Besos Tea House
Brunch is served at this gorgeous teahouse Thursday through Sunday from 11am to 3pm, with live jazz on Sundays. In warmer weather, brunch will be offered daily with outdoor seating on the wraparound porch. Besos is visually stimulating with gleaming hardwood floors, a wall of oversized ornate mirrors, and intriguing architectural details. House specialties are the Mexican-style fried eggs bathed in green chile sauce ($9; with grilled pork, $14), scrambled eggs with chorizo ($12), and baked pancakes and Parmesan cheese with a choice of caramelized fruit ($8). All egg dishes are served with warm house-made tortillas, roasted fingerling potatoes, black beans, queso fresco and plantains. We hear that Chef Tony Morales’ roasted potatoes with chipotle sauce are addictive. Beverages include loose teas by the pot, specialty coffees, creative cocktails and sangria. Besos is the Spanish word for kisses, and brunch there will leave you blowing kisses at the chef and his staff.
Eleven Forty Nine
Yet another spectacular brunch is served at 1149 every Sunday from 10am to 2pm, with live music provided by a classical guitarist. For $24.95, you can start with Chef Jules Ramos’ signature clam and corn chowder and then move onto any number of food stations, from salads to fresh fruit to pasta. The extraordinary menu offerings include a rotation of main courses: teriyaki-glazed prime rib, honey-Dijon glazed baked ham, herb-roasted pork loin, and rosemary and garlic roasted leg of lamb, freshly carved and served with savory accompaniments. Omelets and pasta dishes are cooked to order. Not to be missed – the thick-cut seasonal Portuguese bread French toast, the three-potato hash with fresh herbs and caramelized onions, and the blue crab stuffed filet of sole with lobster newburg sauce. Save room for the decadent desserts, from the flourless chocolate torte to the miniature red velvet cupcakes, all made on the premises. It’s no wonder that 1149 has won so many awards for its Sunday brunch. Children eat at half price, and there is no charge for children under 3 years of age.
Grille On Main
On Restaurant Row in East Greenwich, a very affordable brunch menu is available every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at this neighborhood restaurant. On the breakfast side of the menu, you can create your own omelet ($9) with more than a dozen savory ingredients, or you can try the seven-ounce sirloin steak and two eggs any style ($10) served with home fries. Beyond the basics, you can have roasted salmon ($12) served with mesclun greens that have been tossed with cherry tomatoes, goat cheese and citrus balsamic vinaigrette, or roasted tomato and butter poached cod ($10) accompanied by home fries and sugar snap peas. A classic chicken picatta ($11) in a lemon-white wine sauce is garnished with zesty capers. The Caprese salad ($8) of fresh mozzarella and ripe tomatoes with fresh spinach is drizzled with basil oil and balsamic reduction. Coffee and tea is provided to all guests at brunch.
T’s has a very different agenda compared to other breakfast spots. It’s not just the extra comfortable seating or the original art by owner Anthony Tomaselli on the walls. It’s a sincere restorative attitude that emanates from the kitchen and is channeled through the wait staff to each and every customer. Hence the oversized messages on the walls: Welcome, Gratitude, Until Next Time. And then there’s the food, the glorious food. From the griddle come various forms of French Toast, from ooey gooey to Texas style ($4.99 to $7.99). They’ll even make any kind you request. A variety of breakfast sandwiches ($4.99 to $5.79) comes with a choice of seasoned home fries or yummy baked cinnamon apples. The three-egg omelets ($7.29 to $8.99) are quite creative – try the Athenian Grilled Chicken Omelet stuffed with kalamata olives and feta cheese. The house specialty is the E.G. Platter ($9.29), a warm and crispy Belgian waffle with two eggs, any style, two sausage links, two bacon strips and home fries. All you’ll need is plenty of hot coffee and the morning paper.