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Best Brunch Spots in the Capital Region

Best Brunch Spots in the Capital Region

Brunch is a beautiful time of the day, as it embodies everything great about breakfast and lunch. With that in mind, this post highlights some of the best places in Albany to brunch, along with food and drink specials offered at each location from 11am to 2pm on Sunday.

Café Madison has two popular brunch locations. The new location on Northern Boulevard has an outstanding brunch menu that includes a variety of eggs, sweet treats and vegan options.  My personal favorite is The Madison Plate (a croissant dipped in French toast batter with your choice of meat and eggs topped with cheese sauce and home fries). While you’re there, enjoy a Fiddlehead IPA.

City Line Bar and Grill is a popular UAlbany hangout spot since it’s located on Western Avenue across the street from the University’s Bob Ford Football Stadium. The restaurant offers a great brunch menu, but what really gets the college students going is the Coors Light and Miller Lite specials every Sunday. Let’s be honest, it doesn’t get much better than brunch, football and ice cold beer.

Innovo Kitchen in Latham is an excellent destination for brunch as its menu offers creative appetizers and entrees like Doritos Tater Tots, Mac & Cheese Pancakes and Crispy Chicken Benedict. And I am a huge fan of their draft lineup too: Guinness Stout, Ithaca Flower Power IPA, Peroni Italian Lager, Saranac Belgian White 100 and Yuengling Lager.

The Olde English Pub on Broadway has some of the best tasting food in downtown Albany. It’s no surprise they made my list of best brunch spots in the Capital Region. And I can’t forget to mention their Lemon Ricotta Pancakes; they’re absolutely amazing. Olde English also carries Castel Maures Rosé and Señor Sangria (both red and white). Nothing screams boozy brunch like rosé and sangria!

Tipsy Moose in Latham is famous for their Bloody Mary bar on Sundays. I really like the fact that they use Pick Six Vodka in their Bloody Marys, which is made locally here in the Capital Region. They also carry Moletto Prosecco and who doesn’t like mimosas? As for the food, I recommend the chicken & waffles (buttermilk fried chicken and sausage gravy). You’ll thank me later.

Wolff’s Biergarten in Albany is another amazing brunch spot. Located in the warehouse district of downtown Albany, it offers a nice change of scenery. When it comes to Bloody Marys, theirs are also made with Pick Six Vodka and served in a fat beer mug. (You’ll want to call an Uber later!) Since it’s an authentic German bar, I would order their Wurst Breakfast and pair it with a Franziskaner Weiss.

There's nothing quite like a brunch party on a Sunday. And you can’t go wrong with any of these recommendations. After all, Sunday brunch is a great way to catch up with your closest friends, have a few drinks and make the most out of a day otherwise regarded as the day of rest.

Rob Warner
Rob Warner

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