Sunday Brunch at Orno

The Celebrated Restaurant Does Brunch

The brainchild of Chef Niven Patel and the recipient of his Homestead farm’s freshest ingredients, Orno has been a popular dinner spot since it first opened at the Thesis Hotel. Now, it’s joining the Sunday brunch crowd. With a “New American” menu, Orno’s brunch includes staples like eggs, bacon, and avocado toast — but also features dishes like coconut yogurt, duck confit hash, and house-smoked bacon pizza. It’s a versatile menu, somewhere between breakfast (try the ricotta pancakes) and lunch (the grilled Wagyu burger).

Of course, no brunch could be complete without bottomless cocktails. Orno has all the classics: bottomless Bellinis and mimosas, Bloody Marys, sangria, etc. On top of that is a robust cocktail menu featuring fruit-in-fused refreshers like the 75 Apples drink, which comes with a thin green apple slice floating in a delectably sweet mix of vodka, St. Germaine, rosemary, and cava.

Sunday Brunch at Orno
75 Apples drink
 Chilaquiles - Sunday Brunch at Orno

Sneaking into the American brunch scene lately is the chilaquiles dish, a traditionally Mexican breakfast item that’s best described as “fancy nachos.” Chilaquiles is now found at several brunch spots around the Gables (Bachour has its own version, for example), but it’s a dish where Orno, flexing its farm-to-table status, shines. A garden-fresh sunny-side-up egg sits lordly over a mountainous terrain of tortilla chips, covered in salsa verde and garnished with queso fresco and small chunks of avocado. It’s slightly spicy and extremely appetizing – though best to eat with several napkins at hand. This is what Chef Niven Patel does best – locally-sourcedingredients with a bit of a kick.