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Elevating brunch

A portobello mushroom eggs Benedict with spinach and smoked gouda. Corned beef hash with a cup of French press coffee prepared tableside.

All over town, chefs are elevating their brunch menus with dishes like these, choosing inventive, farm-fresh ingredients and inviting diners to relax, catch up and enjoy a bubbly pick-me-up. (It doesn’t hurt that, thanks to the “Mimosa Resolution,” restaurants can now serve alcohol at 10 a.m. Sundays.) Here are a few brunch spots in particular that we love:

Located on Virginia Street, Betty’s is among several tried-and-true favorites that never disappoint. The homey establishment built its reputation on delicious fare like the breakfast burrito, chilaquiles and Benedict options. Trattoria Aroma offers brunch at its Bryant Street and East Amherst locations; if Bloody Marys are your thing, select from several creative, housemade blends. In the Elmwood Village, Cecelia’s Ristorante gives patrons one complimentary mimosa with a sandwich or brunch specialty item (try the cannoli French toast or the crab and lobster benedict).

Then there’s the new class — a fresh crop of restaurants opened over the past few years that have upped the standard for brunch in Buffalo. The prix fixe option at the upscale Patina 250, located in the new Westin Hotel on Delaware Avenue, promises endless bellinis and two courses, with options like chorizo and goat cheese frittata, a berry bowl and crab cakes. Looking for comfort food? For Southern fare, Toutant is your new go-to, as Chef James Roberts brings his Louisiana heritage to Buffalo with biscuits and gravy and muffaletta. And, for Mexican, consider Deep South Taco, with locations downtown and on Hertel Avenue.

On a beautiful summer morning, sit outside at Hydraulic Hearth with a cocktail and a BreadHive Bakery bagel sandwich at Bagels & Booze brunch on Saturdays through the fall. Over at The Black Sheep, Steve and Ellen Gedra use local produce and sustainably sourced meats for dishes like the whimsically named H.R.E.A.M. (Hash Rules Everything Around Me, a brisket hash with eggs and toast), basted egg with heirloom polenta, and grapefruit brulée with maple cream. Meanwhile, Lait Cru Brasserie — opened last year in the Horsefeathers Building by Jill Gedra Forster of Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile — offers French-inspired breakfast items on its regular menu and teams up with other local chefs for a monthly Brasserie Brunch (reserve your seat early by phone).

Outside the city, Carte Blanche in Hamburg, opened in 2016, features inventive brunch dishes, including the breakfast burger with gnocchi tots and mushroom toast with goat cheese from First Light Creamery. And, in East Aurora, the Roycroft Inn treats brunch as an event, with a stations-style setup sure to please the entire family.

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