November 15, 2023

Brunching Across America: Revealing the Top US Cities Madly in Love with Brunch!

Discover the US cities most obsessed with brunch in this data-driven study, featuring top brunch spots. Explore America's brunch capitals today!

Richard Gargan
Richard Gargan

Brunch, the delightful fusion of breakfast and lunch, has been steadily gaining popularity across the United States. This leisurely weekend meal, which often features a delightful mix of sweet and savory dishes, has become a social event as much as it is a dining experience. In this data-driven study, we dive into the world of brunch enthusiasts to discover which US cities are truly head over heels for this indulgent weekend treat. We've analyzed the number of brunch spots per person to uncover the top brunch-loving metropolises in America. Join us as we embark on a mouthwatering journey to find the nation's brunch capitals!

Brunch Breakdown

The Brunch Love Index playfully ranks 37 U.S. cities based on their dedication to everyone's favorite weekend meal. And the winner is...

drumroll.... San Jose, California!

This city comes out on top with a whopping 12.2 brunch places per 10,000 residents. Hot on San Jose's heels are Mesa, Arizona, with 9.9 and Fort Worth, Texas, with 8.9. California, Texas, and the Southwest dominate the top ten list, with Washington, D.C., and Boston, Massachusetts, being the only exceptions. On the flip side, El Paso, Texas, ranks last with a mere 1.0 brunch place per 10,000 people.

Big shoutout to Los Angeles (2,500), New York (2,200), and Chicago (1,100) for having the highest number of brunch places overall. Meanwhile, cities with the fewest brunch spots include Fresno (77), El Paso (71), and Memphis (94).

Top Cities & Their Brunch Spots Per Capita


Our scrumptious search for brunch-loving cities began by examining the 331 incorporated places in the United States, excluding U.S. territories, as of July 1, 2021, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. We then consulted the Yelp API to count the number of brunch spots in each location. To keep our study focused, we narrowed our list to cities with a population of 500,000 or more. The result? A mouthwatering map of America's brunch capitals, ripe for exploration!

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