Decadent dishes. Cocktails. Coffee.

That’s what brunch is all about.

In Baton Rouge and Lafayette, there are a plethora of places serving up that Sunday (and sometimes Saturday) midday greatness.

For some, the brunch service is challenging.

“People take their egg preparation personally,” says Caliente Mexican Craving chef and owner Jessica Barraza.

Beausoleil co-owner Jeff Conaway calls brunch his favorite service of the week.

The following listing shows you just where you can get brunch in the Capital City and the Acadiana region. It is presented in no particular order.

In Baton Rouge

Portobello’s Grill

WHERE: 7622 Old Hammond Highway; (225) 923-3222

15440 George O’Neal Road; (225) 756-2220

25420 La 1, Plaquemine; (225) 238-2316

BRUNCH HOURS: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday (except for the Plaquemine location which offers brunch only on Sunday)

WHAT YOU’RE HAVING: The twin filets Benedict features two three-ounce filet tenderloins grilled and placed on grilled Ciabatta, topped with a Merlot and mushroom demiglace. It’s served with two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.

ATMOSPHERE: Jazz music in the background. Bottomless mimosas. Separate bar areas for the football fans.

INFO: portobellos.net. Reservations are not accepted.

Mason’s Grill

WHERE: 13556 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge

BRUNCH HOURS: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

WHAT YOU’RE HAVING: The breakfast burger has a four-ounce sausage patty, American cheese, two fried eggs, and bacon and comes fully dressed. While you’re at, have a Bloody Mason, the restaurant’s take on the Bloody Mary.

ATMOSPHERE: Owner Mike Alfandre calls this restaurant “the place to be seen on a Sunday.” No reservations, but diners can call 30 minutes before they plan to arrive to get on the list. Take advantage of this or your wait could be as long as an hour and a half.

INFO: masonsgrill.com; (225) 756-8815

Galatoire’s Bistro

WHERE: 3535 Perkins Road, Suite 400

BRUNCH HOURS: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

WHAT YOU’RE HAVING: The braised pork debris, which features pork shoulder made into a hash with potatoes and peppers, served on two biscuits and topped with two fried eggs. To drink, try the Stratosphere — Galatoire’s Brut sparkling wine with Crème Yvette liqueur and a lemon twist.

ATMOSPHERE: Upbeat and laid back, there’s no dress code. The restaurant also features live music on the patio on Sundays.

INFO: galatoiresbistro.com; (225) 753-4864. Reservations accepted.

Bistro Byronz

WHERE: 5412 Government St.; 8200 Village Plaza Court

BRUNCH HOURS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

WHAT YOU’RE HAVING: Try the shrimp and grits or the popular mix and match, where you can get half an order of, say, eggs Benedict and pain perdu. Both pair well with the restaurant’s Bloody Marys or frozen mimosas.

ATMOSPHERE: The restaurant’s CEO Emelie Alton says brunch continues to grow, thanks to the demand in the Capital City. You’ll find a mix of the restaurant’s usual customer base as well as families and groups stopping by after church.

INFO: bistrobyronz.com, (225) 218-1433. Reservations accepted.

City Pork Brasserie & Bar and City Pork Deli & Charcuterie

WHERE: 7327 Jefferson Highway, (225) 615-8880; The deli is located at 2363 Hollydale Ave., (225) 300-4550.

BRUNCH HOURS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

WHAT YOU’RE HAVING: Pork debris poutine — classic house cut fries, covered with melted smoked white cheddar and topped with mixed peppers, pulled pork and giblet gravy. Brasserie manager Stephen Juneau says some customers elect to top the dish with an egg “in the name of breakfast.” To drink, try the spicy and hearty bacon Bloody Mary.

ATMOSPHERE: Comfortable and casual, Juneau says it’s a mix between a “classic and party feel.”

INFO: cityporkdeli.com. Reservations accepted.

