Oh, brunch. Not quite breakfast, but not quite lunch. It's our favorite place to be on a slow, Sunday morning - preferably with the perfect Bloody Mary in hand. Whether your heart swings closer to a sweet breakfast or you always find yourself with a hankering for a savory lunch item, these brunch spots have just what you need - even if what you need is a 15-egg omelette with eight types of meat and five types of cheeses (we are not lying).
Sunday funday (and Saturday, too) starts right here.
Tucked away right off historic Bellevue Avenue is this casual, trendy cafe where ingredients are sourced locally and the menu rotates seasonally. For brunch, you can always count on the tried and true staples: egg sandwiches, breakfast burritos, and avocado toast, alongside more eclectic offerings like chicken & biscuits or Irish smoked salmon with fried egg and corned beef hash. Round up your cru (see what we did there?), and head over for a BYOB brunch - just bring the booze, they supply the juice.
Brunch Hours: Saturday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sunday: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
THE HUNGRY MONKEY
There's a reason they put hungry in the moniker of this cozy joint located on Broadway, and it has everything to do with their robust menu. If you find yourself ravenous after a night out and you're up for a challenge, they have just the thing: A 15-egg omelette loaded with eight types of meat including sausage, ham, and turkey, plus five types of cheese, topped with chili all accompanied by home fries and toast. You have one hour to complete the King Kong Challenge and reap the rewards of a free t-shirt and your photo on the Wall of Fame. Otherwise, you pay for it ($29.95).
If you're not feeling too indulgent, their average-sized options are just as impressive. Think: stuffed French toast, Portuguese eggs benedict and chili cheese dogs if you're in that kind of mood.
Brunch Hours: 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
If you've passed Corner Cafe on any given weekend morning, chances are you've witnessed the eager crowds outside their door. This cozy, intimate cafe often comes with a wait, but believe us when we say their extensive menu loaded with crave-worthy offerings is worth every second. From the pesto and fresh mozzarella omelette (The Jimmy Pesto Especial, for future reference) to sweet bread french toast with maple pecan butter - this is the spot where your brunch dreams come true.
Brunch Hours: Opens 7:00 AM
This late-night seafood restaurant nestled on Thames might not be top of mind when you think of where to brunch, but don't be too quick to count it out. This is the place where it's never too early for seafood. From eggs fatulli with fresh lobster meat to spicy bloody marys garnished with shrimp cocktail, we consider this the coastal brunch you need in your life.
Brunch Hours: Saturday and Sunday: Opens 8:00 AM
CALEB & BROAD
Take everything you think about a Newport dining scene and flip it on its head and that's what you get when you step into Caleb & Broad. Eccentric paintings line the walls at this pop-art and graffiti theme eatery on Broadway where the menu items are just as eccentric. Think: sushi burrito, pulled pork mac & cheese, and avocado stuffed with Mexican street corn. Enough said.
Brunch Hours: Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
CLARKE COOKE HOUSE
On the other hand, take everything you think about a Newport dining scene and it's probably a mirror image of Clarke Cooke House. This Newport staple adorned in America's Cup prints and sailing memorabilia on Bannister's Wharf overlooking the Newport Harbor offers a prix-fixe Sunday brunch for $23.50 that includes chocolate mousse for dessert and a complimentary mimosa or bloody mary. Choose from entree offerings like steak and eggs, R.I. johnnycakes, or New Orleans poached eggs served with cajun spiced crab cakes. (a la carte also available).
Brunch Hours: Sunday: Opens at 11:30 AM
MIDTOWN OYSTER BAR
Three floors of dining and two outdoor decks (complete with heaters and some pretty nice views) comprise your experience at the area's largest working raw bar. Sunday Brunch at Midtown includes sweet and savory options like steak and eggs or French toast with strawberry butter.
