Battle of the Brunches – Yelp Edition

What’s not to love about weekends? Time to catch up on sleep, maybe watch some sports and, of course, eat a tasty brunch (or two). We already know that Yelpers are turning to the site to plan where they’re going to go to eat that magical middle meal, but we wanted to know more. Digging through millions of the rich, local reviews users have contributed to Yelp, we learned a thing or two about the nation’s brunch preferences – everything from drinks of choice to the time Yelpers begin browsing for the perfect brunch spot. So while you start daydreaming about where you want to grab brunch this weekend, we’ll share some fun, brunch-themed findings!

Who’s known for their mimosas?

Because we all know brunch isn’t complete without somethin’ delicious to wash it down with, we wanted to know which restaurants have the most mentions of ‘mimosas’ within their reviews. If you’re a big fan of a little fizz in your OJ, be sure to bookmark these spots on Yelp.

  1. Radish – San Francisco, CA
  2. The Buff Restaurant – Boulder, CO
  3. Taverna – Dallas, TX*
  4. Broadway Cellars – Chicago, IL
  5. Crêpe Expectations – Las Vegas, NV

The battle begins – Bloody Marys vs. Mimosas

Do you prefer the spiciness of Bloody Marys over Mimosas? Welp — you and Wisconsin are in the same boat. Texans, however, strongly disagree. The southern state sings Mimosas’ praises all brunch long.

Does your state prefer Pancakes or Waffles?

Now on to the main course! From Eggs Benedict to French toast, the options are endless. What about pancakes vs. waffles? Vermont takes the (pan)cake with the biggest preference for flapjacks. In fact, the only state that opts for waffles over pancakes is Nevada.

Early to bed, early to brunch

When it comes to brunch timing, New Yorkers tend to hit the snooze button a few more times than San Franciscans. SF starts hunting for brunch on Yelp around 10:30 am, while NYC brunchers begin searching at an average time of 11:00 am.

Brunchtown, USA

So, where are these Yelpin’ brunchers headed? We’ve ranked the top five cities for brunch based on total number of highly-rated brunch spots, the proportion of total restaurants that serve brunch and percentage of brunch restaurants that are rated 4 stars or higher.

  1. Chicago
  2. Minneapolis / St. Paul
  3. Denver
  4. Portland
  5. San Francisco

Whatever it is that makes your brunch experience epic, Yelp can help you pinpoint exactly what you’re in the mood for. Stomach starting to growl? Download the Yelp app to take advantage of search tools and shortcuts for brunch hunting on the go. If you don’t know where to start, try these tips to help streamline your search:

  • Search keywords like brunch, pancakes, Eggs Benedict or Mimosas to find the best of the best in your neighborhood
  • Filter your search results by category – are you looking for a spicy Mexican brunch or the more traditional American fare?
  • Brunchin’ on a budget? Sort your search results by those offering Yelp Deals!
  • For popular spots, reserve a table right from the Yelp business listing.

Happy brunch hunting, Yelpers!


*Note that Taverna has moved since we pulled this data; their new location can be found here.