Few things in life are better than a good brunch. It’s breakfast. It’s lunch. It makes day drinking not only acceptable, but classy. From brunch staples to southern cuisine to some breathtaking views, here are some of the best Easter brunches Orange County has to offer.
361 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
If you want brunch in Orange County, you’d be hard-pressed to find a place better than Las Brisas. It’s definitely hard to find better views than the place that overlooks the ocean in Laguna Beach. The views only enhance an already impressive dining experience. Here, brunch includes a salad, soup and entree ranging from omelets to seafood to crepes. The brunch is $39 per person and $16 for children under 12.
Ecco Pizzeria & Bar
2937 Bristol St., A103
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
When you think of Easter brunch, a pizza place is not the first place that comes to mind. Ecco is neither your typical pizza place, nor does it offer your average brunch. One of the options at Ecco’s brunch is kegs and eggs with a bottomless pint of Peroni while you dine. Sounds like something you might have experienced in college, only this is way classier. Another thing that makes this atypical is the fact that you can get pizza for brunch, but traditional brunch-goers can find staples like pancakes or crepes.
The Ramos House Café
31752 Los Rios St.
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Ramos House is the place to go if you want comfort food for brunch. Among other things, you can find beignets, pain perdu, a couple different scrambles, and a salad with fried chicken. Plus, after you overindulge in a delicious brunch at Ramos House, you can take a stroll in one of the best areas in the county in which to walk around. The Easter brunch will be a little more expensive than the usual $35, but it will also include some specials that are not included on the usual brunch menu.
2647 Park Ave.
Tustin, CA 92782
The thing about Easter brunch is that you are going to be around a lot of families. Not that there is anything wrong with that, however; if you don’t have kids or you’re enjoying your empty nest, The Winery offers a brunch that is a little more adult-friendly. You’ll be able to enjoy not only a good brunch, but also a good bottle of wine at the place that was recognized by the Golden Foodie Awards as having the best wine list.
Back Bay Bistro
1131 Back Bay Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Back Bay Bistro is another place that offers incredible brunch and incredible views. The brunch includes prime rib, smoked salmon (and a variety of other seafood) and fresh fruits and salads. However, if there is one reason to visit Back Bay Bistro aside from the extraordinary views, it is the chocolate fountain. The brunch here is $32 for adults ($37 with champagne).
Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.