St. George Brunch Ideas

St. George Brunch Ideas

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Summer is the season of sleeping-in, especially after a late night at an amusement park, at the movies, or around the pool for a late night swim. But why should summer fun get in the way of the most important meal of the day? Perhaps it was for this very reason that “brunch” was created. If your family wakes up after the morning hours are long gone, not to fear, St. George has a few solutions to your mid-morning/early-afternoon cravings.

If you have kids or it’s after noon…

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choose the Bear Paw Cafe (3.5/5 stars on Yelp). This place is a St. George staple, and you’ll quickly see why. The Bear Paw is a classic diner that features a robust menu complete with breakfast classics such as omelettes, pancakes, french toast, and hashbrowns in addition to lunch dishes such as sandwiches and salads. This exhaustive menu is sure to please everyone in your party. It even includes a long list of herbal teas, smoothies, and gourmet coffees for those who still need a little help waking up.

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The best part? Bear Paw Cafe serves breakfast all day long – a true novelty in a small city.

The worst part? Due to the cafe’s popularity, you will likely have to wait in line and may be pinched for space. Fortunately, the Bear Paw is located in the heart of historical downtown St. George, so put your name on the list and go explore while you wait.

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What to order? The Bear Paw is famous for its Belgian Waffles. You can choose different versions of the waffle such as Banana, Pecan, Blueberry, Apple Spice, Chocolate Brownie, or classic Vanilla. So go big! Personally, I prefer lunch items and will order their BLT (complete with thick slices of smoked bacon) every time. For kids, choose from the cafe’s Cub Menu which features smaller versions of breakfast classics as well as their “Breakfast on a Stick”: breakfast sausage on a stick covered in pancake batter and fried, served with maple syrup dipping sauce and hashbrowns – what kid could deny such a treat?!

If you prefer a more gourmet menu or a smaller crowd…

…choose George’s Corner (4/5 stars on Yelp). George’s restaurant is located just across St. George Blvd. from the Bear Paw. It has a much smaller crowd that you’ll find at the Bear Paw, likely because George’s is known more for its dinner menu. However, do not be deterred, George’s brunch is as delicious as you’ll find anywhere. George’s menu features breakfast classics, but adds their own, gourmet flair. Take their eggs benedict, for example: this typical brunch dish is made fabulous by the options of adding farm fresh eggs (hatched by local hens) and/or smoked salmon in place of ham. Served with a side of the best hash browns I’ve ever tasted, this plate takes the cake.

The best part? You and your party are seated instantly and greeted by happy, personable servers.

The worst part? The hours. George’s only serves brunch until noon (1:00 pm on Sundays). And the $5.50 fresh-squeezed orange juice. Though delicious, this drink is overpriced, especially considering that all the other dishes are very reasonable.

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What to order? As I said, the eggs benedict is a win. Their pancake sandwich – complete with two pancakes, sausage/bacon, and eggs – is also delicious and will fill you up for the rest of the day. For the gourmet-seeking pallet, try the lemon-ricotta pancake with fruit compote. The pancake is fluffy, moist, and crispy on the edges with a subtle hint of lemon that pairs perfectly with fresh blueberries mixed in the batter. To. Die. For.

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After brunching with our friends at George’s Corner and the Bear Paw, brunch may be your new favorite meal of the day.

Live Well, Travel Better

Weston Sill

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