The grand dame of waterfront restaurants in southern Rhode Island, the Bay Voyage has won every award offered for “best brunch.” With a quintessential water view of Newport Harbor, this is the perfect spot to linger for a while, especially on the deck in warm weather, in hopes of catching a glimpse of a tall ship or the America’s Cup trials. Holiday brunches such as Easter and Mother’s Day always sell out so it’s wise to make an early reservation. Every Sunday from 10am to 2pm, the brunch buffet features stations manned by chefs carving prime rib, turkey breast, ham, leg of lamb and pork loin with all the proper accompaniments. Beyond the typical breakfast fare, you’ll find fish du jour, chicken and pork creations, and platters of grilled vegetables, fresh fruit and imported cheeses. The chocolate-covered strawberries are in big demand at the dessert station, as are the bananas Foster and cannoli dipped in chocolate. All this and so much more for $32.95 per person.
Blues, Bloodies & Brunch takes place every Sunday from 1 to 4pm at the Narragansett Café, well known as one of the area’s top music venues. This is the place for you if you like to dance a bit while you wait for your food to arrive. Live blues, R&B and swing music fill the air along with the crackle and pop from a wood-burning stove. The bartenders make a variety of Bloody Marys, and the Mimosas are also worth your attention. The signature dish here is eggs benedict, done up in various ways – Florentine Benedict, Crab Benedict, and Lobster Benedict ($8.95 to $14.95). Omelets ($10.95) are done any way you want them, and where else can you get a Breakfast Pizza ($8.95)? Other brunch items are clam chowder, chili, salads, a blackened fish sandwich, burgers, chicken and steak sandwiches, crab cakes over mixed greens with pineapple mango salsa, and an awesome lobster roll ($4.95 to $14.95). But the important thing at the ‘Ganny is “keeping the music alive in Rhode Island.”