Kate L. of King of Prussia: My parents are visiting from Santa Fe, and my husband and I would like to take them out for a nice brunch. A la carte or a buffet is fine. Do you have any suggestions?
Here’s a list of favorite brunch spots in the area. Each one is tried, true and a special way to enjoy Sunday.
Spring Mill Café
Is this Conshohocken or France? The quaint 19th-century general store turned adorable cottage café is like a picture postcard from Provence. For more than three decades, chef Michèle Haines has generated classic eye-opening standards like Sea Scallops Niçoise, braised rabbit in red wine and, of course, yummy French toast. There’s even the occasional eclectic dish thrown in from Vietnam, Argentina or Morocco, all culinary reflections of her ongoing global travel. Spring Mill is as cozy, savory and romantic as it gets in the burbs. Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 164 Barren Hill Road, Conshohocken; (610) 828-2550, springmill.com.
Now in its 11th year, chef Georges Perrier’s suburban outpost remains an enjoyable Sunday sojourn for sophisticated brunch dining. It also has one of the area’s few buffets. For $32.95, Georges’ offers an omelet station, scratch-made buttermilk pancakes, salads galore, pastas, house-crafted breads, and a dessert buffet. Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; (610) 964-2588, georgesonthemainline.com.
Brunch at Tango is more a state of mind than the typical bacon-and-Benedict affairs we’re used to, melding a lunch and dinner menu with brunch-y favorites. Why is Tango so good? Because my parents say so! They’re brunchaholics who have raved about the place for years. I recall many special meals there with my grandmother. We’d order the warm frisée salad featuring grilled salmon, pancetta, crispy potatoes oozed with Gorgonzola and a honey roasted garlic vinaigrette; or we’d split an order of plump wild mushroom raviolis with crabmeat and asparagus in a rich mushroom cream sauce. Sunday 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. 39 Morris Ave., Bryn Mawr; (610) 526-9500, tastetango.com.
America Bar & Grill
I’ve constantly enjoyed my brunches at America Bar & Grill. Chef/owner Lee Krasley’s verdant buffet includes made-to-order Belgian waffles, carved meats, fresh soups and tempting desserts—all for $16.95 ($7.95 for ages 3-10). I’m always happy to be brunching in America. Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 499 Uwchlan Ave., Chester Springs; (610) 280-0800, americabargrill.com.
The oversized three-stack of granola buckwheat pancakes looks more like a Man v. Food challenge than the fulfilling dish it was meant to be. Formerly Meridith’s American Bistro, Aneu is another gastronomic chapter for owner Meridith McLoughlin, serving huevos rancheros, shrimp-avocado-and-tomato-filled omelets, juicy Black Angus burgers, and eggs Benedict (topped with tender crabmeat for only $3 extra). On a visit, my party took it all down, along with those eye-popping pancakes, Bloody Marys and mimosas. Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 575 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn; (610) 251-9600, aneubistro.com.
The Kimberton Inn
My wife and I share January birthdays and, each year, our parents offer to take us anywhere for Sunday brunch. It’s a perennial no-brainer: The Kimberton Inn. This stately mansion with crackling fireplaces is quintessential country elegance. For $24.95 ($10.95 for kids), we enjoy a filling three-course meal—four, if you count the replenished baskets of homemade sticky buns and buttermilk biscuits. We may have bananas à la Kimberton as a starter, followed by a satisfying grilled swordfish au poivre or steak and eggs—all washed down with fresh-roasted Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee. It’s always a happy birthday for the missus and me. Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 2105 Kimberton Road, Kimberton; (610) 933-8148, kimbertoninn.com.
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