225 E. Maple Rd., Birmingham; 248-594-4200; socialkitchenandbar.com
If there's a single reason Social Kitchen & Bar has eclipsed many other worthy Oakland County brunches as our readers' favorite, it might be talented chef Zack Sklar, who makes upscale comfort food feel vibrantly creative. It means a brunch menu where eggs and bacon retain star billing, but amid a cast that includes such unusual ingredients as Dutch speculoos, queso blanco, hearts of palm, and more. The range of beverages also helps, with such wash-downs as organic tea, acqua panna, Gosling's Ginger Beer, and house-made lemonade.
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