It’s a lovely morning out. It’s the weekend. And you’re hungry. HUNGRY. Hungry for food and the company of friends which means it’s time for brunch! Yes, the meal that celebrates the art of sleeping in is here. But where are the best brunch spots in Costa Mesa? We went out to more than a few places to sample both the food and the atmosphere and we’re bringing you the goods.
Let’s start at the Old Vine Café on Bristol Street. The Old Vine has been there for eight years and has won awards for a menu that focuses on regionalism and seasonal ingredients. It’s a small place so expect a wait on weekends (they don’t take reservations) – but it’s well worth it based on taste alone! We sampled the Vegetarian Omelet and were not disappointed in the slightest – from the basil pesto to the spicy potatoes. It’s unique blend of veggies – encompassing zucchini, eggplant and red pepper – makes for a taste explosion! You can really tell that the Chef (and owner) Mark McDonald was trained in Southern Italy. The Caramel Apple French Toast is over the moon too (think Apple Pie meets French Toast).
Next up is the Bosscat Kitchen and…just wow! Brunch there is a must – from both the fun atmosphere to the bottomless Mimosas. In fact, for $28 you can enjoy all the mimosas (or Bloody Marys) you want with an entrée! The food there is good and can be a little heavy depending on what you order. We sampled the sticky bun burger and chorizo benedict (served with a biscuit, not an English muffin). Their house fries are delish too. They also have a Whiskey Room that you can ask for a tour of which houses over 300 select bottles.
Finally, we recommend the Rooster Café which was super-crowded but well worth it. They have a huge breakfast menu but regulars we spoke to loved their breakfast tacos. We sampled the Portuguese Scramble (and loved it!), while our guest enjoyed the Texas Toast Combo (they loved it too!). You can also order the Mexican Hot Cocoa (delicious!). Again, we recommend you getting there early to avoid the crowds but even if you run into them, it’s worth the wait. The prices are great (meals are under $10) so your wallet won’t get a work out either.
And there you go! Just a few – but amazing – brunch spots you can find right here in Costa Mesa. If you see us there, say hello!