It was the tweet heard round the world, or at least the five boroughs. On February 24, 2014, the New York Hospitality Alliance tweeted a link to an obscure New York law prohibiting restaurants from “selling, serving, delivering, or offering to patrons an unlimited number of drinks during any set period of time for a fixed price.”
New Yorkers, who’ve come to think of bottomless brunch Sundays as a weekly holiday, were understandably upset. After all, what’s the point of eggs Benedict without unlimited mimosas?
Luckily, the Great Brunch Prohibition of 2014 turned out to be just a hoax. Brunch in New York is considered a “special event” (your darn right it is), and there’s an exception to the unlimited alcohol law for special events. New Yorkers breathed more easily knowing that bottomless brunch wasn’t going to have go from sidewalk café to basement speakeasy.
While New York is the most famous city for bottomless brunch in the U.S., other cities are getting in on the excitement as well. The past few years have seen a boom in brunch from Miami to San Diego as more and more folks realize the beauty of an hours-long, booze soaked Sunday feast to close the week on a high note. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best bottomless brunches from around the country. To create this list, we first looked at the brunch offerings themselves. To start with, each restaurant on this list must feature an unlimited item, be it food, drink, or even better, both.
Bottomless mimosas aren’t hard to come by, so we looked for places serving more unusual fare, such as bottomless flapjacks and unlimited sangria. We also took restaurant reviews and prestige into account because who wants unlimited anything if it’s not going to be tasty? Sensible eating is for a Tuesday. Weekend brunch is about syrup crusted, champagne decadence, and the delicious spots on this list do not disappoint. Finally, we ranked the brunches based on value. While fixed price or bottomless brunch is always meant to be easy on the wallet, some of these places offer truly astounding weekend specials.
Click through the slideshow to see which spots made the list, but don’t blame us when you start craving French toast!
12. Zuma, Miami
While $75 might seem a bit pricey for brunch, a Sunday outing to the Miami New Times pick for Best New Restaurant is actually a steal. The price includes unlimited cocktails from the bar and a dazzling array of some of the country’s best and freshest sushi. Pace yourself as you sample a choice of entrée and as many trips to the sushi bar as you’d like because this brunch also comes with a vegetable and rice of the day along with a choice of desserts.
11. Saint Genevieve, Houston
Houston is a town that loves its party brunch. At Saint Genevieve, the hottest Sunday ticket in the city, “brunch” lasts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $17 will buy you unlimited mimosas, and while the wait for a table can be a long one, roaming waiters will make sure you never see the bottom of your champagne flute. Plus, when the disc jockey starts spinning and everyone gets up to dance, you might just forget that you came to eat!