Celebrating New Year’s Day with brunch is one of the best ways to ring in the new year. With the holiday falling during the week for 2014, the options are more limited this time around but there are a few awesome choices if you want to get up early and enjoy a yummy brunch with champagne and mimosas, or even a spicy bloody mary. Be sure to make reservations early as many venues fill up for brunch, especially on holidays like New Year’s Day. If you are searching for a spot to enjoy the first day of 2014, here are three Sacramento restaurants serving up a great New Year’s Day brunch.
de Vere’s Irish Pub
1521 L St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Head over to de Vere’s Irish Pub on New Year’s Day for its special brunch. De Vere’s is offering the best “pick-me-ups” after a long night out celebrating. Look for bottomless mimosas, de Vere’s signature Irish coffees and, of course, some of the best bloody marys in Sacramento. De Vere’s chef, Wesley Nilssen, will also debut a new brunch menu just in time for 2014.
De Vere’s has locations in both Sacramento and Davis and if you haven’t stopped at one of the locations, definitely add them to your “must-try” list. An authentic Irish pub, de Vere’s was started by an Irish family who emigrated from Dublin. Going the extra mile, all of the pub fixtures and furniture were designed and built in Ireland. If you can’t be in Dublin to celebrate the New Year’s gathering, de Vere’s is your next best bet.
The Porch Restaurant and Bar
1815 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
The Porch Restaurant and Bar will be hosting a special New Year’s Day brunch from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Keep an eye out for some of its regular Sunday brunch items like grilled brie with house-made jam, organic spinach, balsamic molasses reduction and grilled garlic toast, along with some chef’s special creations just for New Year’s Day. Be sure to try The Porch’s signature Tuscaloosa-style fried green tomatoes fried in cornmeal and served with shredded romaine, Memphis dressing, applewood bacon, feta cheese and a hard-boiled organic egg.
Offering up some of the best Southern cuisine in Sacramento, The Porch Restaurant and Bar has become a fan favorite with many local Sacramento residents. The menu changes often, bringing diners and brunch fans back regularly. The Porch prides itself in sourcing local ingredients and supporting area producers as much as possible. For those who are curious about the suppliers used, executive chef/owner Jonathon Clemons keeps an updated list on The Porch’s website.
Save some room for cocktails as The Porch has not only been recognized for its superior brunch, but its lineup of specialty cocktails as well. Ask about the availability of “Southern Sunday,” which is made with bacon-infused Bourbon, fresh egg whites and pure maple syrup.
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1500 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Swing by Capitol Garage on New Year’s Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for bottomless mimosas for $7.95 with the purchase of brunch or an entree. Capitol Garage is known for the unlimited champagne mimosas and New Year’s Day brunch will be no exception. If you haven’t tried brunch here yet, you’re missing out. Capitol Garage offers an excellent variety of brunch specialties and has a good handle on dietary restrictions — including providing gluten-free options.
Look for multiple benedicts, omelets and scrambles, and even some decadent options like the Monte Cristo sandwich made with honey ham and muenster served between French toast slices, berry syrup and an egg over easy. Or enjoy the candied pancakes — pancakes grilled with candied walnuts and apples, served with honey butter and vanilla syrup. Vegans and those seeking gluten-free menu items will want to inquire about dishes like the BBQ tofu hash, made with Nama-Age tofu, BBQ, peppers, onions and potatoes with grilled summer squash and avocado.
Capitol Garage sources ingredients from local providers and makes everything from scratch whenever possible. Everything from its poultry and beef to tofu comes from greater Sacramento-area businesses offering organic and natural products.
Erin De Santiago is a freelance travel and food/wine writer and photographer from Sacramento, California. She is a regional membership coordinator for the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) and writes for a number of publications in addition to publishing her own blogs. She has traveled to over 40 countries on five continents in search of the best food and wine around the globe. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.