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Nothing says old-fashioned like a comfortable weekend brunch in the original capital of the Confederacy. And while Richmond has plenty of delicious options to offer, these are our top five picks:
1. Amuse at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. When in town, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a must-see, and Amuse a must-eat. The brunch menu changes monthly to showcase the freshest and finest ingredients.
2. Lulu’s. Open for brunch on weekends, Lulu’s offers casual dining next to the Richmond Farmer’s market. With ingredients delivered fresh from the 17th Street Farmer's market, dishes like the sweet corn, crab, tomato and white cheddar omelet couldn’t be any fresher.
3. Mosaic Cafe. Known for its café-style lunch menu, the weekend brunch stop features a list of spectacular cocktails and traditional Southern-style cuisine. The shrimp and grits and Grand Marnier French toast will remind you that you’re not in Kansas anymore.
4. Tarrants. A restaurant with a rich history, Tarrants offers a brunch that showcases inventive cuisine. French toast foster, the farmer’s breakfast and the seafood breakfast all start out your day on the right foot.
5. The Jefferson Hotel. Perhaps the most famous brunch in Richmond is served in the Rotunda each Sunday. This feast features Southern-inspired breakfast and lunch favorites, decadent desserts, live jazz and champagne.
The five best Richmond restaurants for brunch are:
1. The Jefferson Hotel offers a feast, including breakfast items, omelet station, carved items, charcuterie, salads, luncheon entrees and an elaborate desserts display. A Richmond tradition.
2. Lulu’s in Shockoe Bottom offers an eclectic brunch menu and traditional brunch cocktails.
3. Can Can Brasserie provides a lively atmosphere with a simple French menu and famous frites.
4. Bistro 27 is a European bistro conveniently located in downtown with a small but varied menu with an international flair.
5. Millie’s is a Richmond favorite for their chalkboard menu, close seating and clever brunch items, including their “devil’s mess”.