Check out Volume One's "Have you brunched lately?" feature story on the local brunch scene.
ALL HAIL THE NUCLEUS! Although our beloved Nucleus Café (405 Water St., Eau Claire) switched ownership last year, it held onto the title for best brunch for the third straight year. This eclectic restaurant boasts a scrumptious menu (hellooooo, lemon ricotta hotcakes), funky décor, and undeniably cool servers. The upscale gastropub 44 North (1488 Front Porch Place, Altoona) offers a huge brunch buffet that consists of everything from scrambled eggs to biscuits and gravy. The Lakely (at The Oxbow Hotel, 516 Galloway St., Eau Claire) – a brunch spot that features farm-fresh omelets, a variety of delicious mimosas, and live jazz music – rounds out the top three. –Natalie Rosenkranz