Thursday, January 19, 2017

Top Notch Brunch Spots

Hi all,

As many of you have probably gathered by now, I am especially enthusiastic about the first meal of the day.  Breakfast is, to put it simply, the bomb.  Eggs, pancakes, hash browns, french toast, bacon, Greek yogurt topped with honey and berries, my god.  I could eat a variation of this meal every day.  Cue mouth to begin watering.  There is something so luxurious and satisfying about a big breakfast at the start of your day.

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With that said, I thought I would offer up a list of the most mouthwatering brunch spots I have discovered here in Frankfurt thus far (as well as a couple of others in different cities thrown in for good measure ;-)).

1.  Yours Australian Bar.  There are two of these in Frankfurt.  Head to the one at Hauptwache for the largest interior space, as well as the most varied spread.  This is hands down one of the best breakfast buffets I have ever eaten at in my life.  This is a "must venture to" place if you love breakfast even 1/4th as much as I do ;-)

2.  Cafe Albatross.  This sweet little spot is situated in Bockenheim.  While the interior is pretty no frills, the buffet on Sunday mornings is solid.  They offer a variety of breaded options.  Croissants, rolls, and crepes.  Eggs, sausage, even cheese spetzel is on offering (for those of you who are American, this would essentially be macaroni and cheese ;-)).  There are fruits and vegetable platters in colorful arrays, as well as a smattering of desserts.

3.  Jesse James.  The atmosphere of this place, as you probably guessed by the name, is rather slick.  Dimly lit, "too cool," with a side of funk thrown in.  I was stunned by how expansive the buffet selection was.  They even had a make-your-own burger bar.  The rice pudding was bomb, as well as a whipped sweet cream topped with museli served in little glass jars.  Vegetable salads, eggs, bacon and the works are available.

4.  Cafe Crumble.  This is one of my all-time favorites in Frankfurt.  My go-to spot for writing Christmas cards.  The fruit crumble is definitly their stand out dish.  There are always a variety of homemade cakes on offering.

To read and see more on this cafe, here is my review.

5.  Glauburg Cafe.  The atmosphere of this one is cozy and inviting, with exposed brick walls, hanging chandaliers and comfy seating.  While this is the only spot on the list that I have not actually sampled the breakfast, I have been told by multiple sources that its fabulous.

6.  Gingko.  First off, Gingko has AMAZING food, breakfast or otherwise.  Some of the best food I have sampled in Frankfurt actually.  The vegetarian burger is INCREDIBLE.  The sweet potato skillet with goat cheese was bomb.  Their scrambled eggs are always perfect.  The sandwiches here are excellent.  I have had a couple risottos here that were delectable.  You get the idea.  You cannot go wrong with anything here.  If you havent eaten at Gingko yet, run, do not walk here, the next chance you get.   

7.  Iimori.  Another favorite.  I love their shabby chic interior.  The green tea torte is amazing.  Creamy, lightly sweet, with a shortbread crust.  The tiny teapots their tea is served up in are so sweet.  Brunch here on Sundays is impressive.  Classy and upscale.  They even offer Matcha cinnamon rolls- a treat that is high up on my "still must try" list ;-)

8.  Oinotheke.  I came here once for brunch and was impressed.  The selection was healthy, rustic and delicious.  The room felt like being seated in your grandfathers stately library.  Cozy but with a touch of swank.

9.  Cafe Maingold.  Another classic in Frankfurt.  The food here is always excellent.  I especially love their quiche.  The interior feels like a grandmothers worn, old time, subtley glam living room. 

10.  Cafe Karin.  This is a sweet spot.  The atmosphere is wooded, slightly worn and inviting.  It feels like a cafe where one would hunker down with a great read and easily while away half an afternoon.  They have a special tea time offering, a three tiered platter with finger sandwiches, tiny sweets and more. 

11.  Cake Kante.  This place is known for their breaded goods.  Pretzels, croissants, quiches and the like.  The atmosphere leaves a bit to be desired.  To me, it feels a tad like an old diningroom, dingy and worn.  However, the cakes and breaded goods more than make up for it.  The patio is a nice one during the summer months.

12. The Paramount, Boston.  This spot is no frills and totally tasty.  I went once and was impressed.  The inside is cramped and cozy, a perfect winter retreat from the snowy chill of outdoors, the winter wonderland of the Commons just a stones throw away.  Here they serve up heaping plates of pancakes, eggs, delicious pastas and stacked sandwiches.  The street this restaurant is situated on is worthy of a wandering in and of itself.  Charles Street, one of the most famous in all of Boston.

Charles Street.

13. Roamers, Berlin.  This place is HANDS DOWN my own personal favorite brunch spot.  Everything, from the rustic, So-Co, reminiscent of a greenhouse or California ranch atmosphere, to the absolutely gorgeous food, beautiful and rustic.  I love. this. place.  I dream of this place.  I have been three times.  Damn them for not having a location in Frankfurt ;-) I would go every single weekend.

To read and see more food porn in relation to this fantastic eatery, check out my review of the restaurant.

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