If California knows how to party, then the whole West coast knows how to brunch. Maybe it’s because the temperate climate makes it possible to dine on the patio year-round. Or maybe it’s the laidback, go-with-the-flow vibe that’s so suited to the brunch life. Whatever it is, the West coast knows how to do brunch, and we’re taking notes.
Possibly one of the trendiest breakfast foods today, avocado toast has taken the world by storm. San Francisco has been eating avocado toast since before it was cool—since 1885, to be exact. Dressed up or dressed down, avocado toast is easy to make, healthy, and visually stunning. Don’t be surprised if you catch your guests instagramming their toast at your next brunch.
Another Instagram-worthy breakfast dish, the smoothie bowl is ripe with opportunity for creativity. It’s no wonder health-conscious west coasters love loading their bowls with fresh fruit—most of our tropical fruits hail from that region. Next time you’re wondering what to serve for brunch, let guests get creative with a smoothie bowl bar.
Breakfast on the West coast is heavily influenced by Mexican cuisine. Savory, sometimes spicy flavors are a staple of classic West coast breakfast dishes. Think red and green peppers, jalepenos, poblano chiles, and green chili. Add eggs and cheese, and you’ve got a Southwestern-style breakfast you can serve scrambled, in a taco, in a burrito, or as an omelet. Try some of these classic recipes:
Curious how they do brunch in other parts of the U.S.? Check out these classic East coast brunch recipes.