Mansurs On The Boulevard

WHERE: 5720 Corporate Blvd. #A

BRUNCH HOURS: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

WHAT YOU’RE HAVING: One of the more popular items is the Eggs Royale — English muffins topped with filet mignon, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce.

ATMOSPHERE: Live jazz piano in the main dining room while football plays on TVs in the bar.

INFO: mansursontheboulevard.com; (225) 923-3366. Reservations are recommended.

Table Kitchen & Bar

WHERE: 4205 Perkins Road

BRUNCH HOURS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

WHAT YOU’RE HAVING: The Big Breakfast features eggs, grits, fries, a biscuit, bacon and sausage.

ATMOSPHERE: Casual with a laid back, country feel, this restaurant specializes in farm-to-table dishes. General manager Dane Barbera says Table uses as much Louisiana produce as possible. “We never serve anything that’s not in season,” Barbera says.

INFO: tablekitchenandbar.com; (225) 239-7799

Beausoleil Restaurant and Bar

WHERE: 7731 Jefferson Highway

BRUNCH HOURS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

WHAT YOU’RE HAVING: You could go small with plates like the truffle fried oysters and a blackberry bourbon lemonade. Or you could go bigger and opt for the Creole shrimp omelette or crab cakes and a Beau-mosa, a 16-ounce mimosa.

ATMOSPHERE: Co-owner Jeff Conaway says the vibe is “easy like a Sunday morning.” Kirk Holder provides acoustic sounds, and children are welcome. The restaurant just celebrated its fifth anniversary for brunch service.

INFO: beausoleilrestaurantandbar.com.; (225) 926-1172. Reservations accepted.

The Chimes and The Chimes East

WHERE: 3357 Highland Road, (225) 383-1754; The Chimes East is located at 10870 Coursey Blvd., (225) 296-4981

BRUNCH HOURS: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday; a limited brunch menu is offered on Saturdays at the Highland Road location

WHAT YOU’RE HAVING: The boudin omelette is filled with the savory south Louisiana treat and topped with country white gravy and served with cheese grits and a biscuit.

ATMOSPHERE: Busy, busy at both locations — The Chimes is known for its mix of traditional Louisiana-style food and casual atmosphere, perfect for college students and long-time residents.

INFO: thechimes.com

Canefield Tavern

WHERE: 5251 Nicholson Drive

BRUNCH HOURS: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

WHAT YOU’RE HAVING: The eggs Louie features baby spinach, fried shrimp, grilled French bread and poached eggs with a hollandaise sauce.

ATMOSPHERE: Family-friendly and not pretentious, co-owner David Smith says the atmosphere is nice and casual. This restaurant has been open for a little more than a month and features breakfast daily. Customers can enjoy a build-your-own omelette station, coffee and espresso bar, and build-your-own Bloody Marys.

INFO: canefieldtavern.com; (225) 367-6150

Olive or Twist

WHERE: 7248 Perkins Road

BRUNCH HOURS: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

WHAT YOU’RE HAVING: Eggs Boudreaux, the bar’s twist on eggs Benedict, uses biscuits instead of English muffins, and andouille sausage and fried eggs, topped with a spice Cajun cream sauce. To drink, try a Mimosarita, a champagne margarita.

ATMOSPHERE: The Baton Rouge bar started serving brunch about a year ago. Like its nighttime service, patrons can expect a casual, lively and fun setting without the typical restaurant seating. Guests can instead sit at the bar or in cozy chairs or sofas.

INFO: oliveortwistbr.com; (225) 456-2188

Parrain’s Seafood Restaurant

WHERE: 3225 Perkins Road

BRUNCH HOURS: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday

WHAT YOU’RE HAVING: You can’t go wrong with the shrimp and grits, which comes with a fried tasso grit cake. However, if boudin is more your style, the boudin omelette with country gravy might just be the ticket.

ATMOSPHERE: This popular Baton Rouge restaurant excels in a family-casual setting and is known for its wide range of seafood dishes.

