Is there any better way to enjoy the weekend than meeting up with friends for a fabulous brunch? This is what Saturdays and Sundays are made for in a city with a culinary reputation of stellar restaurant options. Whether you fancy a celebration of all things Benedict or some boozy delights to accommodate your meal, here’s a list of where you can find the best brunch in Columbia, SC, near your luxury apartment.
Have you ever experienced churro French toast made with churro-crusted Texas toast, cinnamon sugar egg batter, maple syrup, caramel whipped cream, and fresh fruit? Pair that with a blood orange mimosa, a s’mores cold brew, a spicy grapefruit jalapeño mary, or a red sangria and you’ll be in brunch heaven! The Sweet & Sunny is dynamic, as well — poblano adluh grits, chorizo sweet hash, and a sunny-side-up egg. Make sure to also try the ever-changing sticky bun, chilaquiles, plantain pancakes, and steak and egg tacos.
If your palate leans more toward the sweeter side of things for brunch, The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli will not disappoint with their Hawaiian sweet bread-based rolls made in house every day. The original is a popular choice with a special cinnamon sugar blend topped with vanilla butter whipped cream cheese icing, but make sure to try other sensational options — black pepper bacon maple glaze (as seen on Food Network), banana Foster, bourbon caramel, and coconut cream, to name a few. Other menu favorites include a variety of breakfast sandwiches, such as pepper jack steak and eggs, Buffalo turkey, green eggs and ham, and more. Make sure to also try the grit bowls featuring different flavorful ingredients each day.
Expand your dining expectations and dive into the world of Za’s Brick Oven Pizza for one of the best brunch experiences in Columbia! Kick off your meal with their breakfast pizza made with housemade spinach and artichoke dip quiche, Canadian bacon, diced Roma tomatoes, bacon, and a five-cheese blend. How does blackened shrimp and kielbasa brown gravy sound served over grits? The avocado bacon sandwich is a winner, too — a toasted baguette with cheddar, sliced avocado, applewood smoked bacon, and two eggs over easy with a side of fruit or hashbrowns. Pair any of these selections with their mimosa bucket — champagne or rosé with orange, cranberry, or pineapple juice — or anything from their impressive drink menu and you’ll be celebrating your new favorite weekend hot spot in style!
The Gourmet Shop Café is a brunch favorite for all the right reasons — Belgian waffles, bagels, croissants, breakfast bowls, yogurt and berry bowls, etc. For something with out-of-this-world flavor, order the brie and bacon croissant stuffed with melted cheese and hot bacon with your choice of side. If you’re a sandwich fan, the breakfast panini is a must-try — egg, Parrano cheese, roasted red peppers, and bacon or turkey sausage.
If you’ve lived in Columbia long, you know Cafe Strudel is a wonder! If you haven’t tried it yet, then prepare to add it to your dining to-do list. The Pre-Game is a fantastic medley of hashbrowns, grilled chicken breast, grilled jalapeños, smoked Gouda cheese sauce, housemade salsa, and sour cream. Their cinnamon pancakes are ridiculously good, too. And their famous Hangover Hashbrowns? It’s one of the best things you’ll ever taste — hashbrowns with onions, banana peppers, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, and two eggs any way you want.