours will ensure you better service and will let you enjoy the meal better. However, finding the sweet spot can be a bit tricky and will require a lot of trial and error, so be patient. It really depends on the eatery you’re planning to head to and the brunch-goers in your area. It might be ideal to do some research and even some mild stakeout to really determine the perfect time for your weekend outing.
3. Don’t worry too much about the bottomless deals.
If the reason you’re going to brunch is bottomless mimosas, don’t push yourself to go very early so you can get to drink a lot. Day drinking doesn’t have to leave you blackout drunk, so you might not want to down a dozen glasses of the cocktail.
No matter what time you go, though, make sure to never forget the golden brunch etiquette of tipping. Some folks tend to skip giving tips as ‘it’s just brunch’ but since brunch is still a meal – and a coveted one at that – your servers will surely deserve a tip.