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To find the best restaurant for brunch in every state, we took a deep dive into review sites, looking for spots that don’t just serve the best breakfast and lunchtime classics like burgers, but instead are eager to venture outside the box into more creative and innovative territory. Some go the extra mile to offer healthy, gluten-free and vegan-friendly options.

These restaurants pay just as much attention to their brunch menu as their dinner menu (if they’re open for dinner at all), and they serve it in a lively space with just the right amount of celebratory fanfare. If you live near any of these spectacular spots, set aside a leisurely Sunday afternoon and treat yourself.

The best brunch in every state

For many restaurants, brunch is both an obligation and an afterthought. Eggs are far from perfectly poached and drowned in lukewarm hollandaise, served with mediocre versions of your favorite cocktails and a side of apathy to diners who’ve spent far too long waiting for a table. Brunch isn’t the moneymaker that dinner is, so it’s no surprise that it often doesn’t receive the same culinary care and attention.

But brunch deserves more respect than that, and thankfully there are an increasing number of chefs demonstrating true skill and creative flair. Their restaurants join the ranks of venerable standbys that have been turning out perfectly cooked brunches for decades, attracting legions of devoted fans in the process. So, in honor of the only meal that successfully combines two meals, we tracked down the very best restaurant for brunch in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.