5 Spots for the Perfect Galentine’s Day Brunch

By: Anjli Mehta

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, so make the most of the holiday and book brunch with your best gal pals. In the words of Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope, Galentine’s Day is “like Lilith Fair minus the angst, plus frittatas.” And mimosas, always mimosas.

1. Café No Se

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Drenched in natural light, this buzzworthy brunch spot’s darling design will instantly make you feel at home… that is if your home is impeccably decorated and smells like banana pancakes. The menu is practically imported from California with fresh takes on avocado toast and scrambled eggs with local greens. After brunch, continue the conversation (or gossip, whatever, we’re not judging) in the South Congress Hotel bar right next door.

2. Juliet

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On the day of love, rip a page from one of the greatest love stories of all time. At this modern bistro, brunch gets an Italian twist with eggy risotto and delicate carpaccio. If the weather permits, the patio is the perfect spot for laugh out loud stories. Bonus points for a menu that encourages pizza for breakfast.

3. Juniper

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If you’ve been wondering lately “When’s the last time I tasted something absolutely heavenly?” give the chamomile honey bun here a try. It’s melt-in-your-mouth good, and that’s only the beginning. Also be sure to try the oxtail and rosemary lasagna with a farm egg on the side. But we must admit, despite its impressive menu, this hotspot had us hooked on cocktail names alone—a round of Giancarlo, No!’s for the table please!

4. Emmer & Rye

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Sure, the décor at this Rainey Street newcomer is charming, but the food is downright decadent. And the waiters are serious foodies, so feel free to pick their brain before you make any decisions. Don’t miss out on the dim sum-style pastry selection of orange marmalade tea scones and sweet potato and persimmon roll cakes.

5. Licha’s Cantina

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We have one word for you: Chilaquiles. Order them for the table and you won’t regret it. This laidback cantina serves up fresh, zesty interior Mexican cuisine. The first thing we noticed after getting seated inside this warm and homey eatery? Everyone has a smile plastered to their face. And how can we blame them when they’ve got a hibiscus ginger mimosa in one hand and a forkful of tangy ceviche in the other?