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One of the most popular drinks commonly found at weekend brunches across the Bay Area and the rest of the country are mimosas. A classic drink typically consisting of champagne and orange juice, mimosas are believed to have originated in 1925 at the Hotel Ritz in Paris and its bright, spring-like color resembles the mimosa flower native to Central and South America. While you can find most any local restaurant or bar that will serve this refreshing drink, mimosas are not readily found on bar menus, let alone bottomless mimosas. If you are searching for the perfect mimosa in the South Bay, here is a look at five of the best places to go for bottomless mimosas.
150 E. Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95113
Bottomless mimosas with your gourmet pizza? That’s what you can get on weekends at the 4th Street Pizza Co. in downtown San Jose. This popular pizzeria located just steps from San Jose City Hall offers bottomless mimosas for $16 on “Super Saturday” and “Sunday Funday”, when breakfast is served until 10 a.m. and other drinks are sold at a discount. But discounted drinks aren’t just reserved for weekends – 4th Street Pizza Co. offers happy hours every day, with inventive names like Margarita Monday with $4 Margaritas and $16 pitchers and $2 Tuesday for $2 beer, well drinks, pizza slices and more. The lively pizza restaurant and sports bar sells both tasty pizza slices and pizza combos, some with catchy San Jose sports-related names, like The Spartan, The Sabercat and The Sharkie.
29 E. Main St.
Los Gatos, CA 95030
It might be difficult to find a better bargain in the South Bay for bottomless mimosas at Billy’s Boston Chowder House. Available for breakfast and weekend brunch, a bottomless mimosa goes for just $6 and a single serving is just $3.95. Bloody Marys are also available for a meager $5, along with breakfast favorites like Eggs Benedict, French toast and omelets and “every Sunday is Mother’s Day at Billy’s.” Among the outstanding seafood specialties on the menu are New England clam chowder, grilled crab cakes, Boston cioppino, seafood linguine and Billy’s Amazing Lobsta Rolls.
88 S. Fourth St.
San Jose, CA 95112
Part of a popular local family business that’s been in the San Jose area for decades, Flames Eatery and Bar was once named “Best Place to Have Sunday-Funday.” That’s because not only are bottomless mimosas available on weekends for $9 when purchasing an entree, there is also a variety of Flames Libations available for $8, including Flame-tinis and. Flame-ritas, in addition to cocktails, wine and beer. There’s also a “Wake Up Call” section featuring a Flames Mimosa for $5.75, Pomengrate Champagne Cocktail, Mexican Coffee and other stylish drinks. Located across from San Jose State University, Flames Eatery and Bar is open Tuesday through Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
223 Castro St.
Mountain View, CA 94041
One of the most popular Irish pubs in the Bay Area, Stephen’s Green offers bottomless mimosas during weekend brunch. With the purchase of any breakfast on Saturday or Sunday, guests can enjoy bottomless mimosas for $11.03 until 2 p.m.. Top choices for an Irish breakfast to accompany your mimosa are shepherd’s pie, Guinness steak pie and corned beef and cabbage. Located in Mountain View’s prime spot for nightlife, St. Stephen’s Green also serves popular bar foods like buffalo wings and chicken strips, along with burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads. Among other drinks offered here are Napa Valley wines, specialty drinks, bottled beer and 35 craft beers on draft.
333 Santana Row, Suite 1100
San Jose, CA 95128
Enjoy bottomless mimosas with your weekend brunch at this upscale Asian fusion restaurant on Santana Row. Guests can choose between traditional or pomegranate mimosas and bottomless Bloody Marys for $15 with the purchase of any of the flavorful entrees. Recommended dishes for brunch are Kaya French Toast or Pandan Pancakes with fresh berries and whipped cream, Crab Cake Benedict with laksa butter sauce and home fried potatoes and Lemongrass Steak and Eggs. The extensive dinner menu includes tantalizing dishes like ahi tuna and salmon sashimi, a Tuna Tower with ahi jewels, Crispy Hainan Chicken and Straits Shaking Steak.
Randy Yagi is a freelance writer covering all things San Francisco. In 2012, he was awarded a Media Fellowship from Stanford University.