“But first, brunch.”

There’s nothing quite like waking up in the lazy hours of Sunday morning, throwing on a comfy sweater and some shorts and walking down to your favorite restaurant for a late breakfast. If there’s any city that’s perfected the art of brunch, it’s Eau Claire. Below are just a few of the numerous Sunday brunches available in good ol’ Eau Claire.

Altoona Family Restaurant

Exterior of Altoona Family Restaurant

If you’re yearning for a breakfast spot that reminds you of family meals with mom and pop, then Altoona Family Restaurant is a solid choice! The waitstaff at Altoona Family treats you as if you’re an old friend, and their brunch is pure comfort food. They have everything you could possibly be craving—salads, burgers, soup, breakfast foods galore and more! This is a kind of place that makes sure your coffee cup is filled to the rim and that you walk out with nothing less than a full and satisfied belly. 

The Nucleus

Going to the Nucleus Café is always a no-brainer. Their food is to die for! From the savory but seldom-captured Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes (i.e. the best thing on the menu and the item that sells out within the first hour and a half of the Nucleus being open) to the fantastic mimosas you can raise your glasses with, everything is perfect about this place. After one trip here, you'll make the Nucleus a part of all your future visits to Eau Claire too! 

Grand Avenue Café

Possibly the coziest spot to grab brunch in Eau Claire, Grand Avenue Café is a cute little café that serves a variety of sammies, homemade soups and quiche. YES. YOU HEARD US. QUICHE. They also have outdoor seating. It’s in a smaller building, making this the perfect location for those looking to have a more intimate brunch. With that being said though, we highly recommend making a reservation or getting there early to secure yourself a spot at this GRAND (pun intended) location!

The French Press

When you want to go somewhere with a quaint atmosphere and excellent food, the French Press is the place for you. Their menu is quite extensive, but there's not a single item on it that isn't delicious. Everything is made fresh and it's proven once that first bite hits your tongue. Did we mention they have stuffed french toast with Nutella and strawberries? You clearly can't go wrong with this gem of a breakfast joint!

Norske Nook

Is 6 stars a thing? If it was, then this place deserves them! If you can't make it to Norway for some traditional lefse and other Scandinavian treats, then Norske Nook will deliver. And boy, do they! Their menu features many different Norwegian/American plates, but the stars of the show are their pies. Believe us when we say that the pies here are nothing like you've tasted before. They are so rich, so creamy, so savory... SO DANG GOOD! Do yourself a favor and order one to take home with you too. You can thank us later!

Chick-A-Dee’s

Another family-style restaurant, Chick-A-Dee’s, is the type of place that you walk into and instantly feel happy. While this is partially thanks to their all-day breakfast, amazing omelets, and some of the best hash browns in town, it’s also because of the warm diner atmosphere they have. If you want on-point service where your coffee mug is never empty, then this is where you want to be this Sunday.

If you're someone who likes to drink in the morning rather than eat, then may we suggest checking out our list of places to go for a solid Bloody Mary? Whether you're devouring pancakes from one of these places or enjoying your meal at any of Eau Claire's local restaurants, we want you to share it with us using #CaptureEC! Bon Appétit!