From Mexican and French to American fusion food, Columbia in Maryland offers great options for a weekend brunch. Whether you want bottomless mimosas or countless variations of Eggs Benedict, one of these great restaurants will hit the spot.
Victoria Gastro Pub
A family-owned pub with a warm, inviting atmosphere, the Victoria Gastro Pub serves sophisticated and innovative twists on classic pub fare, topped off by an eclectic beer and wine list. Brunch items range from the classic English breakfast to the more adventurous lobster and grits. You’ll have to call ahead for a reservation to ensure you get a table.
The Mango Grove ideology centers around physical purity (wholesome diet, exercise, yoga, and cleanliness) along with mental purity (friendliness, compassion, and service to humanity). A brunch here sets your day off on the right karmic note. Mango Grove offers meat, poultry, and seafood options, such as kebobs and curries, while also offering another kitchen that specialises in vegetarian and mostly vegan dishes. The mango-choco mousse is a great end to either type of meal.
This delightful, cozy little café focuses on Belgian waffles and crêpes. From Nutella, lemon, and sugar crêpes to shrimp and avocado, they offer something for the sweet and savory lover alike. Their waffles offer the same variety, from a build-your-own option to delicious signature options. These feature more adventurous tastes, such as the buttermilk fried chicken waffle with the recommended jalapeño maple syrup. They also offer Asian fusion options with rice bowls, Korean burritos, and a delicious honey-mustard aioli. 6420 Freetown Rd, Columbia, MD, USA, +1 443 832 3407
Mad City Coffee
This quaint, relaxed café has coffee beans kept fresh in large glass jars all over the shop and quirky old-fashioned décor. Despite the vintage air, however, nothing about this place is out of date. You can enjoy your brunch with live music, free high-speed WiFi, and there’s a charging station too. Brunch itself is simple but delicious with coffee and sandwiches. Their powerhouse sandwich, which comes with plenty of avocado, is popular. 10801 Hickory Ridge Rd, Columbia, MD, USA, +1 410 964 8671
Stanford Grill is a casual and stylish restaurant with an open kitchen, a fireplace and an outdoor patio for summer and warm fall brunches. Particularly delightful brunch offerings include crab benedict (crab cakes over corn tamale), the breakfast burrito, and the pancake triple stack. All brunch entrées also come with a complimentary cocktail; guests can choose from a long list that includes beelines, mimosas, and screwdrivers. 8900 Stanford Blvd, Columbia, MD, USA, +1 410 312 0445
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This budget-friendly little deli offers organic ingredients and a charming, kitschy interior with classic checkered black and white floor and red vinyl benches. NY Deli evokes nostalgic memories of 1940s diners, backed up by personable guarantees on their menu such as: ‘We cook our corned beef slow & easy for the best flavor, guaranteed!’ A perfect place for when you’re homesick for your mother’s cooking and a slower, easier-paced life. 9350 Snowden River Pkwy, Columbia, MD, USA, +1 410 290 3773
IJYJ’s Carryout & Deli offers classic American, carbohydrate-loaded goodness, from hot panini sandwiches, wraps and grilled cheese sandwiches to hot, filling soup and classic BLTs. The diner-style restaurant combines its filling food with a cozy, homely vibe that also includes wifi and friendly servers.
Priding itself on using fresh, natural ingredients, the Tropical Smoothie Café is a good place to go to for a healthy brunch or late breakfast after a morning workout. The drinks menu consists of cocktails and smoothies made with fresh fruit and vegetables> Creative concoctions include the Avocolada, a mix of avocado, pineapple, spinach, kale, coconut and lime. Food on the breakfast menu is mainly wraps; try the delicious peanut butter banana crunch flatbread. A converted stately Federal Period mansion, The Kings Contrivance Restaurant serves New American cuisine with a European and Asian twist. Voted Howard County’s finest restaurant by multiple food critics, the restaurant’s menu is superb; try the lump crab cakes, large, rich, and served with sweet potato fries. There’s a bar area as well as elegant side rooms with windows looking over acres of beautiful land. For the wine-loving brunch lover the restaurant also has an outstanding wine list.
Offering authentic Mexican food, margaritas and over 100 different tequilas, Xitomate is a family-friendly restaurant with a warm, inviting atmosphere. Its name means ‘tomato’ in Nahuatl, and Xitomate prides itself on its fresh ingredients and food. Guacamole is made to order and meat dishes are slow-cooked and homemade. Brunch also comes with bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys.