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It's Brunch Season

Rise and dine at delicious East Bay morning dining destinations

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Springtime and brunch just seem to go together. Maybe it’s because everyone is itching to get out of the house, or maybe because Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Either way, we’ve got plenty of seriously tasty options.

Family Fun
1149’s brunch buffet in Seekonk on Sundays is something that everyone needs to experience at least once. There’s plenty of upscale morning favorites, like thick-cut brioche French toast, pastries, a carving and omelet station, and lunch options like Baked Penne with Pink Vodka Sauce. 965 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk. 508-336-1149

Adding a touch of whimsy to Sundays is the brunch at The Aviary. When you walk into the expansive restaurant you’re greeted by a vaulted ceiling decorated with birdcages and twinkling lights. After choosing a seat in either the mural-covered dining area or main room, consider brunch options from bennies and omelets, waffles and pancakes to burgers and beignets. 2229 G.A.R. Highway, Swansea. 508-379-6007

On Saturdays and Sundays, Eli’s Kitchen has brunch that’s as good for kids as it is for adults. Kids can snack on Veggie Sticks with Hummus and Flatbread or Mac and Cheese while parents can indulge in Carnitas Con Huevos, Avocado Toast or Biscuits and Gravy. 40 Market Street, Warren. 401-245-1809

Every Saturday and Sunday, Gregg’s serves up a simple yet satisfying breakfast. They’ve got all the breakfast staples alongside fun twists on the classics. Of course they have pancakes, but they top them with apple crisp and whipped cream. Then there’s the omelets that can be filled with corned beef hash or an array of fresh veggies. 1940 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence. 401-438-5700

Global Dishes

In addition to traditional morning fare like omelets and French toast, DeWolf Tavern cooks up a mix of international fare like Lobster and Grits, Spicy Pulled Leg of Lamb with a pancake, eggs and mint chutney, and Smoked Salmon Naan Pizza. There’s plenty of French press coffee and pots of tea to wash it all down, or go for the gold and treat yourself to their DeWolf Tavern Bloody Mary with house-made pickles. 259 Thames Street, Bristol. 401-254-2005

For creative Mexican fare with craft cocktails, the weekend brunch at Diego’s is a must. The Spicy Maria is a twist on a Bloody Mary that has tequila instead of vodka. Then there’s the Hibiscus Mimosa that adds a touch of spring to any morning. With the purchase of any drink, diners have the option of ordering from the five-dollar menu. It includes Mexican fusion options like the Diego’s Breakfast Torta, which nestles eggs, black beans, Oaxaca cheese and spicy Baja aioli on a Portuguese bolo. 11 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport. 401-619-2640

Elegant Eats
When fine dining and brunch combine, the result is the upscale menu at Simone’s. There’s a roaring wood-fired oven where all manner of deliciousness is prepared, like the wood-grilled cuts of meat for Eggs Benedicts. Even grapefruit gets the grilled treatment, then topped with Rhode Island honey. 275 Child Street, Warren. 401-247-1200

On Sundays, Leon’s Cafe and Catering is elevating brunch staples. The baguettes are baked on site, sausages and corned beef made in house, and bennies available with morsels of lobster meat. Then there’s the bottomless coffee, which is really an experiment to determine just how much caffeine one person can take. 230 Waseca Avenue, Barrington. 401-247-1660

If spending a Sunday brunching by the water sounds like a little piece of heaven, Trafford is a must. The nautically themed restaurant blends upscale brunch items like Strawberry Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast with seafood favorites like the Trafford Crab Cakes with corn salsa and chipotle aioli. There are plenty of choices of bennies, soup and salad, and even Chicken and Waffles. 285 Water Street, Warren. 401-289-2265

Local, Local, Local

It’s brunch every day at Black Pear with their rotating selection of house-baked breads, scones, muffins, coffee cakes and croissants. Add their egg sandwiches, omelets, pancakes and French toast and you’ve got a breakfast of champions. Better still, Black Pear has an impressive collection of locally made goods, from salad dressings and honey to pickles and granola. 312 County Road, Barrington. 401-337-5895

Sage Cafe is whipping up a Rhode Island–centric breakfast every day with Coastal Roasters coffee from Tiverton, sugary treats from Just Sweets in Swansea and EvaRuths in Middletown, fresh bagels from Krazy Corner in Seekonk and natural tea from Irie Teas and Farmacy Herbs out of Providence. They’ve also got sweet and savory crepes on hand that are made to order. 181 Willett Avenue, Riverside. 401-432-7955

The Beehive Cafe has been doing farm-to-table and sourcing locally since before it was cool. From the Baffoni Farm eggs they use in their egg sandwiches to the Narragansett Creamery yogurt topped with their homemade granola, everything is conscientiously prepared. Plus, there’s just some darn fun stuff on the menu, too, like the Bacon and Brown Sugar Pancakes. 10 Franklin Street, Bristol. 401-396-9994

Summer Body Breakfast
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and the folks over at the Corner Cafe would agree. They’ve covered their bases with basics like Sweetbread French Toast, and kicked it up by topping it with homemade maple pecan butter. Those looking to watch their waistlines have plenty to choose from, too. The Steel Cut Oatmeal with berries is a protein-packed way to begin any day, as are the scrambled egg whites and whole-wheat pancakes. 110 Broadway, Newport. 401-846-0606

Hop by the Blue Kangaroo Cafe for daily breakfast sandwiches and wraps, organic coffees (available by the pound) and teas, fresh-baked pastries and healthy smoothies. There are also gluten-free bakery treats for those who can’t have wheat but still have a sweet tooth. Little ones have some options too, like a PB&J on whole-wheat toast or a gooey Grilled Cheese. 328 County Road, Barrington. 401-289-2292

As soon as you walk into Keenwah Super Food Eatery, you’re greeted by a case of yogurt and chia seed parfaits that could easily be mistaken for works of art. Burrito bowls, breakfast pizzas and wraps are all on the menu, many of which are vegan, dairy free or gluten free. Even the coffee has a feel-good vibe, as most of it is single origin. They’ve even got some tap lines – not for beer but for various kinds of kombucha, a fermented tea high in B vitamins. 311 Broadway, Newport. 401-619-5266