“U need a biscuit,” reads a mural on the brick walls of Willa Jean, a hot spot for brunch in New Orleans. Travel + Leisure readers took that sign to heart this year, and found that yes, in fact, they needed a biscuit.
When asked to score their favorite cities for brunch, readers had a clear preference for the biscuit-loving South. With just a few northern outliers, the vast majority of winning cities are scattered across the southern edge of the United States.
In the annual America's Favorite Places survey, readers of all stripes evaluate hundreds of cities and towns across a range of categories, from the friendliness of the locals to the quality of the pizza. Unlike T+L's World's Best Awards, which encourage readers to weigh in on travel experiences across the globe, the America's Favorite Places survey is a way for locals to share what their hometowns do best.
The winners in this year’s brunch category are destinations that think of the weekend meal as a veritable tradition, warranting hours of time (and probably a biscuit or two). In these cities, French toast might come topped with ricotta, bananas, and candied pecans, or seafood may be served on a tower alongside bottomless mimosas.
Whether you’re recovering from Saturday at a Nashville bolthole or taking part in what can only be called New York City's mandatory day of rest, these are the best places in the country for a serious brunch affair.
Travel + Leisure’s America’s Favorite Places survey opened on 10/8/2015 and closed on 04/15/2016. It was open to everyone, and ran alongside a sweepstakes. The open-response survey asked respondents to submit their favorite place and rate it in over 65 categories, including affordability, notable restaurants, and public parks. Cities are defined as governed bodies with a population over 100,000.