Brunch Hours: Sunday: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Brunch at Diego's is a spiritual experience (over the top? Maybe, but probably not.) It's the place where the food has just as much character as the atmosphere, laden with string lights, Day of the Dead skulls, and a Buddha or two strewn about. As for the menu, think: perfectly-crafted, California-style Mexican dishes with a twist, like Tinga Chilaquiles: crispy tortillas tossed with house Rioja sauce and chicken tinga then topped with suny eggs, avocado, Cotija cheese and Mexican crema.
For a deal, opt for an item off the $6 menu (may we recommend the Breakfast Torta with a side of chipotle aioli) when you purchase an alcoholic beverage.
Brunch Hours: Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
TAVERN ON BROADWAY
If you're into bloody marys, Tavern on Broadway is your spot. Their Sebastian Bloody is topped with bacon, shrimp, a lobster claw and olives, and it might just change your life. Located, as you may have guessed it, on Broadway, in a 200-year-old colonial building, their brunch menu has just about everything you've ever craved for brunch, including an assortment of bennys, burritos, pancakes and French toast. Leaning more towards lunch? Opt for the Chipotle Ranch Chicken Wrap or the Classic Tavern Burger.
Brunch Hours: Sunday: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
THE FIFTH ELEMENT
When calories don't count (so, every Sunday), make your way to The Fifth Element tucked away on Broadway for hearty brunch offerings like brunch pizza (dreams really do come true) topped with brie, Black Forest ham, and maple candied pecans; fish tacos served with pineapple salsa; or lamb poutine if you're feelin' crazy.
Brunch Hours: Sunday: 10:00 AM
Every benny you could ever desire waits for you at Pour Judgement: Classic, smoked salmon, crabcake, and the list goes on. Not to mention, they have an impressive line up of brunch cocktails, like Hank's Hangover Cure made with Emergen-C, Tito's, soda and a mandarin orange garnish - if you find yourself in need. Otherwise, opt for the Pour Judgement Loaded Bloody topped with bacon, multiple veggies, siracha, habenero bitters and the option to add bacon wrapped shrimp or scallops.
Brunch Hours: Sunday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
French influence meets American industrialism at Stoneacre Brasserie in Washington Square where a small, ever-changing menu boasts intense flavor and centers around local farmers, butchers and fishermen. If toast is your jam (see what we did there?), this is the place for you. We're talkin' ricotta and orange toast, smoked salmon with cream cheese and capers toast, avocado toast, egg salad toast, and the list carries on. You can also choose from a list of unique sandwich offerings like Tempura Cauliflower served with spicy aioli, pickled cauliflower and a chili glaze.
Brunch Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
THE GRILL AT FORTY 1 NORTH
Two words: Caviar Omelet. Need we say more? It's served with smoked salmon, potato pancakes and crème fraîche. If that doesn't do it for you, perhaps the lemon-ricotta pancakes or the house-made sausage omelet will do the trick.
Brunch Hours: Sunday: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
CASTLE HILL INN
If there's a lovelier place to grab brunch in Newport we have yet to discover it. Make your way down scenic Ocean Drive where you'll find Castle Hill peacefully tucked away. Their upscale, elegant dining room offers 180 degree views of the bay and overlooks a 42-foot high flagpole built to replicate the mast and rigging used on the 1905 Herreshoff NY-30 class sailing yachts. In sum, you feel like you're dining on an exclusive ship. After you take in the scenery, opt for decadent brunch offerings like lobster hash, the brisket short rib burger or french toast topped with espresso-whipped mascarpone and chocolate-maple sauce.
Hours: Sunday, 11:30 AM
WHITE HORSE TAVERN
Opened in 1673, White Horse Tavern feels somewhat frozen in time; rooms are still lit with oil lamps, logs burn in the fireplaces and cozy candles still set the mood. If you're more of a savory brunch go-er, this is your spot. Their extensive menu boasts offerings like lobster omelet made with Rhode Island Farm eggs, Point Judith calamari topped with capers, lemon and Spanish chorizo, and crispy Heritage pork belly topped with chili aioli and pickled Shishito peppers.
Hours: Sunday, 11:00 AM
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