10 for Brunch Last Updated 3/19

When did brunch become such a thing? In recent years it seems that many Connecticut restaurants that never gave it a thought before have begun putting Bloody Marys, omelets and much, much more onto their menus.  So let’s raise a toast to the weekend and enjoy!

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1| Pond House Café, Hartford

Brunch is served within the pleasant confines of Elizabeth Park. On offer: three Benedicts (eggs, smoked salmon and Pond House), along with a breakfast quesadilla, Roman omelette and crème brulee French toast.

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2| Firebox Restaurant, Hartford

Among the brunch offerings here are breakfast classics such as buttermilk waffles and egg sandwiches, and more exotic fare such as Hungarian sausage and red wine braised lentils.

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3| Heirloom, New Haven

On Sundays, the well-stocked Oyster Bar is open for business, hot caramel-apple doughnuts are making the rounds, and Stonington red shrimp & grits and huevos estudiados both deserve a try.

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4| The White Horse Country Pub, Marbledale

Here’s a cheerful roadside tavern where the brunch menu is high, wide and handsome, ranging from bacon, cheddar & tomato quiche and crab cake Benedict to steakhouse shepherd's pie and Persian lamb koftas.

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5| Alta Strada, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket

Lovers of brunch buffets will go for the lavish spread at Alta Strada. The dozens of items run from fresh-baked breads to salads, soups, egg dishes, chicken and eggplant parm, along with carving stations.

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6| The Schoolhouse at Cannondale, Wilton

The French-toasted brioche with blackberries and maple syrup sounds doable, as does frittata with duck confit, cipolini onions and spinach, served with Wave Hill toast.

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7| Fresh Salt, Old Saybrook

How about brunch with a saltwater view? The buffet includes omelet, sushi, pasta and pancake stations, fresh seafood (including shrimp cocktail), roasts and desserts.

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8| The Mill on the River, South Windsor

Here’s one of the best brunch deals in the state - $19.95 gets you two cocktails, an assortment of pastries, fruit, coffee or tea and an entrée that could be filet mignon Benedict or seafood crepe or sole Francaise.

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9| Terrain Garden Café, Westport

The setting, within a gorgeous, high-end home-and-garden emporium, is a part of the takeaway here. Brunch is served every day with things like brioche pumpkin pie French toast or farmer’s market gnocchi and steak frites.

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10| Sugar & Olives, Norwalk

Nearly all the menu items come from within Connecticut or nearby. Brunch items include a morning trifle, the sugar-and-olives crepe, English breakfast and a grass-fed, home-schooled, church-going jam burger.