featured-food-and-winefood and wineIssue 27

Let’s Do Brunch!

Spring is here! Birds are singing, flowers are blooming, and it’s the perfect time to welcome the season by enjoying a tasty weekend brunch with friends. Check out the following local hotspots for a special brunch this weekend.

431 12th St., Modesto

“Springtime diners can enjoy patio seating, an upgraded buffet deal and special brunch cocktails at Surla’s brunch,” noted John Surla, executive chef and proprietor. Surla’s brunch is served on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes an omelet station, carving station, crepe station, hot buffet, salad buffet, and dessert station. The restaurant also offers special brunch deals on Easter, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day. More specials and updates are available on the restaurant’s website and Surla’s Fan Page.


1022 11th St., Modesto

“Commonwealth brunch is our version of fun, delicious food that complements a great beer or mimosa,” said Blake Humble, co-owner. The restaurant is open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with popular dishes that include the Monte Cristo, eggs Benedict, and corned beef hash, as well as the waffle madame that was featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Special menus for holidays are posted on Commonwealth’s website and Facebook page. “Springtime brunch at Commonwealth means great food, fresh air—roll-up window open—and a great selection of beer,” added Humble. “We believe our brunch is priced at a great value for 100 percent house-made products and Commonwealth-sized portions!”


7948 Yosemite Blvd., Modesto

“The Fruit Yard’s Sunday brunch buffet is served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,” said Chad Smith, a manager at the Fruit Yard. “It’s a great destination in the springtime and all year around, with seating in the buffet room, in the lounge with a cozy fireplace, and on the patio with a fire pit. Televisions are also available throughout each room for sports fans.” Fruit Yard’s buffet includes Dungeness crab, prime rib, shrimp, a salad bar, and a dessert bar with a chocolate fountain. Sunday brunch also features an omelet bar, French toast, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, and complimentary apple cider, with mimosas and champagne for $1 a glass or $5 for a half carafe. Visit Facebook, Instagram, and the restaurant’s website for specials, hours, and updates.


139 W. Main St., Turlock

Memo’s serves brunch on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with selections that include crepes, French toast, pancakes, breakfast burritos, chilaquiles, and huevos rancheros. The establishment also offers special brunch deals on bottomless mimosas, fresh sangrias, Bloody Marys and fresh orange juice. “Brunch is a time to enjoy fresh food and great drinks with friends and family,” reflected Karina Ramirez, who owns the restaurant with her husband Guillermo. “It’s also a great time to try something different—and we are constantly coming up with new dishes and posting them on Instagram and Facebook.”

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