(Early-)Afternoon Delights

Brunch—that all-important, but sometimes overlooked, time between morning and noon that can have one’s stomach gurgling for satisfaction. While late-risers are often tempted to scramble out into the wilds of San Antonio for warmed-over breakfast menus, take heart; there is a better way. Whether the motivation was a bit of well-deserved oversleeping or nicely planned strategy to try some new cuisine, here is a list of some of the area’s tastiest options.

This Mediterranean/American-infused hot spot boasts clean, modern furnishings and a varied and inviting brunch menu that tempts taste buds with morning spirits like the Duke (apple cider/fresh lime/bourbon) and Feast’s own spin on the classic mimosa (OJ/champagne/candied strawberries). However, the cuisine is what keeps patrons coming back, with unique coffee cakes, crepes and “livelier” morsels like the spicy Eggs in Hell and “Chili” Mac and Cheese. 1024 S. Alamo St., 210-354-1024, www.feastsa.com

Magnolia Pancake Haus
This San Antonio favorite started off as a word-of-mouth sensation back in 1998 and has been going strong ever since. With a focus on “down-home” goodness and fresh ingredients, the morning menu offers everything from smoked turkey and corned beef hash to bananas Foster or bacon-infused pancakes and jambalaya omelets. 606 Embassy Oaks, 210-496-0828, www.magnoliapancakehaus.com

La Fonda on Main
With a rustic, hacienda-style charm and inviting wait staff, this San Antonio landmark is the area’s “oldest” restaurant. The cuisine, however, is as fresh and lively as patrons have come to expect in the 2-1-0 area code. The distinctly Tex-Mex brunch menu treats regulars to items like poblano shrimp nachos and citrus-marinated ceviche, or oak-grilled fajitas and spinach omelets. The Sunday specials also rotate weekly, so dedicated diners can add a side of variety to their weekly visits. 2415 N. Main Ave., 210-733-0621, www.lafondaonmain.com

This three-decade-old bar and restaurant suggests a more casual take on fine dining and specializes in fresh local seafood and hand-cut steaks. The brunch menu is truly where it’s at, however, with selections like Texas Pot Roast and Sunday Surf and Turf or even creamed spinach, brie and artichoke omelets to help ease customers into their afternoon. The restaurant also advertises delicious, gluten-free menu choices and is located a convenient seven minutes from the airport for time-conscious visitors looking for a great meal on their way out of (or into) town. 5011 Broadway St., 210-828-9669, www.cappysrestaurant.com

Tost Bistro & Bar
This French-inspired bistro exudes warm colors and a welcoming atmosphere and is a perfect choice for those looking to take it easy with their late-morning consumption. Choices like eggs Benedict and Creole omelets dominate the menu, but it’s the Nutella-stuffed French Tost and Bacon Waffles with Fried Quail that will have customers crowing to their friends afterwards. Tost also hosts weekly events and parties for those looking to spread the joy to eager co-workers and acquaintances. 14415 Blanco Rd., 210-408-2670, www.tostbistro.com

Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden
Housed at the historic Pearl Brewery, this dazzling new dining spot entices guests with true “Hill Country Gourmet” and a strong focus on great wines. The attractive clientele and one-of-a-kind ambience would be enough to warrant a visit all by themselves. Thankfully, though, the food showcases itself, with upscale “nibbles” and small plates combining with more robust cuts of meat like rib eyes, snapper and even antelope. The unique brunch menu also adds traditional Irish breakfasts and open-faced egg sandwiches to the mix for a tantalizing, late-morning jump start. 312 Pearl Pkwy., Bldg. 3, 210-354-4644, www.boilerhousesa.com