As we look forward to Mother’s Day and are still buzzing over our list of the 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America 2017, we’re always looking for yet another excuse go big at brunch. These lavish spreads with a price tag to match are just the thing to take a rest on the seventh day, with a little bit of heaven on a plate. For a Sunday brunch splurge, think everything from gold-covered pizza to lobster and free-flowing Champagne in settings just as opulent at these over-the-top brunches around the U.S.
Industry Kitchen, New York, New York
Call it the Jagermeister of pizzas. Industry Kitchen’s opulent 24K pie breaks the bank and the belly at a whopping $2,000 and is covered in 24-karat gold leaves, foie gras, truffles, caviar, and Stilton cheese. It’s not an impulse buy, either — diners must order it two days in advance, the same amount of time it takes for the squid ink dough to rise. You’ll admire the glittery surface just as much as the waterside views here, where, thankfully, the rest of the brunch menu isn’t quite as over-the-top: even the luxe lobster omelet comes in at a wallet-friendly $18. Make a reservation at Industry Kitchen.
Signature Room at the 95th, Chicago, Illinois
Your eyes will be as big as your stomach at the Signature Room, where, perched 95 floors above the Windy City, hungry Chicagoans celebrate the weekend in sky-high style. You’ll find it hard to save room for their delicious desserts what with an impressive spread that kicks off with a “starters buffet” that alone would require an afternoon nap for most — think chilled seafood, fruit, yogurt, salads, soups, cheeses, charcuterie, and made-to-order omelets. But all-you-can-order entrees also include a burger with bacon, fried egg, herb-garlic aioli, and sweet potato hash, seared Australian lamb chops with red wine Bolognese, and braised short ribs. Since you may not require another meal for the day, consider the $50 per adult price tag ($25 for kids 12 and younger) a solid investment. Make a reservation at the Signature Room at the 95th.
SoBou, New Orleans, Louisiana
Bigger is better at SouBou in Nola, where the $45 Big Hooch community cocktail served up in a giant flask gets Sunday “suppers” in the mood to whoop it up during a three-course “legs and eggs” Burlesque Boozy Brunch. It’s a feast for the eyes with renowned burlesque dancer Bella Blue performing with a live jazz band, paired expertly with chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez’s fried quail and foie gras waffles with boudin-stuffed game bird, a sunny-side up egg, and foie-infused cane syrup. Make a reservation at SouBou.
The Belvedere, Beverly Hills, California
Sure you can enjoy the all-you-can-eat brunch at the Belvedere for $85 — but what fun is that without the free-flowing Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne bar for an additional $25? The bubbly complements locally sourced seafood including oysters, lobster-topped Yukon gold potato and tarragon waffle, lump crab salad on brioche, and hand-carved stuffed and roasted leg of lamb for landlubbers. Follow it up with pastry chef Stephanie Boswell’s peach profiteroles or baked French toast. Make a reservation at The Belvedere.
Queen Mary Champagne Sunday Brunch, Long Beach, California
A trip to the Queen Mary is like stepping back in time — especially when you consider executive chef Todd Henderson’s menu that pays homage to the ship’s travels all over the world and her ports of call. Think Italian dishes, Asian specialties, fantastical French desserts, and an “over the sea” buffet complete with one of Henderson’s signature items — an entire poached salmon serpentine with dill garnished with fresh lemons. “I think you go back in time when you come here and sample some of the food items that may have been onboard during the glory days of sailing,” Henderson said. Don’t forget the piece de resistance: a toast with a traditional Champagne glass, the likes of which celebs from Liz Taylor to Winston Churchill would have raised for live entertainment in the Grand Salon. The Hollywood price tag is $60 for adults ($70 on holiday weekends) and $25 for kids. Make a reservation at Queen Mary Champagne Sunday Brunch.
Jaya at the Setei, Miami, Florida
East meets West at Jaya’s jazz brunch, where free-flowing Louis Roederer Champagne will have you tapping your toes to the best of New Orleans-inspired tunes and Asian cuisine. Kids will marvel at the action with wok stations, tandoor ovens, live carving stations, and a lavish dessert buffet, and meals can be enjoyed indoors or out on the patio of the serene courtyard with its retractable roof. Adults are $85 (which includes Bloody Mary’s, too), and children ages 5-12 are $45. Make a reservation at Jaya at the Setei.
Sterling Brunch at Bally’s, Las Vegas, Nevada
There are few surefire bets in Vegas, but the Sterling Brunch is one of them. Despite the desert locale, it’s a seafood lover’s delight, with limitless fresh-shucked oysters, lobster tails, Alaskan king crab legs, and unlimited American sturgeon caviar, all paired with never-ending glasses of Perrier-Jouët Champagne and mimosas. The signature item is the Gruyere cheese-flavored popovers, but it would be a shame to fill up too early and miss out on such indulgences as truffle mashed potatoes, rack of lamb, banana bread pudding French toast, and select dishes ordered with a server, including lobster bisque. Play your cards right and you can even get a guided tour of all of the offerings, all for $90 per person and $50 for children. Make a reservation at Sterling Brunch at Bally’s Las Vegas.
Culina at the Four Seasons Hotel, Los Angeles
Call Culina’s feast an around-the-world culinary adventure on a plate. Every Sunday, one of LA’s best-known buffets pulls out all the stops with Chinese dim sum, Japanese sushi, South of the Border quesadillas, an Italian cheese and charcuterie station (no surprise for this restaurant’s modern-Italian menu), and much more. The $85 spread ($39 for kids 5-12) ranges across both the restaurant and Windows Lounge and features both indoor and al fresco dining. Follow up whatever sweet view you choose with a sweet treat from the free-flowing chocolate fountain or give into the intoxicating aroma of the fresh doughnuts made on the spot. Make a reservation at Culina at the Four Seasons Hotel.
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Carley Thornell is a travel writer whose experiences eating street food in Japan, English peas in the UK, free-range steak in Argentina, and Brussels sprouts at Estragon tapas in her hometown of Boston have provided unforgettable culinary inspiration. Shout out at email@example.com.