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Rise and Dine – Where to Get Brunch in Erie, PA

Friday Apr 5th, 2024

Sunday Brunch: that incredible marriage of breakfast and lunch that allows you to indulge in both sweet and savory delights.  It’s not just a meal, brunch is a social event, weekend ritual, and culinary celebration all rolled into one delicious experience. Catch up with your friends and family and treat yourselves to a mid-morning feast at the below Erie area eateries.

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Julius, a traditional Mexican restaurant housed inside the historic Maennerchor building in Downtown Erie, prides itself on serving authentic world cuisine with an artful Mexican twist. Their prix fixe brunch menu highlights locally sourced ingredients from area markets, farms, and their own garden. Main course items are Pastel Azteca (tortilla and chicken casserole) and Huevos al Albanil (poached eggs in tomato sauce with tender cactus).
Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Calamari’s Squid Row brunch is a Sunday tradition for many before heading off to catch a Downtown Erie performance, game, or exhibit. Calamari’s has been serving traditional brunch favorites for years including thick slices of buttery French toast and generous portions of steak and eggs, breakfast melts, and pizzas. Custom 3-egg omelets are also on the menu for you to build your own creation.
Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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While the Lawrence Park Dinor doesn’t have a dedicated brunch menu, its extensive breakfast and lunch options make it easy to create your own brunch experience. Housed in a classic Silk City dining car, the Lawrence Park Dinor boasts a fun retro-style setting with vintage vibes and is the only Pennsylvania dinor listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since 1948, the dinor has been serving up traditional offerings including house-made sausage gravy over biscuits, fried bologna sandwiches, and a variety of breakfast sandwiches and omelet platters.
Breakfast is available Tuesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Mondays.

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At Oliver's Rooftop, you'll find a brunch menu that boasts tempting items such as an Oliver’s Omelet stuffed with meats, cheese and vegetables and the enormous half-pound brunch burger. What sets this restaurant apart are the spectacular rooftop vistas of Presque Isle State Park and Lake Erie. As you savor your meal, raise your glass to an artfully crafted cocktail and sit back, relax, and enjoy the stunning view.
Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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The Twisted Elk Brewery in beautiful Lake City, PA is a brewery and restaurant that is known for its smooth-tasting beers and palate-pleasing dishes. For Sunday brunch, the menu is creative as well as tasty. The benedict brunch elk burger is a crowd favorite topped with Swiss cheese, egg, and hollandaise sauce, served with a side of antler fries. Complement your meal with an expertly crafted signature beermosa made with Twisted Elks’ refreshing country blond ale.
Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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The Cork 1794 in the West Erie Plaza, features a brunch menu with a range of options from traditional favorites such as classic bacon and eggs and waffles to Mexican-inspired breakfast tacos and frittatas. There’s also a selection of items for “young corkers” to enjoy. Elevate your meal by adding a refreshing brunch cocktail or mimosa.
Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to traditional brunch favorites, 3-egg omelets, cinnamon rolls, soups, and sandwiches, at the Oasis Pub & Tiki Bar Sunday brunch, you can indulge in the Ultimate Bloody Mary - also known as "a meal in a glass". This hearty twist on a classic Sunday brunch cocktail comes with three skewers stacked with shrimp, bacon, a hard-boiled egg, cheese, and a Slim Jim.
Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

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The Skunk and Goat Tavern in the picturesque town of North East, PA, offers a fun and flavorful twist on a classic brunch experience, focusing on inspired dishes and creative cocktails. The Gibson is a hearty menu favorite guaranteed to fuel you up for the day, featuring two eggs cooked your way, country sausage, bacon, ham, breakfast potatoes with onions, and a side of toast.  Wash it down with one of four mimosa selections: traditional, strawberry, beermosa, or IPA mosa.
Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Firebirds Wood Fired Grill at the Millcreek Mall offers Erie Weekend Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Entrée selections are anything but traditional with items such as grilled salmon benedict, shrimp and grits, steak and egg bowls, bacon and egg brioche, and the enormous smothered tenderloin breakfast burrito. End brunch on a sweet note with a Peach Bellini brunch cocktail or an order of baked French toast with fresh berries.
Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At Butch’s Diner, you can have lunch for breakfast or breakfast for lunch! Butch’s is a beloved fixture of the North East, PA community featuring a cozy, nostalgic atmosphere and a menu filled with a wide assortment of homestyle comfort food. Their hearty breakfasts, classic diner-style burgers and sandwiches, “things with syrup” and “things with gravy” are guaranteed to satisfy any craving.  
Open daily Sunday through Wednesday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday to Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Experience Sunday brunch in a modern, casual-chic setting on the edge of Erie's beautiful Bayfront at the Bay House Oyster Bar & Restaurant. The menu is filled with classic and unique items, including decadent champagne lobster crepes and the Kobe meatball omelet. Their impressive brunch cocktail selection includes a PB&J martini, jalapeno agave spritzer, and a fresh berry mule.
Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Luminary Distilling, Eatery, Fuhrman's Cider is more than small-batch artisan distilling products, Fuhrman’s cider, and fresh baked goods. On Sunday their brunch menu has people lining up to try their latest creations. The breakfast pizza is a scrumptious choice, covered edge to edge with bacon, chorizo, a three-cheese blend, red pepper, onions, eggs, arugula, and a rich hollandaise drizzle. If that isn’t enough to fill you up, order one of Luminary’s signature loaded Bloody Marys, a kicked-up cocktail with cheese, olives, pickles, celery, and pepperoncini.  
Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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