Crown Room, San Diego

Brunch has come a long way in America, thanks to its versatility. In fact, it has arguably knocked breakfast out of its spot as the most important meal of the day. Brunch can be as sweet as silver dollar pancakes and as savory as a rack of ribs—and many restaurants are finding creative and delicious ways to combine these flavors to deliver a hearty meal that packs a punch. If you’re looking to wow attendees, what better way to start than by tossing the continental breakfast? Did we mention brunch makes 11 a.m. cocktails acceptable?

Bouchon Las Vegas

Las Vegas is the land of overindulgence, and brunch in Sin City is no different. At Bouchin at The Venetian, feast upon Poulet et des Gaufres: roasted chicken with a bacon-chive waffle, maple syrup, Tahitian vanilla bean butter and sauce Chasseur. The Croque Madame is a toasted ham and cheese on brioche with a fried egg and sauce Mornay.

Poor Calvin’s Atlanta

Known for its locally grown veggies and free-range proteins, Poor Calvin’s serves up an eclectic mix that includes buttermilk-fried chicken on a sweet potato waffle served with whipped mascarpone cheese and fresh fruit. A new spin on eggs Benedict includes jumbo lump crab cake, kale mashed potato and hollandaise. Mango frozen margaritas and sangria are among the breakfast cocktails.

Oxford Exchange, Tampa, Florida

For a healthier take on brunch, Oxford Exchange serves a hearty egg-white scramble with black quinoa, kale, roasted tomato, goat cheese and green onion; or try the chicken burger with avocado, jalapeno, tomato, feta and cumin aioli. A classic bloody mary is served with Grey Goose vodka and a caprese skewer.

Crown Room, San Diego

Brunch like a king at the Crown Room at Hotel Del Coronado, where the buffet options will make you rethink what qualifies as brunch food. Take, for instance, the rosemary leg of lamb, chicken stew with buttermilk drop biscuits and cornbread, and salt-crusted prime rib served with truffle demi. For dessert, design your own doughnut at the doughnut bar.

CompereLapin, New Orleans

Carb up with the first meal of the day at Compere Lapin, found within Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery. Small plates include ever-trendy avocado toast served with radishes and Fresno chilis. The coconut French toast is served alongside pecan rum sauce. Wash it down with an iced coffee.