Top 6 Brunch Spots to Start Your Day

With a primetime kickoff this weekend, you may want to leisurely make your way out of town on Sunday. But with large crowds on a football weekend, there are plenty of great places outside of town to load up on breakfast or brunch before you hit the road.

 

Some of our favorites include:

Gardens Restaurant at The Penn Stater

Perhaps the granddaddy of Happy Valley brunches, this all-you-can-eat buffet features a weekly featured menu with breakfast specialties like scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, asparagus, and Boursin or chocolate and peanut butter stuffed French toast, lunch selections like leg of lamb or grilled swordfish, and traditional buffet features like an omelet station, Belgian waffles and a salad bar. Plus, fancier items including caviar, homemade pates, and an International cheese board. Your brunch includes a complimentary mimosa or glass of champagne.

215 Innovation Blvd., State College; 814-863-5000; thepennstaterhotel.psu.edu

 

The Waffle Shop

The downtown location tends to draw top crowds (and lines) on weekend mornings, so be sure to check out the two locations of The Original Waffle Shop (different owner, nearly identical menus to the downtown location) with (slightly) smaller crowds and ample free parking. A little cash (The Waffle Shop doesn’t accept cards) goes a long way—with hearty breakfast favorites like three-egg omelets, steak and eggs, pancakes, and, of course, waffles.

1229 N. Atherton St., State College; 814-238-7460 -- 1610 W. College Ave., State College; 814-235-1816; originalwaffleshop.net

 

The American Ale House

Nestled in Toftrees, The American Ale House is a great out-of-the-way spot to enjoy a great brunch. They serve unique brunch selections like avocado toast, spinach and wild mushroom casserole, yogurt creme brulee, and bananas foster French toast. Plus, they have a Build Your Own Bloody Mary bar.

821 Cricklewood Dr., State College; 814-237-9701; americanalehouse.net

 

The Naked Egg Café

You won't go hungry after a breakfast trip to The Naked Egg Cafe, which serves up some unique breakfast entrees like Chix and Waffle (fried chicken tenders on a Belgian waffle covered in gravy), Bean Town (Chorizo served with baked beans, 2 eggs, and toast), and the Hot Mess (two eggs, cheese grits, and grilled shrimp covered in sausage gravy). The fact that there is scrapple on the menu makes The Naked Egg Cafe a true central Pennsylvania treasure. Open for breakfast and lunch.

320 Pine Grove Road, State College; 814-954-7341; www.nakedeggcafe.com

 

The View Restaurant

Enjoy your brunch with a magnificent view at Mountain View Country Club. The popular Sunday brunch at The View Restaurant features a chef's carving station, made-to-order omelets, a variety of salads, pastries, a changing array of entree items, and a complimentary Bloody Mary or mimosa.

100 Elks Club Rd., Boalsburg; 814-466-7231; www.mtviewcountryclub.com

 

Saturday Brunch Stop at Gigi’s

And one to grow on…if you get to town early Saturday and want a great sit-down brunch before you hit the tailgate field, check out Saturday Brunch at Gigi’s Southern Table. Served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday, Gigi's serves up some southern favorites like Gumbo, Cajun Eggs Benedict, and Southern Fried Chicken. Note that brunch is only served on Saturdays, so check it out before the game!

2080 Cato Ave., State College; 814-861-3463; www.gigisdining.com

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