INFO: parrains.com; (225) 381-9922. Reservations are not accepted.

Velvet Cactus

WHERE: 7655 Old Hammond Highway

BRUNCH HOURS: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

WHAT YOU’RE HAVING: The Mexican scramble comes with scrambled eggs, chorizo, and pepper jack cheese and is served with tortillas, potatoes and chipotle cheese grits. Manager Jeremy Levatino recommends the cucumber jalapeño margarita.

ATMOSPHERE: A fun-for-the-entire-family type of environment, the restaurant’s walls are covered with local artists’ works, and the entire building opens to the outside.

INFO: thevelvetcactus.com; (225) 227-2563. Reservations are not accepted.

The Londoner

WHERE: 4215 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd.

BRUNCH HOURS: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

WHAT YOU’RE HAVING: The Londoner Benedict comes with two poached eggs, served atop a biscuit with English bangers, bacon gravy and hashbrowns or grits.

ATMOSPHERE: Like some hangout from a Guy Ritchie film, this restaurant will even open a little earlier if a big soccer match is on the tele.

INFO: londonerbr.com; (225) 292-9291. Reservations accepted.

Caliente Mexican Craving

WHERE: 1072 W. Lee Drive

BRUNCH HOURS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

WHAT YOU’RE HAVING: Steak and eggs, served with grilled onions, salsa verde and tortillas.

ATMOSPHERE: This restaurant has a relaxed crowd that comes in a bit later after a big night out at an LSU game or just a general church service, owner Jessica Barraza says.

INFO: calientemexicancraving.com; (225) 388-5861. Reservations accepted.

In Lafayette

The French Press

WHERE: 214 E. Vermilion St.

BRUNCH HOURS: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

WHAT YOU’RE HAVING: The Cajun Benedict is toasted French bread, topped with seared boudin, cheese, two poached eggs, and chicken and andouille sausage gumbo. Manager George King says the dish “is quite a test. It’s really rich and decadent, and you feel like you need a nap afterwards.” On the drink side, try an iced coffee cocktail, which has a little bourbon, Bailey’s and Frangelico liquor.

ATMOSPHERE: A casual restaurant in downtown Lafayette, the French Press is located in the old Tribune printing press building. It feels like New Orleans, with conversation going here, there and everywhere as you dive into a beautifully heavy dish.

INFO: thefrenchpresslafayette.com; (337) 233-9449

Bread and Circus Provisions

WHERE: 258 Bendel Road

BRUNCH HOURS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

WHAT YOU’RE HAVING: The secret brunch-shift hangover cure comes with braised and shredded beef short ribs, stacked on toast, with white gravy, grits and a poached egg. They also have bounuts, which are boudin-stuffed doughnuts. In the words of Ween, “take me away.”

ATMOSPHERE: A small little market and café right on the edge of Pinhook, chef Manny Augello is offering up seriously playful food.

INFO: bandcprovisions.com; (337) 408-3930

Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro

WHERE: 507 W. Pinhook Road

BRUNCH HOURS: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

WHAT YOU’RE HAVING: Zapp’s Crawtator-crusted drum, which has the popular potato chip as a crust for the fish, and comes topped with a crawfish cream sauce. On Saturday, the restaurant serves complimentary beignets.

ATMOSPHERE: The fine-dining restaurant on Pinhook gets more casual for this weekly affair. You can enjoy zydeco sounds while eat, too.

INFO: jolieslouisianabistro.com; (337) 706-8544. Reservations accepted, but not required.

Blue Dog Cafe

WHERE: 1211 W. Pinhook Road

BRUNCH HOURS: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday

WHAT YOU’RE HAVING: A little bit of everything. The Sunday brunch buffet offers crab cakes Benedict, smoked Gouda grits, and made-to-order omelettes. Oh, and mimosas are free with a brunch purchase.

ATMOSPHERE: A regional favorite, this restaurant has loads of George Rodrigue paintings lining the walls. While you eat, you can enjoy Cajun, Creole, zydeco or swamp pop sounds.

