15 Places to Brunch on Saturday
Sometimes you just can’t wait until Sunday to brunch. Whether you’ve got a good book or a good friend as a companion, and whether you’re craving a savory egg plate or a sky-high stack of pancakes, the 15 must-visit eateries below are open Saturdays and are so yummy you’ll be heading back for seconds as soon as the sun rises Sunday morning.
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This black-owned St. Peters café is small in size but big on flavor. Indie Eatery is a weekends-only brunch spot that prioritizes sustainable eating and fresh ingredients. Sip a nutrient-rich smoothie while you try one of Indie’s specialty brown butter waffles. We recommend the Earthbound, topped with smoked chicken, or the Peanut Butter Pollution with peanut butter, chocolate and whipped cream.
7827 Mexico Road
The Mud House
This kitschy Cherokee Street neighborhood café can do no wrong with bottomless cups of coffee and made-from-scratch comfort food. If the weather is warm, sit outside on The Mud House’s patio and enjoy the English breakfast plate, spicy tofu scramble with roasted potatoes and mushrooms or challah French toast with bananas and walnuts and a generous drizzle of real maple syrup.
2101 Cherokee St.
This newly updated Central West End gem shines a spotlight on fresh produce, sourcing fruits, veggies, herbs and edible flowers from its own gardens. Café Osage’s menu varies by season, but perennial favorites include the sourdough pancakes with cherry compote and the mushroom benedict with roasted ozark mushrooms. Make it a celebration with a mimosa with freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit juice.
4605 Olive St.
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For a full spread of food you can share, Mandarin House’s weekend dim sum in University City is a favorite for large and small groups. Feast on dumplings, steamed buns, savory chicken wings, stir fried veggies, egg custard tarts, plus traditional Western dishes.
8004 Olive Blvd.
Gooseberries’ $13 casual Saturday brunch buffet in South City offers something for every empty belly. Help yourself to pancakes, pastries and doughnuts or order a to-order omelet with your choice of veggies, meat, and cheese. If you’re a vegetarian, try their Krispy Fried Tofu. If you eat meat, don’t leave without trying the blackened spam and thick cut bacon. Everything in this buffet is made from scratch in house.
2754 Chippewa St.
Half & Half
This brunch spot’s Clayton and Webster Groves locations get packed, but it’s worth the wait. Start with an order of Half & Half’s cinnamon and sugar-coated donuts with chocolate dipping sauce. From there, indulge yourself with their blackberry cheesecake stuffed french toast or chorizo breakfast tacos with queso fresco.
8135 Maryland Ave. in Clayton
220 W. Lockwood Ave. in Webster Groves
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With two locations (Downtown and South Grand) to choose between, Rooster is a crowd-pleaser that’s great for larger groups and kids. Make sure to sample the award-winning bloody Mary, and feast on sweet or savory crepes, egg plates and the brunch burger with sausage patties, fried eggs and Fontina cheese tucked inside two house-made biscuits.
3150 S. Grand Blvd. on South Grand
1104 Locust St. in Downtown
A perfect place for an upscale, special occasion brunch in the Central West End, Brasserie puts a French twist on brunch time favorites. Try the classic croque madame, sweet beignets with plum compote or, for a real treat, order the brisket tartine with fontina cheese and arugula salad.
4580 Laclede Ave.
Benton Park Café
A casual and comfortable Benton Park neighborhood favorite, Benton Park Café technically offers brunch every day, but on Saturdays the mimosas and bloody Marys are only $4! If you’re an early bird, visit Benton Park Café as early as 7am on the weekends for hearty morning fare.
2901 Salena St.
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This restaurant’s Midtown and Benton Park locations are both lovely, natural light-filled spots perfect for sitting and sipping coffee while you greet the day. Egg’s eclectic menu features specialty breakfast dishes from around the globe, including Tunisian hash, chakchouka, and a Mexican slinger with tortillas, beans and pico de gallo.
2200 Gravois Ave. in Benton Park
3100 Locust St. in Midtown
The Scottish Arms
Start your weekend off right in the Central West End at The Scottish Arms with a build-your-own bloody Mary and Scottish brunch fare like fish and chips with lemon caper sauce or a full Scottish breakfast with two eggs fried, bangers, rashers scottish bacon, baked beans and black pudding.
8 S. Sarah St.
Clayton mainstay Pastaria offers a small but fantastic menu of rustic, Italian-style breakfast dishes like the wood oven-baked eggs, semolina waffle and breakfast pizza topped with pork belly and eggs.
7734 Forsyth Blvd.
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Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria
Craving pizza for breakfast? No trouble—Katie’s offers handcrafted pizza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each weekend at its Rock Hill and Chesterfield locations. And if you’re in search of more traditional breakfast fare, Katie’s offers that, too. Try the blueberry ricotta pancakes, mushroom frittata and fresh fruit crudite.
9568 Manchester Road in Chesterfield
14171 Clayton Road in Rock Hill
Open daily and serving breakfast from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rise is the spot to go in The Grove for a stellar cup of coffee, community and a satisfying breakfast. Try the avocado toast with fresh veggies and a poached egg on Union Loafers bread or the hash with roasted veggies and eggs or tofu. Fresh off a complete remodel in early 2020, Rise offers patrons indoor and outdoor seating, plus a playroom upstairs for kids.
4176 Manchester Ave.
Southwest gets packed on the weekends, but if you have to wait, know the cornmeal pancakes, breakfast burritos and salsa-smothered huevos rancheros are worth it. The painted bus parked on the side of the building serves as a waiting lounge. It has free coffee and a bar inside so you can start brunching before you get a table.
6803 Southwest Ave.
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This is an updated version of a story that originally appeared on Mar 30, 2016.