More and more Greeks are following the new brunch trend. The meal is a combination of breakfast and lunch – served around noon, it starts off with tea or coffee, marmalade, muffins, bagels, pancakes, and other breakfast favorites before moving on to menu-ordered items like Eggs Benedict, omelets, and quiche.
Originating in England in the late 19th century, brunch was originally served in a buffet style. In the US, the meal gained popularity in the 1930’s, and is often associated with special occasions, weddings, and Mother’s Day.
Many cafes and restaurants in Athens now provide special brunch menus and even signature morning cocktails, including the typical Bloody Marys, Bellinis, and Mimosas.