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Weekend brunch is a great way to take time out and enjoy a bit of a slower pace. Birmingham has many wonderful options from the more formal Veranda or Oscar’s, to the come-as-you-are casual Rojo or Trattoria, and everything in between. These seven brunch spots are sure to have you scraping up every last morsel on your plate, leaving you completely unable to contemplate dinner:

ROJO

  • Brunch hours: Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • $8.75 per entree. No reservations.

Chorizo Con Huevos is definitely the way to go here! Spicy ground chorizo sausage and scrambled eggs, alongside bacon and hash browns, are served with flour tortillas and fresh salsa. CAUTION: May induce overeating. If you prefer, they will gladly swap the chorizo (or the meat on any other dish) with a vegan tofu sausage. www.rojobirmingham.com.

No chance of leaving hungry here. Photo credit: yelp.

No chance of leaving hungry here.

TRATTORIA CENTRALE

  • Brunch hours: Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • $5 – $8 average entree. No reservations.

Using farm fresh eggs, organic grits and seasonal produce, Trattoria offers the utmost in affordable, quality culinary delights. The French toast is the perfect amount of sweet or if you prefer savory, try the the zucchini, tomato, goat cheese frittata with sausage, greens and fruit. www.trattoriacentrale.com.

French toast topped with bacon. YUM!

French toast topped with bacon and blueberries. YUM!

FIVE

  • Brunch hours: Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • $12 to $16 entrees. No reservations.

Five’s unique concept of having only five entree options may have you worried that you won’t find enough variety. Fear not. Chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits and crab cake benedict are among the more traditional brunch offerings at this Lakeview establishment, while an egg-topped cheeseburger and the FIVE burrito offer something a little unexpected. Live jazz music and bargain drink specials make this a brunch worth lingering over. five-bar.com/birmingham.

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Crab Cake Benedict. Photo credit: Birminghamsbestlunch.com.

DYRON’S LOW COUNTRY

  • Brunch hours: Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • $16 and up entrees. Reservations recommended.

Dyron’s offers an authentic taste of low country and coastal favorites, such as shrimp and grits, in a relaxed, dressy casual environment. I especially enjoy the screened patio dining room on a nice Sunday afternoon. www.dyronslowcountry.com.

Shrimp and grits is an all time favorite. Photo credit: al.com.

Shrimp and grits is an all time favorite. Photo credit: al.com.

AVO

  • Brunch hours: Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • $10 to $27 entrees. Reservations recommended.

With specialty drinks like the Bluegrass Mary and menu items such as the Hangtown Fry with scrambled eggs, country ham and fried oysters, Steak & Biscuits featuring grilled prime fillet, homemade biscuits and match stick frites, and Grilled Salmon Salad over fresh spinach, there is something for every palate at AVO. avorestaurant.com.

Swordfish over Israeli Couscous. Photo credit:

Swordfish over Israeli Couscous. Photo credit: urbanspoon.com.

OSCAR’S

  • Brunch hours: Select Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Adults $32, children 12 and under $18, children 6 and under $5. Reservations Required.

Everyone should experience brunch at Oscar’s at least once. Delectable food in the cultural surroundings of the museum and its gardens make this a truly special event. Brunch is served only on one Sunday each month and reservations are required. The Mother’s Day Brunch or next month’s Father’s Day Brunch might be a perfect time to check it out. See the Mother’s Day buffet menu HERE and remember to make reservations if you plan to attend. www.artsbma.org/event/oscars-mothers-day-brunch.

Brunch at Oscar's, located inside the Birmingham Museum of Art is a treat.

Brunch at Oscar’s, located inside the Birmingham Museum of Art is a treat. Photo credit: al.com.

VERANDA on HIGHLAND

  • Brunch hours: Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • $15 to $19 entrees. Reservations recommended.

Live jazz in the historic Merritt House, now known as Veranda on Highland, paired with creative culinary Southern cuisine make brunch here a truly memorable event. While the atmosphere exudes upscale southern hospitality at its finest, be prepared for friendly, but slow service, as this was my experience dining there for dinner recently and seems to be a common complaint among friends I polled. The food is outstanding so it is definitely worth the wait! www.verandaonhighland.com.

Chicken Biscuit Sliders at Veranda. Photo credit:

Chicken Biscuit Sliders at Veranda make a superb appetizer.

And don’t forget to order a Bloody Mary or a mimosa to complete your brunch bonanza!

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