Brunch Like a Local in Downtown Harrisonburg

Brunch in Downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia's first culinary district, transcends scrambled eggs and toast. Expect dishes with an ethnic twist, locally sourced cocktails packed with fruits and vegetables, and classic favorites that are elevated to new heights. The extensive options downtown will inspire you to go beyond just bacon and eggs! Get your brunch crew together and head downtown on Sunday. Here's just some of what you'll find:

Artful Dodger Coffee House & Cocktail Lounge

Brunch hours: Sunday, 8:30am - 10pm

Breakfast Taco // Credit: Artful Dodger

Breakfast Taco // Credit: Artful Dodger

Dubbed the "Dodger" by locals, this spot has been around for over 20 years. Many refer to it as "the living room of downtown" for its cozy and friendly atmosphere. During the day, it's a quaint coffee shop where you can also get small plates and cocktails. At night, it's a happening scene with $2 rails on Tuesdays, dance parties, and salsa dancing every Friday. The best part -- breakfast is served all day!

What to try: Their Breakfast Taco tucks homemade black bean salsa, chorizo, egg, and cheddar cheese into locally made tortillas that are topped with lime-infused sour cream and fresh cilantro. 
 

credit: Billy Jack's Website

credit: Billy Jack's Website

Billy Jack’s Wing and Draft Shack

Brunch hours: Saturday & Sunday,
10am - 2pm

You'll want to check your calorie counter at the door because the menu at Billy Jack's Wing and Draft Shack is packed with Southern goodness. Chicken is a staple here so it only makes sense that you'll find it on their brunch menu, too. Try their chicken and waffles and make plans to stop by on Thursdays when their famous Sticky Nuggs are only $3. Everything on their menu is house-made, from their Scotch Eggs, to their hollandaise and house gravy.

What to try: The breakfast nachos are packed with bacon, sausage, egg, and house-blended cheese served on kettle cooked chips before they're topped with more sausage and bacon gravy. And, of course, the chicken & waffles! A classic country fried chicken breast pairs perfectly with a house-made malt waffle, maple syrup, and hot sauce.
 

Bi Bim Bop // Credit: Clementine

Bi Bim Bop // Credit: Clementine

Clementine Café

Brunch hours: Sunday, 10am - 3pm

Clementine lives by their motto - food, art, and music.  When you walk in, your eye is immediately drawn to a beautifully painted mural that encompasses the entire back wall. Their brunch menu is just as beautiful. Whether you’re in the mood for Carnita bowls, French toast, or pancakes, Clementine can satisfy your brunch craving. In fact, their brunch menu is so special, it's only offered on Sundays. 

What to try: The Bi Bim Bop made with jasmine rice, two fried eggs, kimchi, pickled vegetables, arugula, chili gastrique, and a ginger-scallion dressing gives brunch a Korean flare.
 

Credit: Earth & Tea

Credit: Earth & Tea

Earth & Tea Café

Brunch hours: Sunday, 9am - 5pm

Want to start your Sunday morning off in a zen, Moroccan-inspired cafe? Look no further than Earth & Tea Café. Not only do they offer an extensive list of teas and coffees, they serve delicious brunch dishes that are the perfect accompaniment. You will leave Earth & Tea feeling full and relaxed; ready to take on the day!

What to try: The Monte Cristo is a delicious twist on the breakfast sandwich that's made with challah bread, ham, and cheese and served with mustard dipping sauce. You must also try their French Toast Nutella -- delicious French toast topped with Nutella, banana slices, and walnuts.
 

Cocktails // credit: brandy somers photography

Cocktails // credit: brandy somers photography

Food.Bar.Food

Brunch hours: Saturday, 11am - 2pm & Sunday, 10am - 2pm

At this popular restaurant, global comfort food means Asian chicken and waffles, brunch burritos, and shrimp and grits. Food.Bar.Food has an eclectic brunch menu that features dishes and ingredients from all types of cuisines. Even more impressive are the cocktails made from locally-sourced and unexpected ingredients. Some fan-favorites come from their extensive list of Bloody Marys that are choc-full of vegetables and spices. We won't judge if you have one as a meal. 

What to try: Their beloved shrimp & grits brunch bowl is made with cheddar grits, shrimp in lobster sauce, and two fried farm eggs. Or, spring for their veggie brunch bowl, made with cheddar grits, black bean chili,  two fried farm eggs, fresh pico, and a house-made biscuit.
 

Chorizo Burrito // Credit: The Golden Pony

Chorizo Burrito // Credit: The Golden Pony

The Golden Pony

Brunch hours: Saturday & Sunday, 9am - 2pm

Saddle up for some mouth-watering brunch at The Golden Pony! This restaurant-music venue-art gallery is a cultural hub for downtown Harrisonburg. The brunch menu includes tofu options, chicken tacos, waffles, and everything in between. Missed brunch? Swing by for a late night breakfast on Fridays and Saturdays from midnight to 4am. Bring your kids. There's a special kids menu and they'll love the pinball machines. 

