As pride month continues throughout June, it’s the perfect time to do brunch at an LGBT-owned, -operated or -friendly eatery. Whether you’re looking for a fun destination to kick off your pride celebration or just a delicious meal, you will find plenty of pancakes, mimosas and fabulousness at these spots in Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago, and Denver.
Rise, Shimmy & Shine in Atlanta
Atlanta has no shortage of prime brunch spots. For decades, Einstein’s has been serving up delicious brunch dishes to a predominantly LGBTQ crowd, while ROXX Tavern spoons out Southern comfort food and hearty cocktails, and Radial Cafe keeps things sustainable and organic.
Sugar mecca Highland Bakery has earned the distinction of being an “Essential Atlanta Eatery” from Eater and expanded to six locations around town; it’s almost as well known for its longtime support of local LGBT organizations as it is for its peanut butter French toast. For a truly raucous start to your Sunday, make a reservation for the “Dragalicious Gospel Brunch” at Lips Atlanta.
Love & Tacos for All in Austin
Founded by local luminary Liz Lambert, Jo’s on South Congress is home to lazy Sunday treats and an Austin icon: the “I love you so much wall,” which — as legend has it — was painted in the early aughts by an old flame of Lambert’s who returns to this day to replicate her work every time it’s defaced. Jo’s second location in the downtown 2nd Street district serves a full menu of breakfast and lunch items, along with local beer and offers a shaded patio perfect for people-watching.
Just a few blocks north, Halcyon is nestled into the rainbow flag-festooned section of 4th Street between Lavaca and Colorado streets, dishing out craft cocktails and coffee alongside breakfast favorites and table-side s’mores. Throughout the year, the roving day-long revelry of Bobby & Topher’s Big Gay Brunch regularly takes over a local rooftop in celebration of Pride Month, Valentine’s Day and other special occasions. The best part? Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown is right in the middle of all the action.
Bucket List Brunches in Boston
It wouldn’t be a proper Sunday in Boston without kicking things off at Tremont 647‘s pajama brunch, featuring everything from classic eggs Benedict to Golden Girls-themed French toast sticks — and staff and clientele alike decked out in PJs. Its adjoining restaurant, aptly named Sister Sorel, also offers a pajama brunch on Sundays complete with patio seating in spring and summer.
In the heart of artsy Jamaica Plain, Centre Street Cafe dishes out everything from donuts and pancakes to omelets, biscuits and gravy and a filling breakfast sampler called “The Truckstop.” On Tremont Street, The Beehive has long been a must-stop brunch spot with local jazz musicians keeping the beat every Saturday and Sunday as diners nosh on decadent entrees, items from the seafood bar and champagne cocktails.
Camaraderie and Charisma in Chicago
Art-filled walls and abundant board games aren’t the only things that greet uptown brunch patrons at the cash-only Tweet Let’s Eat; so do complimentary baked goods like chocolate chip coffee cake, served at every table before drink orders are taken. At the BYOB M. Henry, pancakes are known as “so hot cakes” and alliterative entrees like “Lusciously Lemon Brioche French Toast” grace the menu alongside tempting bakery items and a long roster of savory dishes.
For a truly over-the-top Sunday, the Divalicious Brunch series at Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club in Boystown offers culinary classics alongside cocktails, champagne and stellar live entertainment from a cast of local divas. Reservations are a must.
Diva-Approved Dining in Denver
Saturdays kick off in the mile-high city at Hamburger Mary‘s with a popular mimosa brunch, featuring an ever-changing DIY juice bar to complement $10 champagne bottles. Over in historic Highland, the banana bread French toast and casual atmosphere of Root Down keeps crowds coming back for more, as does its 4,000-square-foot garden and its commitment to sustainability and local farmers.
In Capitol Hill, Jelly‘s vintage cereal boxes, doughnut holes and Garbage Pail Kid-covered bathroom walls charm all who enter, earning it a spot among Thrillist’s list of the 22 best brunch spots in America. Meanwhile, the buzz around Snooze has led the locally-owned all-day brunch spot to expand into Arizona, California and Texas. In Denver, Snooze is known for its inclusive atmosphere, generous portions and dedication to community service.