Choosing a brunch spot sometimes feels like answering an SAT question. One of your friends doesn’t like breakfast food, another is hungover and running late, and the third just wants a salad after spin class. How many texts do they collectively need to send before they can agree on something? Rather than overthinking it, just tell everyone to meet you at Unconventional Diner. This all-day spot in Shaw serves upscale versions of diner classics, like waffles and breakfast sandwiches, along with things like kale nachos and a roasted cauliflower salad for your friends who aren’t on the pro-breakfast train. Breakfast and brunch are served until 3pm during the week and 2:30pm on the weekend, and there’s even steak and eggs on the dinner menu for when you still want breakfast at the end of the day.
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