Longing for a morning Mimosa with Eggs Benedict? Like everything else in this emerging foodie hotspot, brunch takes on something special in eclectic Santa Ana. Here’s our top nine brunch hot spots in OC’s second-oldest city:
9. La Petite Sourie | $ | French, Café | Yelp Score: 4.5/5
La Petite Sourie is an intimate eatery with the feel of a real French café. The must-try here is – what else? – the French Toast Baguette offering a perfect crunchy-chewy balance with none of that annoying sogginess common with other French Toasts. If you’re especially hungry, order it La Petite Sourie-style which includes hash browns, bacon, scrambled eggs and fresh fruit. Breakfast is served from 7:00AM to 11:00AM weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.
Address: 2801 W MacArthur Blvd, Suite A
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 6:30AM to 7:00PM | Sunday: 7:30AM to 6:00PM
8. Euro Caffé | $ | European, Crêperie | Yelp Score: 4/5
Situated across from South Coast Plaza, Euro Caffé is a European-style spot serving some of Orange County’s best crêpes and paninis. Try the Alexander the Crêpe stuffed with grilled chicken, smoked bacon, spinach, melted Swiss and topped with a secret sweet and spicy sauce. Add a Lavender Latte for extra sweetness or go for broke with the Greek Goddess Crêpe with Nutella, strawberries, bananas and honey. And with Euro Caffe’s all-day menu, you can brunch it all day, every day.
Address: 3950 S Bristol Street
Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00AM to 10:00PM | Saturday/Sunday: 8:00AM to 10:00PM
7. Pop’s Café | $ | American, Diner | Yelp Score: 4/5
Pop’s Café is a retro diner that looks like a movie set – which is appropriate since it’s across from the OC School of the Arts and frequented by high school theater majors-in-training. Everyone who brunches here recommends something different, but all agree on one thing: the French Toast. It can be ordered grilled or deep fried, and both are equally tasty. Pair either an order of the Irish potatoes and you’ll be full until dinner. Pop’s Café serves brunch all day, every day.
Menu: Check out their menu on Yelp!
Address: 112 E 9th Street
Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00AM to 2:30PM | Saturday/Sunday: 7:00AM to 1:30PM
6. Blackmarket Bakery | $ | Southern, Bakery | Yelp Score: 4.5/5
NYC transplants can satisfy their caffeine and Big Apple cravings at this East Coast-style coffeehouse in the Artist’s Village. From the sandwiches to the pastries and the coffee to the tea, there isn’t anything we can’t recommend. The Farmhouse Eggywich is the fan-favorite of the moment, swap out the brioche bun for a croissant and enjoy a SoHo-worthy fusion of flavors and textures. Our mouths water just thinking about it. Breakfast all day, every day.
Address: 211 N Broadway
Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00AM to 4:00PM | Saturday: 8:00AM to 4:00PM | Sunday: 8:00AM to 3:00PM
5. Crave Restaurant | $$ | American, Café | Yelp Score: 4.5/5
Crave is a lunch favorite of judges, lawyers and jurors working cases in the neighborhood. Fortunately it’s much less crowded in the morning. It’s probably not surprising that we recommend the Crème Brulèe French Toast, but so does everyone else on Yelp. Or, try The Works, an egg sandwich with your choice of smoked ham, roasted turkey or bacon mixed with cheddar cheese, spinach, mushrooms, onions, roasted peppers and tomatoes on house-baked sourdough, bagel or croissant. And yes, all of that does fit in a sandwich. Order brunch (and the Mimosas) all day Monday through Saturday.
Address: 410 W 4th Street
Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:30AM to 8:00PM | Saturday: 8:00AM to 4:00PM | Sunday: Closed
4. El Mercado Modern Cuisine | $$ | Mexican, Bar | Yelp Score: 4.5/5
If someone says Mexican food doesn’t make for a great brunch, send them here. We have two recos: Huevos Ahogados with poached eggs, estofado broth, roasted potatoes and rustic toast; and the Open Face Pambazo with chorizo-spiced pork, guajillas salsa-soaked bread, bean puree, crispy potatoes, jocoque and queso fresco. We never turn down chorizo and queso, especially at breakfast. Brunch is served on Sundays only.
Address: 301 N Spurgeon Street
Hours: Monday: Closed | Tuesday – Thursday: 5:00PM to 10:00PM | Friday/Saturday: 5:00PM to 12:00AM | Sunday Brunch: 10:00AM to 3:00PM
3. The Sandwich Society | $ | Sandwiches | Yelp Score: 4.5/5
The Sandwich Society has a mission to “offer shelter to those seeking extraordinary food” – and we think it succeeds nicely. We gravitate toward the Bubble Breakfast with egg, bacon, American cheese, choice of sausage or ham and syrup on a waffle sandwich. Crispy on the outside, the waffle bread offers a chewy, indulgent inside that can take mornings to the next level. But don’t just take our word for it. Brunch-worthy sandwiches are served until 11:00AM Monday through Saturday.
Address: 2031 E First Street, Suite A3
Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00AM to 4:00PM | Saturday: 8:00AM to 3:00PM | Sunday: Closed
2. Fleenor’s on 4th | $$ | American (Traditional) | Yelp Score: 5/5
A cozy, comfort food restaurant at 4th and Birch, Fleenor’s combines a classic brunch menu with all-day indulgences like Deviled Eggs, Fried Chicken with Country Sausage Gravy and Poke on Crispy Rice. The Smoked Salmon Pizza is the current Yelp favorite and pairs surprisingly well with a Mimosa. Fleenor’s serves brunch on weekends only.
Address: 400 W 4th Street
Hours: Monday: Closed | Tuesday – Thursday: 11:00AM to 10:00PM | Friday/Saturday: 11:00AM to 1:00AM | Sunday: 11:00AM to 10:00PM
1. Mix Mix Kitchen Bar | $$ | French, Italian, Filipino | Yelp Score: 4.5/5
If you try just one place for brunch in Santa Ana, make it Mix Mix Kitchen Bar. This unassuming corner eatery packs a powerful morning punch if only on Sundays. The menu changes often, but you can always find the bottomless Mimosas, Chorizo and Potato Croquettes and decadent Salmon Benedict featuring fresh salmon on brioche toast topped with a fried egg and Hollandaise sauce. Save room for the Tropical Verrine, a treat made with lychee, passion fruit, coconut and macadamia nuts. Dessert at brunch? Absolutely. Brunch is served on Sundays only.
Address: 300 N Main Street
Hours: Monday: Closed | Tuesday – Thursday: 5:00PM to 10:00PM | Friday/Saturday: 5:00PM to 11:00PM | Sunday: 11:00AM to 3:00PM