INFO: bluedogcafe.com; (337) 237-0005. Reservations are accepted for the 10:30 a.m. seating only.

Dark Roux

WHERE: 3524 Kaliste Saloom Road, #101

BRUNCH HOURS: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

WHAT YOU’RE HAVING: Sure, you could go the fresh-baked pastry and beignet route. Or you could get chicken biscuits, which features two pieces of fried chicken, a light gravy, honey and two sunny side up eggs.

ATMOSPHERE: A small, intimate restaurant that seats almost 40 people inside and outside, the menu changes with the seasons, and the food is locally-sourced, said chef/owner Ryan Trahan. ?We don’t buy it unless we can get it within 150 miles from here, and there’s nothing frozen or premade,” he said.

INFO: darkrouxla.com; (337) 504-2346

Brick and Spoon

WHERE: 1895 Pinhook Road

BRUNCH HOURS: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. daily

WHAT YOU’RE HAVING: The breakfast tacos are filled with chorizo and scrambled eggs, lettuce, mango salsa and cheddar jack cheese. The shell? It’s a freshly-fried wonton shell, shaped like a taco.

ATMOSPHERE: A fun and fresh vibe, according to chef English Nassif, expect contemporary music in the background and a specialty blend of coffee made out of New Orleans. Or order a 22-ounce build-you-own Bloody Mary. On a Wednesday. At 9 a.m.

INFO: brickandspoonrestaurant.com; (337) 408-3992

Social Southern Table & Bar

WHERE: 3901 Johnston St.

BRUNCH HOURS: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday

WHAT YOU’RE HAVING: For an appetizer, try the Oreilles de Cochon, or boudin beignets. For the main course, have the peanut butter and jelly French toast. While the cocktail menu is always changing, the Mimosa Gone Right, made with St. Germain, is a popular choice.

ATMOSPHERE: Casual and relaxed, you can come to the sophisticated restaurant for brunch in a T-shirt and pair of jeans, according to chef de cuisine Kyle Waters.

INFO: socialsouthern.com; (337) 456-3274. Reservations are recommended.

De Gaulle Square Bistro and Bar

WHERE: 1 Degaulle Square

BRUNCH HOURS: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

WHAT YOU’RE HAVING: If you have a sweet tooth, go for the crème brûlée French toast. If you’re in the mood for something more savory, the shrimp and grits are served with a spicy butter sauce and smoked Gouda grits. To drink, have an Old Fashioned.

ATMOSPHERE: Formerly the Village Cafe, the restaurant went more casual when it reopened this year. Brunch follows suit, being a relaxed meal for patrons, who come from in and around the River Ranch area.

INFO: degaullesquarebistro.com (337) 981-8085. Reservations are not required.

Café Des Amis

WHERE: 140 E. Bridge St., Breaux Bridge

BRUNCH HOURS: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday

WHAT YOU’RE HAVING: An omelette with tasso and smothered onions called “Don’t Mess with My Tasso.” That is brilliance.

ATMOSPHERE: Laid back, this restaurant sits on the Bayou Teche and is located in Breaux Bridge. This place is known for its mix of Cajun culture, art and weekly zydeco breakfast jams.

INFO: cafedesamis.com; (337) 332-5273. Reservations are recommended.

Artmosphere Bistro

WHERE: 902 Johnston St.

BRUNCH HOURS: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

WHAT YOU’RE HAVING: French toast pressed sandwich, stuffed with boudin and featuring candied bacon and a house-made strawberry glaze.

ATMOSPHERE: Pet-friendly, this small restaurant and music club has a cozy feel to go along with its unique vibe, which features walls full of local art and a colorful patio. While you’re eating, you can enjoy live music inside, too.

INFO: artmosphere.co; (337) 233-3331. Reservations accepted.

Editor’s note: Did we miss your favorite? Please email msigur@theadvocate.com.