Each year, May brings the annual search for the perfect brunch. Warm days invite late morning lounging, families gather for Mothers Day, and weekend drives in the country remain incomplete without a favorite meal and relaxation stop. We’ve compiled the four best places that serve up a seasonal brunch of laughter, friendship, and amazing food.
E&J’s Deli Pub was named one of the 12 Best Restaurants for Brunch in Virginia by Virginia is for Lovers, and their local food selection explains why. E&J’s Sunday Brunch serves Polyface Farms eggs from free-range chickens and freshly made butter from Main Street Farm Stand in Stuarts Draft. Standout menu options include the Chicken and Waffles, Biscuits and Spicy Sausage Gravy, and the “Good for You” options of layered granola, yogurt, and fresh fruits.
Always remembering the Pub portion of their name, E&J’s Deli Pub also features unforgettable brunch cocktails including the Fresh Squeezed Beer Mimosa, combining the best of IPA flavors with your choice of orange, grapefruit, and pineapple juices. The Black Butte Bloody Mary, Tequila Sunrise, and Rabbit Punch follow close behind. With food options ranging from French Toast to Steak and Eggs and the Breakfast Piggy, you won’t be hurting for just the right complement to E&J’s spirited brunch beverages. Brunch is served every Sunday from 11am to 2pm.
The Green Leaf Grill offers downtown dining that pairs perfectly with a weekend trip to the Farmer’s Market or a stroll along the South River Greenway. The restaurant was recently featured in Southern Living’s Skyline Drive Short List. It features a diverse menu that includes creative vegetarian options, “comfort food twists,” and a wide variety of seafood options. Local beer, wine, and cider are on tap from many of the breweries and vineyards along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Brunch specials range from salmon cakes to raspberry french toast. The Green Leaf Grill opens its doors everyday except Monday beginning at 11am. Brunch is served on Sunday from 11am-2pm accompanied by live jazz.
With an all-day breakfast option, the Farmhaus Coffee Co. is happy to serve up brunch whatever time of day suits your Saturday outing. With indoor and outdoor seating areas, you just might choose to spend the day enjoying the sunshine or their large supply of books for sale. Also featured by Southern Living’s profile on the Skyline Drive, the Farmhaus Coffee Co. offers a full range of handcrafted espressos, chai latte teas, fruit parfait, homemade pastries, breakfast sandwiches, seasonal salads, and locally brewed kombucha. For beyond-brunch options, be sure to check out their full menu. The Farmhaus Coffee Co. is open Saturday from 8am to 3pm and Monday-Friday from 7am to 5pm.
Heritage on Main Street, Sunday Brunch 11am-2pm
Nobos Kitchen at Seven Arrows Brewing, Sunday Brunch 11am-2pm
The French Press, Saturday & Sunday Waffle Bar & Sausage Gravy & Biscuits
Stella, Bella & Lucy’s, Monday-Saturday, Breakfast 9-10:30am, Lunch 11am-2:30pm