4 Globally-Inspired Brunch Spots in Orange County

Global destinations launch the repast outdoors.
Photograph courtesy of Cafe Sevilla

Spanish-inflected brunch classics at striking Cafe Sevilla include eggs Benedict with jamón Serrano crisp and saffron hollandaise on Kalamata olive loaf. There’s also breakfast paella with a variety of meats and fried eggs on saffron bomba rice. Tapas brunches exist, too. Start with a pear cava sangria or mezcal muddled Mary. Kick-start with brunch shots such as the Latin Lollipop. 1870 HARBOR BLVD., COSTA MESA, 949-688-1555

You won’t find the Mexican weekend mainstay menudo at El Mercado Modern Cuisine’s Sunday brunch. Instead you can dive into huevos ahogados, “drowned eggs” atop estofado broth; an elaborate tlayuda with Oaxaca cheese, black bean spread, pea puree, and skirt steak; and distinctive French toast with sweet custard, goat-milk sauce, and hibiscus syrup. Toast the day with a pretty En las Nubes cocktail with Oaxacan rum and creme de violette. 301 N. SPURGEON ST., SANTA ANA, 714-338-2446

Nêp Cafe & Brunch, whose name means “routine” in Vietnamese, serves brunch daily. But the menu at Gem Dining’s new tented spinoff is anything but routine. Consider the Dao, with potato espuma, sous vide egg, and truffle oil; lump-crab or uni toast with soft scrambled eggs; and banh mi chao—pork jowl and eggs with pâté, wrapped sausage, creamy cheese, and spicy mala sauce. Sweet wake-me-ups include cheese-foam milk coffee. 10836 WARNER AVE., FOUNTAIN VALLEY, 714-516-8121

In the spirit of its Ultimate Pasta Insanity series, modern Italian eatery Bello by Sandro Nardone unveils monthly pop-up brunches. For the inaugural event last month, new chef de cuisine Zach Scherer—who until recently oversaw the Country Club and its nearby siblings—offered dishes such as poached egg with Parmigiano-Reggiano foam, black truffle, and hazelnut, and Sandro’s Breakfast, a prosciutto croissant presented with uni “cappuccino.” 1200 BISON AVE., NEWPORT BEACH, 949-520-7191

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