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A Completely Subjective Ranking Of The Best Brunch Menu Items

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08/02/2017 06:01am ET
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Ahhh, brunch. There’s so much to love (and hate) about this meal. It’s the meal that we work all week for, the meal that let’s us pair Champagne with pancakes.

Whether you’re a serial brunch goer, hitting up all the best spots in town, or an occasional brunch goer, we’re sure you have opinions about the best dish served on the menu. And so do we.

We’ve taken all the classic brunch offerings and ranked them, because brunch is important. Here they are, in order from “pretty good” to “absolutely transcendent.”

Share your thoughts with us in the comments. We’re ready for battle.

22
Home fries
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Home fries wish they could be hash browns, but they're not even close. Not even a little bit. They're a sad waste of a potato.
21
Frittata
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If you like overcooked eggs, go ahead and order the frittata.
20
Shrimp and grits
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This Southern classic has now become a brunch staple, but it's just not right. Shrimp has got no place in the morning.
19
The lumberjack breakfast
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This is what you get when you just can't make a decision. We're talking eggs, bacon and/or sausage, hash browns AND pancakes. Usually you get a second plate when you order this beast of a meal. It's a lot. Actually, we're just going to say it:it's too much.
18
Burger
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Yep, brunch means you can order a burger before noon, but it's already available for lunch and dinner. Can't you branch out and order something else for just this one meal?
17
French Toast
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French toast is what you do with stale bread. We'll just let you think on that for a minute.
16
Omelette
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An omelette isn't just about the egg, it's what's inside that really counts. And that is entirely up to you.
15
Biscuits and sausage gravy
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Hello, gut buster! And hello, delicious! The classic Southern dish has gotten a hearty welcome from brunch-ers across the country, and with good reason. It's a break from the classic breakfast fare, and decadent enough to be worthy of brunch.
14
Bloody Mary
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This vodka cocktail is delicious, but dangerously so. Proceed with caution.
13
Croque monsieur (or madame)
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This classic French dish should be on more brunch menus. It's a grilled ham and cheese sandwich topped with béchamel sauce. (And it's sometimes served with an egg on top and called a croque madame). The sandwich is a step above the beloved grilled cheese, and it's a godsend before noon.
12
Pancakes
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Pancakes are great, they are. But brunch deserves even better.
11
Eggs Benedict
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Brunch is usually about decadence, and it doesn't get more decadent than Eggs Benedict. Plus, anything with hollandaise sauce gets bonus points in our book.
10
Huevos Rancheros
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You can judge a brunch spot on how good their huevos rancheros are. This dish spices up the otherwise (let's be honest) bland brunch choices.
9
Breakfast sandwich
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Sure, you can pick up a breakfast sandwich at your local coffee spot and eat it on the go. But the kind of breakfast sandwich you get at brunch, the kind that's made with a runny egg and seriously thick-cut bacon, that's the kind of meal that makes getting out of bed worth it.
8
Mimosa
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Champagne has given orange juice its true purpose in the form of a mimosa. It's a must.
7
Yogurt with granola
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Healthy? Check. Delicious? Check. We know not everyone will agree with this healthy choice, but this is what you order when you still need to function after brunch -- and want to actually enjoy your life choices.It's a pro move.
6
Bagel with lox and cream cheese
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This is delightful, as any serious brunch go-er knows.The umami-rich lox is cut with raw onion, capers and lemon juice, and it's just what a bagel with cream cheese needs. If you don't understand the beauty of this dish, we're not sure you deserve to eat brunch at all.
5
Belgian waffles
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Waffles are the best carb-loaded brunch choice. The the tiny squares are the perfect vessel for holding butter and maple syrup, which makes them better than pancakes (and French toast, obviously).
4
Chicken and waffles
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Everything we said above about waffles, plus fried chicken. All kinds of yes.
3
Hash browns
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Yesssss. Crisp and golden, these are everything you want potatoes to be. And they do an amazing job at sopping up any egg yolk on your plate.
2
Bacon
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Do we really need to explain?
1
Coffee
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Any coffee that someone else makes for you is basically the best. And at brunch, where you can linger for over an hour, you can order as many cups as you want. This is happiness.