Brunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Brunch restaurants in Birmingham and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Miss Rosemarie's Special Teas thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Silvertron Cafe, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Brunch.

10 Sol y Luna
Located on historic 7th Avenue, Sol y Luna (Sun and Moon) serves authentic Mexican cuisine with a contemporary twist. The bar features over 32 different tequilas. Reservations recommended. Dress is business casual. (205-322-1186)

9 Chez LuLu
A bit of romantic Europe in the middle of Alabama! Chez LuLu serves sinful dessert selections like crustless cheesecake, bread pudding du jour and seasonal pies. The decor pairs mismatched tables and place settings with some very interesting artwork. You'll also find for sampling gourmet pizzas, sandwiches, and salads. Lulu's serves a terrific Sunday brunch as well. (205-870-7011)

8 Klingler's European Bakery & Cafe
People living in the Vestavia Hills area count their lucky strudels for this family-owned bakery-cafe, where the German influence shines through in creations like the smoked liverwurst or schnitzel sandwich. Of course, anybody with a taste for sweets'll tell you that Klingler's baked goodies are among the best in the land. Take one bite of their German chocolate cheesecake, Bavarian cream torte or Black Forest cake, and you'll understand what the buzz is all about. (205-823-4560)

7 Five Points Grill
A great place in Five Points to hang out and enjoy food and drink, this bar and grill serves up a bevy of hearty American classics like jambalaya, shrimp and grits, homemade meatloaf, and grilled 14-oz rib-eye, as well as sandwiches, burgers and pizzas. They also serve a mean Sunday brunch that features homemade crab cakes, steak and eggs, and chicken scallopine. (205-933-6363)

6 Jackson's Bar & Bistro
Located in Homewood's SoHo development, this attractive eatery mixes traditional European with more global creations like crab rangoons. Casual and unpretentious, Jackson's has the eclectic quality found in the best big city neighborhood gathering spots, making it popular with Homewood's young and trendy set. Stop by yourself for a few drinks, a bite of wood-fired pizza, and friendly conversation. (205-870-9669)

5 Village Tavern
This Summit eatery is renowned for its excellent service, ambience, and extensive menu. The delicious selection of choices includes pasta, steaks, chicken and seafood entrees. Wonderfully prepared appetizers and desserts add zest to any meal. For light eaters, the salads and soups are excellent choices. You'll also find conservatively priced wine and drinks menus with a good selection of brews. (205-970-1640)

4 Little Savannah Restaurant and Bar
This sexy, redbrick number distinguishes itself by making sure each patron is treated like long-lost kin and privy to some of the most creative cookery in town. Indeed, Chef-owner Clif Holt emphasizes local ingredients (some of which he picks himself), a process he lovingly calls, "Knowing where your food comes from." In addition to the amazing New Southern fare, Little Savannah also spoils patrons at the bar, thanks to the 120+ bottle wine selection, specialty cocktails, and several fashionable microbrews. (205-591-1119)

3 Veranda on Highland
Artistically displayed dishes set the stage at this renovated home, where inside there are nine individually decorated dining rooms, exquisite stained glass windows, and a snazzy bar area named Papa's (in honor of Ernest Hemingway). Appetizers simply tantalize the palate, especially the homemade crawfish boudin. From there, the choices only get tougher: iron-seared scallops or Alaskan halibut seared in a pan, rib-eye with Creole smashed potatoes or smoked pork shoulder dusted with mustard? Fortunately, regulars assert there's no wrong answer. (205-939-5551)

2 Rojo
Latin and American tastes fuse at this cool neighborhood spot, where well-dressed locals gather to indulge in food, drink, and each other's company. The Latin menu features tasty morsels like blackened tilapia tacos and paella, and the American side leans toward cheese steaks, corn dogs and burgers. As to entertainment, at Rojo, there's always something fun going on — Tuesday night film screenings, Auburn and 'Bama viewing parties and live music — great drink specials like Thursday's $4.75 margaritas. (205-328-4733)

1 Silvertron Cafe
Not far from downtown on Clairmont Avenue, Silvertron Café has been a Forest Park fav for several years, thanks in large part to the awesome Sunday brunch. For starters, there are the from-scratch mimosas and Bloody Marys, both sure to kick off things in the right direction. The fare is limited to a handful of solid choices, headlined by Grillades & Eggs (steak with cajun hollandaise, scrambled eggs, and cheese grits) and Huevos Rancheros with black beans and homemade corn bread. (205-591-3707)

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Sol y Luna 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Latin, Mexican, Tex-Mex
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Parties / Private Rooms, Smoking (outdoor area), Take Out
Neighborhood: Lakeview District
COST: $
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Chez LuLu 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European
Dining Options: Live Music, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: ENGLISH VILLAGE
COST: $
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Klingler's European Bakery & Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Bakery, European, German
Dining Options: Catering
Neighborhood: VESTAVIA
COST: $
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Five Points Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining
Neighborhood: Five Points South
COST: $$
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Jackson's Bar & Bistro 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Eclectic, European
Neighborhood: Homewood
COST: $$
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Village Tavern 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: SUMMIT
COST: $$
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Little Savannah Restaurant and Bar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American, Southern
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge
Neighborhood: Forest Park
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Veranda on Highland 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American, Southern
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining
Neighborhood: SOUTHSIDE
COST: $$
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Rojo 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Latin
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Live Music
Neighborhood: HIGHLAND PARK
COST: $
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Silvertron Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Forest Park
COST: $
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