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7 Must-Try Brunch Spots in Albany, NY

Albany has so many great breakfast and brunch spots, whether you're looking for traditional scrambled eggs and hash browns, or maybe a boozy brunch with a Bloody Mary or mimosa. However you take your eggs - and whatever your ideal brunch experience is - Albany has it all! The next time you're looking to go out for brunch, consider one of these 7 must-try spots below.

Please Note: Hours and menus are subject to change. It's always safe to contact the restaurant ahead of time for details.

Feast on Fantastic Brunch Specials at Lost & Found

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Lost & Found Bar & Kitchen in Albany is a top patio dining spot and restaurant for good food, drinks, and company. Their menu features delicious dishes made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. On Sundays, you can look forward to an amazing brunch with various specials, such as breakfast burritos and crab cake benedict.

Raise a Glass to Weekend Brunch at Risotto

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Popularly known for their Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, Risotto in Albany hosts a Saturday and Sunday brunch each week from 11:00AM - 2:00PM. Take a look at the brunch specials, and if you're in the mood, order bottomless mimosas or a Bloody Mary with Risotto's secret house-made mix.

Try Creative & Delicious Options at the Iron Gate Cafe

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Vegetarians and veggie enthusiasts might want to try the Iron Gate Cafe for brunch, although they certainly have enough options to suit all palates. There's the Phoenix Rising (black bean sliders with poached eggs, avocado, and pepper jack hollandaise sauce), stuffed French toast, omelets, and a variety of salads and bowls.

Opt for a Sweet or Savory Brunch at Cafe Madison

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Cafe Madison on Madison Avenue in Albany truly has it all for brunch and breakfast. Their menu includes a number of appealing omelettes, "eggs and stuff," sweet treats, bread sides, and breakfast sides, so you can build the perfect meal. They also have options for specialty mimosas, Bloody Marys, and seasonal brunch cocktails. Or, opt for a succulent burger or delicious sandwich with brunch, as pictured above.

Bite Into Something Scrumptious at The Olde English Pub

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The perfect way to start a Sunday is by having someone else cook for you. Plan a trip to The Olde English Pub in Albany for a great selection of brunch food and drinks. They offer soup and salads, starters, classic brunch entrees, lunch items, handcrafted cocktails, and more.

Try The Innovative Options at Malcolm's

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For an upscale brunch experience, check out Malcolm's on Union Street in Downtown Schenectady. With unique twists on classic options like biscuits and gravy and eggs benedict, you can't go wrong with this innovative menu. As one user on Tripadvisor put it, Malcolm's may be the "best restaurant in the Capital Region."

Keep It Local With Regional Foods & Ingredients at Wellington's

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Editor's Note (12/30/21): Brunch at Wellington's remains temporarily unavailable, but breakfast and lunch are available. We will update the details below as info is announced.

Wellington's, located at the Renaissance Albany Hotel, has a strong focus on supporting area farmers and growers, so you can expect locally grown and produced ingredients in their meals. Because of this commitment to keeping it local, menu items and ingredients are subject to change based on the season and availability.

This restaurant even keeps it local in the names of several menu items, like the scrumptious Hudson Valley apple pancakes and the Capitol burger. Try their delectable brunch from 11am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

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