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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Imeon Martro
Imeon Martro

Omg...when are we meeting in St. Louis for breakfast?!?!?

catkirb22
catkirb22

If we are going to talk about best brunches of the past, we must mention Duff's. Big bowl of French onion soup, creole eggs Benedict washed down with a spicy Bloody Mary. Yum!

she_ryl
she_ryl

@catkirb22 Or a Duff's salad loaded with ham and swiss, homemade dressing and pumpernickel toast. Or their Quiche of the day. Two atmospheres, my favorite the dark booth in the bar or window seat in the old dining room. I used to (over)work in the neighborhood and often told Karen and Tim that I occasionally treated myself to a late lunch there complete with a glass of white wine instead of spending money on a shrink. I remained sane, though lost my svelter figure!! And where else did you ever go where the chef occasionally went on the road with the Grateful Dead and faxed in the new menus to the crew? GREAT FOOD and GREAT PEOPLE ... MY #! ALL-TIME FAVORITE ST LOUIS RESTAURANT.

catkirb22
catkirb22

If we are going to talk about best brunches of the past, we need to mention Duff's. Big bowl of French onion soup and creole eggs Benedict, washed down with a spicy Bloody Mary!

Samantha Jane Blessing Klotz
Samantha Jane Blessing Klotz

RFT, the end of your list is like an obituary of brunches gone on to their rewards. Why repost a year-old list?

Jim Gibbons
Jim Gibbons

Circa 2012. Both Home and Nico are now gone...

Lynne Lane
Lynne Lane

Tanya D. Perry herbies. vin deset. or scape sounds great.

Tierney Cronin
Tierney Cronin

Brian we need to go to some of these! \U0001f60a

Alison Accurso
Alison Accurso

But good looking out- Just thinking about the Bloody Mary makes me want to go back now!

Alison Accurso
Alison Accurso

On the list. Best brunch bloody Mary's I've ever had

Sadie Stark
Sadie Stark

Jason Redman Gela Hall I like brunch!!

Joe Luckey
Joe Luckey

lol one of these is closed write a new article

Karen Woodard
Karen Woodard

I'd like to go to each and every one, but I'm a little too far away.

Rachel Shepard
Rachel Shepard

Mark LaPlante after your show we have some brunch to catch up on, baby!

Mary Poletti
Mary Poletti

Didn't Home Wine Kitchen close? And isn't Rooster South Grand already open? This may benefit from an update.

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.

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.

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!

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