Wining & Dining
What is Brunch and Where to Find it
4/10/2014 12:44:27 PM


We mostly eat when we’re hungry, designing our meals around cycles: breakfast to "break” a "fast,” lunch because it’s the middle of the day and we need more energy and dinner as it’s been ages since lunch and no one enjoys sleeping on an empty stomach. How anomalous is "brunch?” It seems to deny us of our regular schedule by combining two meals—at least in theory. Brunches sometimes take on a reputation as a chance to gorge.

New York Times writer William Grimes once remarked that brunch is "weird…neither fish nor fowl nor herring;” Bobby Flay has said that if most chefs had their way they’d abolish brunch altogether, "they hate cooking it and they hate thinking about it.” One reason for this disdain of brunch is that brunch often carries the expectation of innovation. It’s not unusual to find oysters-on-the-half-shell paired with scones, baked beans and a Blood Mary, mimosa or any number of off-kilter cocktails. It’s also due to the traditional time of brunch. After a punishing Saturday night, most chefs are obviously unexcited about waking up four to five hours later and pouring their energy into a taxing and diverse meal. And, given its general popularity and the business of Sunday mornings as everyone piles out of Church or wakes up from a raucous Saturday evening, there’s almost always a guaranteed exceptionally long wait, raising the question: why does anyone deal with brunch at all?

It’s the only time you’re going to run into a meal that combines poached eggs with a fatty tuna steak smothered in an orange-based sauce. The man responsible for coining the term "brunch” in the first place—an English writer named Guy Beringer—proposed that "brunch” be exactly that: a social meal, one that was "cheerful … and inciting.” Hence his suggestion to include alcohol, and perhaps why his instructions on what to serve were ambiguous; few things spur conversation like food, and bizarre food doubly so.

Interested in taking part of the weird tradition that is brunch? Here are some options in Lake Charles:

- Luna’s (11 AM – 2 PM)

- Pujo Street Café (10 AM – 2 PM)

- Le Beaucoup Buffet at L’Auberge (11 AM – 3 PM)

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