Great brunches and BBQ spots

The popularity of American food is at an all-time high. Check out these great little places to celebrate Wales’ special relationship…. with brunch and BBQ.  

  • Interior of the Smoke House in Pontcanna, Cardiff
    The Smoke House, Cardiff  by The Smoke House

    Housed in leafy Pontcanna just a short work from the city centre, The Smoke House specialises in authentic American BBQ, using local ingredients. The family friendly restaurant houses its own smoke pit and the pared back decor oozes a laid-back urban style. You’ll find Texas BBQ, ‘dawgs, hickory smoked meats, burgers and gourmet speciality sandwiches on the menu. The local cowboy pickles are available to buy, too. 

  • BBQ food at Hangfire Smokehouse
    BBQ at Hangfire Smokehouse, Cardiff by Christopher Au

    Run by two young Southern-style BBQ enthusiasts who toured the states for inspiration, Cardiff pop-up phenomenon Hangfire has risen to become a juggernaut in the Cardiff food scene. Expect mouth-watering brisket, pulled pork, ribs and chicken with a healthy dose of pickles, ‘slaw and creamed corn on the side. Punters come in their droves for the sinfully delicious pull-apart meat. You’ll definitely be back for more. 

  • Waffles and syrup at The Blue Pelican Cafe
    Waffles for brunch, Blue Pelican Café, Vale of Glamorgan by The Blue Pelican

    Looking for a great brunch spot near the sea? The ‘Blue Pelican Café’ is housed inside interior and giftware shop ‘The Hamptons’ in central Penarth.  The friendly café offers sumptuous brunches, with lashings of buttermilk pancakes, granola, bagels and decadent waffles with crème fraiche, caramel sauce and pecans. Your four-legged companion can also expect a free doggycino! 

  • Close up of a BBQ bun
    BBQ bun, The Smokehaus, Swansea by The Smokehaus

    Right in the thick of all the action on Swansea’s Wind Street, The Smokehaus is perfect for lining your belly with goodness ahead of a night out on the town. But once you polish off those Rubens, Texas link po boys, Philly cheese steaks and incredible ‘pulled lamb’, you may need a lie down first. If you’re game, why not tackle ‘The Big Bertha’ – five stacked cheeseburgers with bacon and jalapeños. 

  • Housed in Newport’s Market Street, fusion food spot The Canteen offers some incredible brunch and lunch opportunities for the hungry (or just plain greedy). The menu features marvellous meaty muffin combos, gluten free granola, ‘wild west’ pizzas and an American-Italian-Welsh innovation: sautéed leek pizza with perl las cheese (AKA ‘Land of my Fathers’ pizza). 

  • BBQ food at Hickory's
    Hickory's, Rhos on Sea, North Wales by Hickory's

    Rhos-on-Sea isn’t an obvious place for authentic US-style BBQ, but this branch of Hickory’s offers ‘smoker style’ BBQ (using wood fire) or ‘Yankee style’ (cooked over coals), delivering a wide range of juicy and succulent meat and fish. If you’re looking for a hearty brunch, try the steak & eggs or pancake stack with blueberry compote. Make sure you leave room for the epic desserts, too! 

  • A picture of a breakfast meal at Dylan's Restaurant
    Dylan's, Menai Bridge on Anglesey by Dylan's Restaurant

    Housed in a pretty waterside spot near Thomas Telford’s bridge in Menai, Dylan’s is a relaxed family spot with a passion for baking and seafood. Awesome pizza, coffee and cake!