What to try: The Chorizo Burrito is scrumptious! It's filled with house-made chorizo, eggs, beans rice, and cheese with cilantro & sour cream.
 

Buttermilk Biscuits // Credit: Jimmy Madison's

Buttermilk Biscuits // Credit: Jimmy Madison's

Jimmy Madison’s Southern Kitchen
& Whiskey Bar

Brunch hours: Sunday 10am - 2:30pm

The whiskey cocktails alone are worth a visit! Jimmy Madison's brunch menu changes weekly giving diners a reason to keep coming back. There are typically has eight to 10 items to choose from, including a variety of omelets, biscuits and gravy, and options just for kids. In addition to brunch, they host live entertainment every Sunday featuring local blues and jazz artists from 11:30am - 2pm.

What to try: Their Southern Bennedict is mouth-watering with buttermilk biscuits, fried green tomato, poached egg, braised collard greens, and hollandaise. Don't leave without trying the brussel sprouts.
 

Huevos Rancheros con Cordero // credit: joshua Wilton House

Huevos Rancheros con Cordero // credit: joshua Wilton House

The Joshua Wilton House

Brunch hours: Sunday, 11am - 2pm

The Joshua Wilton House, known for fine dining, is new to the brunch scene. Now on Sundays, they offer a brunch menu complete with pastries, eggs benedict, brioche french toast and salmon gravlax. In addition to brunch plates, they also offer soups and salads that are pleasing to both your eyes and stomach. 

What to try: Huevos Rancheros con Cordero served with local lamb, peppers, onions, black beans, tomatoes, cilantro, sunny side up eggs, chevre, and avocado on a tortilla. 
 

Credit: Brandy Somers Photography

Credit: Brandy Somers Photography

The Little Grill Collective

Brunch hours: Sunday, 8am - 3pm

On weekends, residents flock to The Little Grill for one of the best brunches in the city! There is often a line down the sidewalk and a wait to get into this institution, but the food is more than worth it. Voted 'best brunch spot' in The Breeze's Best of the Burg poll, Little Grill's menu emphasizes vegetarian and vegan options. They are famous for their made-from-scratch pancakes and their seemingly limitless flavors and toppings.

What to try: Beth's Favorite is a scrumptious egg dish made with a local cheesy egg scrambled with seasonal vegetables. Another must-try is the Breakfast Burrito, made with local cheesy eggs, smokey black beans, and cilantro lime rice all wrapped in a tortilla topped with homemade picante or seasonal salsa.   
 

Credit: HDR Photo Archives

Credit: HDR Photo Archives

L&S Diner

Brunch hours: Monday - Friday, 5:30am -
1:30 pm, Saturday, 7am - 12:30pm

Looking for a traditional, all-American, diner experience? L&S is one of the oldest restaurants in Harrisonburg. Its train car design is an icon and locals come here for the old-school diner atmosphere and food. Find a seat at the counter and choose from classics like omelets, breakfast sandwiches, and eggs and bacon. Want to stay for lunch? L&S has all of your diner favorites like Reubens, tuna melts, and classic cheeseburgers. 

What to try: The pan-fried chicken has been on the menu since 1947. The garbage omelet is a favorite, too.
 

Doughnuts // Credit: Pure Eats Harrisonburg

Doughnuts // Credit: Pure Eats Harrisonburg

Pure Eats

Brunch hours: Saturday, 8am - 8 pm & Sunday,
9 am - 8pm

Located in the Ice House, Pure Eats is a known for their doughnuts, burgers, and beer. Their doughnut flavors change daily, but you'll always find the classic cinnamon sugar. Pure Eats prides themselves on infusing the essence of Harrisonburg into their menu and sourcing as much of their food as possible from the Harrisonburg Farmers Market and nearby farms. They just rolled out a new breakfast menu complete with burritos and stacks of flapjacks. 

What to try: The Pale Fire French toast adds a little heat. It comes with three slices of homemade Cajun french toast and beer syrup from the Pale Fire Brewing Company next door.


On The Lighter Side

Not feeling like eating a full-on brunch? Downtown has a variety of coffee shops that serve delicious pastries, teas, and coffee concoctions perfect for anyone who wants a quick morning pick-me-up. 

Black Sheep Coffee
Court Square Coffee
Heritage Bakery & Café 
Shenandoah Joe’s

Once your belly is happy, spend your afternoon shopping as participating retailers are open on Sunday afternoons from Noon to 4pm. 


Written by Promotions and Social Media Intern Amy D'Amato, a student at James Madison University studying Communications and Spanish.