Where to Find Brunch 

—and some hair of the dog


Laurie Pearman


Day-drinking can be a slippery slope. It starts with a hollandaise-smothered pile of eggs and a screw-you-hangover mimosa. But then like cells, mimosas undergo mitosis and miraculously multiply. Soon, you're punctuating every sentence with "that's what your mom said" and concocting grand plans to commandeer a pontoon boat or go rooftop kite flying. If this is the kind of silly Sunday adventure you're seeking, here are a few spots to score some sweet sauce.

Quinn's (1005 S. Vista Ave., Boise) is perhaps the Vatican of boozing brunch dives. For every two meals off the breakfast menu on Sundays, you receive a free bottle of champagne. Though the term "champagne" should be interpreted loosely, what you're given is bubbly and alcoholic. But there is one stipulation: If you want a mimosa, you have to pay a hefty up-charge for a glass of OJ.

The Lift (4091 W. State St., Boise) is another good spot to lift your spirits with a sinfully cheap mimosa ($1) or bloody mary ($3). The State Street institution serves Sunday brunch items like ham benny, biscuits and gravy, and breakfast burritos from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The best part? The Lift has primo patio seating out back.

Though Red Feather Lounge (246 N. Eighth St., Boise) no longer serves bottomless mimosas, it has the next best thing: mimosa carafes for $6.50. There's nothing like topping off your glass periodically to create an illusion of alco-bundance. Add to that an innovative brunch menu starting at 8:30 a.m., which includes items like verde pizza with eggs over easy or oatmeal souffle, and you have a classy way to get trashed before Sunday morning cartoons are over.

If you're a devout Sunday drinker, Red Room (1519 W. Main St., Boise) will help you treat your liver to an alcohol baptism. The relocated rock 'n' roll hole in the wall recently introduced a $5 Sunday menu starting at noon—$5 breakfast burritos, $5 bloodys and $5 mimosas.

If you want to prolong your Sunday snacking and sipping routine, stop by Berryhill and Co. (121 N. Ninth St., Ste. 102, Boise) for a $14 brunch buffet from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The rotating grub lineup includes carved meats, specialty egg dishes and an array of desserts, which you can wash back with $3 mimosas. Or you can supersize the OJ and champs for $5 a half-liter or $10 a full-liter.

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