The summer sun has returned to grace us with its golden light. This seasonal shift has brought back something else missing during the long overcast days of fall and winter: brunch. Here are a few spots that have recently begun opening midday on weekends for this often boozy meal.
In downtown Vancouver, Coral Club (106 E. Evergreen Blvd.; 360-989-5725) is adding a new breakfast lineup 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. Sweet treats include a tiki take on French toast called the Kasama Foster ($14) with two slices of Texas toast topped with caramelized Kasama rum, coconut and bananas. Savory dishes like Shishito Benedict ($12) doused in a shishito pepper Hollandaise sauce that can be enriched with kimchi ($2), kalua pig ($3), Spam ($3) or salmon ($5) round out the menu. The cocktail menu includes sparkling wine ($11); Bloody Caesar ($14) with vodka, house clamato mix, and pickled red chili juice; and the Jason Momosa ($13) with P.O.G. (passion fruit, orange and guava juice). Mocktails like a piña colada ($12) and rotating house punch ($12) flow from the dimly lit bar.
On Vancouver’s waterfront, Dos Alas (777 Waterfront Way; 360-768-5249) serves brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. The menu includes avocado toast with housemade guacamole ($14), roasted skirt steak and eggs ($30), and blue corn pancakes with apple and cherry agave compote ($19). For drinks, Dos Alas offers a tasting of three tequilas ($15) as well as a list of cocktails including the Rhianna-inspired SavageXFenty ($18) with lemon vodka, strawberry puree and lemon meringue foam.
In Camas, Midwest-style supper club Acorn & The Oak (3533 N.E. Everett St.; 360-210-7439) recently began brunch service from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends with hearty fare like a personal-sized vegetarian quiche finished with creme fraiche ($20), Cinnamon Roll French Toast ($16), and not-so-Midwestern shrimp and grits ($22). Drinks include the classic mimosa ($12) with a variety of juice options; a bloody mary ($14) with owner Chuck Stoltz’s special mix of blended fresh celery, tomato juice, horseradish and secret seasonings; and a French toast flip ($16) with vodka, butterscotch and vanilla liqueur, burnt brioche syrup, and toasted pecan bitters.
Elements (907 Main St.; 360-258-0989) in downtown Vancouver has paused brunch since January, but Chef Miguel Sosa plans on bringing it back soon.