Hillcrest may be a small neighborhood, but it has a host of trendy and modern restaurants, bars and businesses. You can find all kinds of incredible foods and drinks in Hillcrest, especially during Happy Hour. It’s also a great place to seek out brunch on the weekends. Not only do some of the best restaurants around serve incredible foods, you can find flavorful cocktails, including the beloved brunch staples, Bloody Marys, screwdrviers and mimosas.
Both the Bloody Mary and the screwdriver are considered by some to be a hangover cure. Their association with brunch may come less from a place of enjoyment and more from attempts to reduce the fallout from the last night’s fun. Mimosas, on the other hand, are believed to have originated in an upscale hotel in Paris in the 1920s. The inclusion of a mimosa with your brunch is more about savoring and enjoying this meal.
A mimosa is really just equal parts sparkling wine and orange juice, although some people may substitute other citrus juices. Some bars and restaurants come up with creative spins on the mimosa, although the classic version with sparkling white wine and orange juice is a classic for a reason.
If you’re going to drink, you might as well indulge yourself! Although many places that serve brunch also serve mimosas and other daytime or brunch cocktails, fewer offer guests the chance to enjoy bottomless mimosas. We’ve found five places in Hillcrest that serve incredible brunch that will keep your champagne flute full with endless refills throughout your meal.
Baja Betty’s All You Can Eat and Drink
Location: 1421 University Avenue
Hours: Monday-Friday: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Baja Betty’s is beloved by locals for its fun and laid-back atmosphere, combined with great food and drinks. They serve flavorful Tex-Mex dishes and thirty different specialty margaritas, as well as a range of premium tequilas and mezcals. On the weekends, they open an hour earlier than usual to serve up brunch.
Their brunch is an all you can eat affair, which costs $24.90 per person. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can have your choice of an assortment of dishes. The standard Bottomless Brunch Buffet features all the mimosas you can drink, along with their Mexican buffet. It includes the Baja Betty’s taco station, an assortment of breakfast foods, a waffle bar with fresh strawberry preserves, breakfast scrambles made to your order, a station with fruit and desserts, weekly specialty foods, salads and other Mexican and American dishes.
If you don’t want to eat off their Mexican buffet, you can order Bottomless Sangria or Champagne for only $11.95. The buffet without drinks is $14.95. They will also serve you Bloody Marys for just $4 each. Once you’ve enjoyed the Bottomless Brunch Buffet at Baja Betty’s, they may just become your go-to weekend brunch location.
Really Truly Bottomless at MO’s
Urban MO’s Bar & Grill
Location: 308 University Avenue
Hours: Seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Urban MO’s is a well-known and locally loved gay bar, but they welcome everyone for their incredible brunch on Sunday mornings. They do serve breakfast daily, but there are certain dishes only available on the weekends. Sundays are also when they do their Sunday Brunch Buffet, which includes all you can eat and drink, including champagne and juice.
The buffet costs $12, and endless mimosas are another $12. In other words, for $24 you can enjoy all you can handle from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. any Sunday. Common breakfast items on their menu include rosemary potatoes, scrambled eggs, toast, sausage, ham, sausage, gravy, and steak and eggs. They also make some specialty eggs Benedict, like their Chipotle Eggs Benedict, which are only available on the weekends.
You can also build your own scramble with an assortment of cheese, meats, veggies and toppings. If you want something sweet, you can order up three or five blueberry or chocolate chip pancakes. Overall, while MO’s Bar & Grill doesn’t have the biggest menu for breakfast, they do have some great dishes available. Combine that with reasonable prices and bottomless mimosas, and you can see why this is such a popular place for Sunday brunch.
Amazing Food To Go With Your Mimosa
Two Seven Eight
Location: 3687 Fifth Avenue
Hours: Tuesday: 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Wednesday-Friday: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
A New American restaurant with a full cocktail bar, Two Seven Eight is definitely a trendy and fun place to grab a meal. There’s plenty of comfortable seating, and it’s casual enough that you don’t have to worry about dressing up for brunch unless you want to. They even offer a kid’s dish, which is a cashew butter and elderberry jelly sandwich served with honey and bananas.
Other brunch offerings include a BLT with a fried egg, fried chicken with fries, ceviche made with a mixture of fish, shrimp and home fries piles high with toppings like carnitas, pickled onion, candied bacon and sausage gravy. They also make omelets, breakfast pizza, shrimp and grits, breakfast tacos (including a version with soy chorizo), French toast, steak and eggs, and Brussels sprouts cooked with candied bacon. There’s even a tofu scramble with soy chorizo and black beans for the vegetarian or vegan in your group.
Two Seven Eight has a full bar that serves up signature cocktails. You can order a Long Island made with chai tea or a signature cocktail like the Holy Fool, made with passionfruit, tequila and ghost pepper salt. Their bottomless mimosas during brunch cost $12.
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Worth The Wait at Hash House
Hash House A Go Go
Location: 3628 5th Avenue
Hours: Monday: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
When you’re craving the perfect eggs Benedict and mimosas to match, you need to stop into Hash House A Go Go. They call their New American cuisine “twisted farm food,” and their menu definitely backs up that claim. You can order hashes, scrambles, benedicts, pancakes, waffles, sandwiches, specialty plates, salads and burgers during brunch. However, the toppings and ingredients are fresh and unique.
For example, you can get eggs Benedict made with hand-hammered pork tenderloin, market yellow tomato, spinach and BBQ cream, or roasted chicken, mushroom, market yellow tomato and basil pesto cream. Other versions have bacon, salmon or fried chicken. They serve up an “upside down” chicken pot pie, which features a cracker crust, roasted chicken, potatoes veggies and gravy served with mashed potatoes.
For those with a sweet tooth, they have French toast served with banana cinnamon cream and pecan maple syrup and waffles. They also make a range of flavored pancakes, including blueberry pecan, brown sugar, banana, blackberry granola, snickers, mango coconut and butterscotch almond.
Whether you’re going sweet or savory with your brunch dish, you can choose to pair it with bottomless mimosas for only $15 per person. You can beat the crowds on weekdays and Saturdays by making a reservation, although they don’t take reservations on Sundays.