The 10 Best Brunches in St. Louis

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The croque madame at Scape. | Image courtesy of Scape

It can be tough on a lazy (and possibly hungover) Sunday morning to decide where to head to brunch. Not to worry. Gut Check has winnowed down the bevy of local options to our absolute top ten favorite spots. Whether you're looking for a pile of stuffed French toast or just tagging along for the bottomless mimosas, here's where to find the very best of what St. Louis has to offer.

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Scape American Bistro (48 Maryland Plaza; 314-361-7227)

Brunch begins with a complimentary beignet filled with fresh pastry crème to enjoy while perusing the menu. A long-standing brunch favorite is the "Green Mole Chicken & Chorizo Chilaquiles," a baked tortilla casserole finished with crema, queso fresco and two fried eggs. Just added to the spring brunch menu is an apple-pie pancake, BLT eggs benedict and a smoked-salmon omelet. Dine inside, on the front patio overlooking the iconic Maryland Plaza fountain, or on the gorgeous European-style back patio. A fully stocked bloody-mary bar is available and includes an assortment of pickled vegetables, sauces and accompaniments. Sunday brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Crepes Etc. | Laura Miller

Crepes Etc. (48 Maryland Plaza; 314-367-2200)

Located just next door to Scape, Crepes Etc. offers breakfast and lunch favorites all day. Savory brunch favorites include the croque madame and the smoked beef-brisket hash with two eggs and tortillas. For those with a sweet tooth, the chocolate-covered-strawberry crepe and buttermilk-pecan crepe cannot be beat. Crepes Etc. sources free-range and hormone-free poultry, grass-fed beef, sustainably harvested fish and locally grown produce. Open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Rooster | RFT Image

Rooster (1104 Locust Street; 314-241-8118)

A breakfast and brunch go-to, Rooster's downtown location evokes a European-style, urban café. The entire menu is sourced locally. The most popular dish is the "Rooster Slinger" -- Andouille sausage, two eggs, sausage gravy and potatoes over thick toast. The sausage is from Geisert Farms and is butchered, ground and seasoned at the restaurant, and the potatoes have a secret house spice rub. Add a bloody mary or mimosa to any menu item and do brunch up right. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Stay tuned for Rooster South Grand, opening in late summer.)


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Gabrielle Joy Dodd
Gabrielle Joy Dodd

Roosters has a great gluten free crepe. Makes me so happy to have options because of my allergy.

Stephen Rudmann
Stephen Rudmann

The bloody Mary's were mentioned several times so this place has my vote.

Nat Hammond
Nat Hammond

There are 2 places that I'm surprised didn't show up; Schlafley's bottle works and Cafe Madelane in Tower Grove park

scootersmj
scootersmj

Why isn't there anything not downtown? Chesterfield. St Charles. Any of that count as St. Louis?? I'm disappointed with the narrow scope used in writing this article, as I was really excited to find some good brunch spots within a reasonable drive.

Wayne Moran
Wayne Moran

Josh, I'm surprised The Scottish Arms isn't here...

Scott Walen
Scott Walen

If Half and Half isn't on here, its not a valid list.

geothermal
geothermal

@scootersmj Rooster is the only one mentioned that is downtown.  10 does seem like a small number for a metro area of almost 3 million.  However, I would say that brunch is a relatively new concept in the suburbs of St. Louis...and even in the city/urban 'burbs when compared to Chicago/DC/NYC.  Can't really think of anywhere in Chesterfield that serves a "true" brunch.  A lot of good places to get breakfast, though.  As for St. Charles, I've never really been out there so I can't comment on that.  I would think that, given this newspaper's scope, and that I'm sure a lot of tourists in town are looking for brunch in the inner ring burbs and the city, this is a sufficient article.  If you know of other good brunch places, I would say go ahead and post them.  There's always people that look at the comments section for recommendations!

jbhh89
jbhh89

@scootersmj Narrow scope would be including restaurants downtown. This article shows brunch spots ALL OVER the city/county. There are no good brunch spots "downtown" anyway. Hope you can make the reasonable drive to the central west end.

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