Brunch in Orlando – Hearty Food and Great Views
Grab an Outdoor Table and Order a Cocktail at Brunch in Orlando
Yes, Orlando has that big Disney beacon shining brightly, beckoning visitors from all over the world. But, like Las Vegas, Orlando is for locals, too. And, hey, everyone has to eat. So, we’ve put together five top spots for brunch in Orlando, geared toward residents.
Just a warning that our picks for Orlando brunch aren’t for the Diet Coke and side salad bunch. We’re focusing on unique, delicious, and filling flavor combinations in restaurants that patrons put on their must-return list.
Even though Reyes Mezcaleria is a relative newcomer to the North Quarter District, it has made a name of itself in just a few years. Most of the buzz is attributed to Chef Wendy Lopez, who uses her Michoacan heritage to share authentic dishes with a unique flair.
Saturday or Sunday Brunch in Orlando at Reyes Mezcaleria should start with one of four flayers of Mimosas at just $7 a pop. But, hey, it’s brunch. So why not go all in with a bottle for just $20?
Order up some Ceviche or Queso Fundido, and you can take your time figuring out what’s next. We’d recommend a main course of either the Steak Chilaquiles ($26) or the Chorizo Brioche ($13).
The steak is served with a fried egg, chilaquiles rojos, and queso fresco. The Chorizo Brioche is really something special. You get flavor combinations from the sausage, queso suizo, avocado salsa, with a pop of caramelized poblano and onion.
We’re focusing on brunch in Orlando, but bookmark Reyes Mezcaleria, as Chef Wendy goes all out for monthly seven-course feasts. You can make your reservations on the restaurant’s website.
Address: 821 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
Average Price: $11-30
For such an elegant Downtown hotspot, brunch in Orlando at DoveCote is a relative bargain.
This fine French dining restaurant is well known for its incredible courtyard tables, but the atmosphere is almost secondary when it’s brunch time. Think about it. With the focus on French cuisine, you know that pastries reign supreme. Your late morning is a lot happier with some homemade croissants or biscuits served with maple butter.
DoveCote’s brunch fare extends to their Oyster Bar and extensive sandwich menu. But we suggest sticking to simple breakfast food done superbly. For example, the Herb Cheese Omelet ($14) features Boursin cheese and fresh herbs. You’re not going to find that at your local Denny’s!
The Croque Madame will give you more of that breakfast-lunch combination. The ham and gruyere sandwich goes to a whole new level with a sunny side-up egg and mornay sauce for $23. Just save room for dessert. When you see the Brown Sugar Carrot Cake float by your table, you’ll want in, that’s for sure!
Address: Bank of America Center, 390 N. Orange Ave #110, Orlando, FL 32801
Average Price: Under $30
The first of two Winter Park picks for the best brunch in Orlando is the Glass Knife.
It’s a “dogs are welcome, cash is not” place that focuses on breakfast. The Glass Knife doesn’t serve dinner per se, but it’s open until 10 pm or 11 pm nightly. Maybe a late night donut or dessert after you head to the theater?
Weekend brunch is available on Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm. Like DoveCote, you’ll find a few French touches with Spinach Mushroom Quiche and Ham & Cheese Croissants. While you’ve also got Biscuits and Gravy and Eggs Benedict on the menu, you might just head right for the sweet stuff. The Glass Knife does an incredible homemade Ultimate Cinnamon Roll that’s oversized and frosted in yummalicious cream cheese frosting. Is your mouth watering?
Address: 276 S Orlando Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
Average Price: $11 -$30
All we need to tell you is Lake Nona’s Canvas Restaurant is a USA Today award winner for best Al Fresco Dining and Orlando Sentinel’s Foodie Award recipient for Critic’s Choice Best Outdoor Restaurant. You know you’re heading for an outdoor spot with a view!
The weekend brunch served at Canvas is a hearty one. We assure you that Nouvelle Cuisine is out of the picture, and you won’t leave hungry. Lobster Benedict, Chicken Biscuits, Bacon Hash Skillets, you get the gist.
Our top pick for brunch in Orlando at Canvas, though, has to be the Meyer Lemon Pancakes. The buttermilk ricotta pancakes with Meyer lemon curd and topped with whipped cream. And, whenever you see ricotta next to pancake, you’re in for a treat.
Don’t forget to bring sunscreen!
Address 13615 Sachs Avenue, Orlando, FL 32827
Average Price: $20-$50
The Ravenous Pig
We told you we had two in Winter Park, so we’ll introduce The Ravenous Pig. If the name isn’t enough to catch your attention, the pimento cheese fries or lobster frittata might do the trick!
You’d probably figured from the name alone that, once again, we’re featuring hearty brunch fare. We’d head to The Ravenous Pig for the apple fritters with salted caramel ($6) alone. But it certainly doesn’t end there, as the menu boasts three frittatas, crab cake benedict, and an homage to good Southern food with shrimp and grits.
If you’re not in a breakfast-y mood, you’re still good to go with sandwiches and other egg and pancake-free options.
Address: 565 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
Average Price: $11 – $30
A Few More Brunch Spots For You
|Hamilton's Kitchen at The Alford Inn||Winter Park||Brunch every day!|
|Maxine's on Shine||Orlando||Rejuicination Brunch Friday-Sunday|
|The Aardvark||Orlando||Saturday - Monday Brunch; $15 unlimited Mimosas|
|Hampton Social||Orlando||Doughnut Drops are a must!|
|Artisan's Table||Orlando||Start with a French Toast Muffin|
|The Crepevine||Altamonte Springs||Super affordable with savory & sweet crepes|
|The Bridge||Winter Park||How do chocolate chip pancakes sound?|
|F & D Kitchen and Bar||Lake Mary||Bottomless brunch Saturday & Sunday|
|Dixie Belle's Cafe||Orlando||Home of the sweet potato biscuit|
|The Osprey||Orlando||Cinnamon roll bread pudding - yum!|