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Brunch: good on Valentine's Day or any weekend

We love the idea of a Valentine’s brunch outing (and no, not the eat-all-you-can-buffet-style).

An early time of day, great food, reasonable prices and mimosas — what’s not to love? It’s also a great way to try out a restaurant without plunking down big bucks or fighting to find night parking.

Brunch is served from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Buffalo Proper (333 Franklin St.) where you can delight in the food from Executive Chef Ed Forster and drinks from Jon Karel, trailblazer of Buffalo’s cocktail scene.

Two locations of Trattoria Aroma serve Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: 307 Bryant St. and at 4840 N. French Road, East Amherst. The Aroma Benedict comes with a choice of asparagus, pancetta or grilled salmon. Yes, yes, and yes.

Trattoria Aroma on Bryant Street would be a sound brunch decision for Valentine's Day. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Trattoria Aroma on Bryant Street would be a sound brunch decision for Valentine's Day. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

One of the pioneers of brunch in Buffalo is the Left Bank (511 Rhode Island), which has been offering brunch since the restaurant opened more than 20 years ago. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

Other great Sunday breakfast/brunch locations include the darling Betty’s (370 Virginia St.) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We’ve also heard good things about Gertie’s (6010 Goodrich Rd., Clarence), which serves breakfast starting at 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Have your fella eating out of the palm of your hand this Valentine’s Day. Take him for barbecue breakfast at BW’s Smokin’ Barrel Barbecue (5007 Lake Ave., Blasdell). Served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., we recommend the No. 9 item simply called “Meat” on the menu. Chicken, pulled pork or brisket comes with a choice of eggs, homefries and toast.

BW Barbecue's chicken smoking on a grill. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News file photo)

BW Barbecue's chicken smoking on a grill. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News file photo)

The rest of the menu is simple, but does the trick with eggs, pancakes, waffles and omelets. After noon enjoy a mimosa, bloody mary or Irish coffee. Sweet and simple.

Some spots have Saturday and Sunday brunch. Providence Social (490 Rhode Island) serves 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday  and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Martin Cooks (346 Connecticut St.) serves 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The menu changes weekly, so throw caution to the wind and take the plunge, or check online.

Ham and eggs on a biscuit was one of Martin Cooks' brunch specials. (Ben Tsujimoto/Buffalo News file photo)

Ham, eggs and cheese on a biscuit was one of Martin Cooks' brunch specials. (Ben Tsujimoto/Buffalo News file photo)

Can’t do a Sunday brunch? The funky Merge (439 Delaware Ave.) serves brunch  from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. With an emphasis on healthy, vegetarian and vegan choices, it will simultaneously help you celebrate Valentine’s Day and work on getting rid of your love handles.

Merge on Delaware Avenue is a more health-conscious decision. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Merge on Delaware Avenue is a more health-conscious decision. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

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