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Where in the South Bay can you find a great mid-day dining place to sit and schmooze, read the Sunday news, fill your tummy with good eats and down your hatch with libations that are pretty sweet? They might be few and far between, but this list contains some hot brunch spots that are the best around for your eggs and bloody mary fix, or your breakfast with a side of bottomless mimosas.
88 S. 4th St.
San Jose, CA 95112
For king-sized, bottomless mimosas in the afternoon, there’s no place like Flames Eatery. Word to the wise, expect to partake in your fabulous drinks along with many other patrons who have that same idea in mind. The staff hustles for its money and is extremely friendly and accommodating. This is a top spot in the San Jose area for your best boozy brunches and delicious, alcoholic lunches. Bottomless mimosas are served on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2089 S. Bascom Ave., Unit 2103
Campbell, CA 95008
Tucked away in a nondescript shopping center, this eatery serves a delightful brunch. The classic deviled egg with vodka, mayonnaise, pickled cucumber, white vinegar and paprika, or the peño popper (egg, jalapeno, mascarpone, cilantro) can be complemented with a chef-suggested wine. This swell gem sets itself apart from the staid and typical venues that cater to the sports fans and their burgers-and-fries appetites. TLB is slightly hard to find, and small, but refreshingly unique. Bringing the stadium-style luxury box vibe out of the stadium and into the neighborhood is the idea. Top off any of your delicious breakfast-in-the-noon-hour meals with a smooth and tasty beer or a bottomless mimosa. This is not a full bar, but the selection of beer and wine is top notch.
378 Santana Row, Suite 1035
San Jose, CA 95128
Where can you find a great weekend brunch locale in West San Jose where the menu is small, but full of delicious, farm-to-table organic entrees, appetizers and libations? The Village California Bistro is a Santana Row hot spot. The location offers seating indoors and outdoor on the sidewalk – where you can brunch, booze and people watch. Village brunches are on Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Patrons are always filling the seats because of the fabulous service, accommodations, great atmosphere and drinks you can order while you sift through the menu.
165 Los Gatos-Saratoga Road
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Enjoy this warm and intimate place when considering a fine brunch on the weekend. Brunch hours are from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The brunch menu includes eggs benedict, made with cage-free eggs and offered in several different preparations, including ingredients like black forest ham, pork roll and housed-cured salmon. Also offered during brunch, try Hult’s burger bar options. Burgers can be made with cherry wood-smoked bacon, BBQ or the “Little Mikey” – which includes black truffle aioli, pickled caramelized onions, red pickled onions, bacon and cheddar. Order up the sake bloody mary or strawberry mimosa to accompany your meal. The owner cares about giving great customer service, and it shows. Don’t be surprised if he stops by your table to ask how your service has been.
2089 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
Order bread pudding French toast and boast to your friends that you went to a café where the brunch offered delicious drinks beyond your typical bloody mary or mimosa. This is one of the snappiest little breakfast spots in San Jose. The mimosas are made with freshly squeezed orange juice and cuts of fresh strawberries and oranges mixed in for a more fruity taste. These drinks go splendidly well with brunch at Bill’s. The menu offers Bill’s famous bloody mary and/or mimosa, cranberry mimosa, Champagne, Bill’s michelada (Modelo Especial, salted rim with lime juice) and Bill’s super chevala (large chilled glass with salted rim, filled with Negra Modelo, splash of tomato juice, squirt of lime juice and a touch of Tapatío). This place will be worth the wait.
Kelly Gullo is a freelance writer in San Francisco, CA. Kellys topics are about music and nightlife. Kelly has also written a variety of articles on health and dieting and topics related to the environment. Kelly has a degree in journalism and public relations from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.