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Brunch Dishes That Will Make Your Mouth Water

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Brunch Beauties

Brunch, like pretty much everything else in the past year, has suffered a hit, with the New York Times even publishing an opinion piece in March of 2020 titled "Please, Don't Go Out to Brunch Today." And, indeed, if dining out for any meal still seems a little risky right now, meeting up with friends for something as, err, invented as brunch certainly lands on the low end of the not-really-necessary bar. So, since it might be a few more months until you can meet up with your brunch buds for Benedicts and Bloodies, here is some breakfast-meets-lunch eye candy to tide you over (or probably just make you miss it even more).


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Pancakes and Syrup
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Pancakes and Syrup

Julia Child once said: "Everything can have drama if it's done right. Even a pancake." We think this photo proves that.


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Eggs Benedict
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Belgian Waffles
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Belgian Waffles

An array of mouth-watering bite-sized Belgian Liege waffles. What makes a waffle Belgian? A lighter batter plus larger and deeper square-shaped syrup receptacles. And liege waffles are typically sweeter and chewier than regular ones.


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Brunch Skillet
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Coffee and Baked Goods
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Brunch Cocktails
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French Toast
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French Toast

Somehow, the French toast we make at home never quite comes out looking as good as it does at our favorite brunch spot. Here, it's served with fresh fruit and a splash of vanilla cream. 

Breakfast Tacos
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Breakfast Tacos

Ahh, tacos — they really are adaptable to any meal, right? Here are some fresh, warm tortillas packed full of scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese, and peppers.


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Bloody Mary
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Bloody Mary

No brunch is complete without a well-stocked bloody mary bar that lets diners customize their mid-day cocktail with things like peppers, bacon, shrimp, celery stalks, and other flavor-packed accouterments.


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Fried Egg Sandwich
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Shrimp and Grits
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Shrimp and Grits

This iconic, stick-to-your-ribs Southern brunch dish originated in the coastal Lowcountry of South Carolina and Georgia. 

Chicken and Waffles
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Chicken and Waffles

Another brunch dish with a heavy Southern influence, this chicken and waffles dish is given a punch of extra flavor with gravy and bits of bacon.


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Bagel and Lox
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Bagel and Lox

Bagels, cream cheese, salmon, and a sprinkling of capers? Yes, please.

Avocado Toast
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Biscuits and Gravy
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Biscuits and Gravy

If this shot of Southern-style biscuits sandwiching sausage gravy and fresh thyme doesn't get your mouth watering for brunch, we don't know what will. 

Oatmeal
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Oatmeal

It might not be the most-ordered item on the brunch menu, but there's no denying that a hot bowl of oatmeal — especially one crammed with nuts, fruits, brown sugar, and more — will fill up a hungry bruncher.


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