Let's Do Brunch: Orlando's Many Options For The Undisputed Queen of Meals

A.D. Thompson

By , Local Expert, Orlando
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Brunch: the supreme goddess of meals. It’s not quite breakfast, not quite lunch and implies you’re in leisure mode. Going for brunch says, “No, there’s nowhere I have to be and yes, I’d love an extra plate so the warm au jus from my prime rib doesn’t run into my apple tarte tatin. Thank you!” Of course, brunch doesn’t have to be hoity-toity or even haute. It could mean a big ‘ol egg on top of corned beef hash, ready to loose its warm, runny yolk into the fray of your well-done home fries. It could mean an exotic scramble laden with cumin and tomatillo sauce and reminiscent of your last getaway to the Mayan Riviera. It could...  Read more »

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    Cask & Larder

    I admit it. Cask & Larder had me at "ham butter."

    Local Expert Tip: "Q. Is there fried chicken on today's menu? A. Order it. And always: reservations."

     
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    The Boheme

    At the Grand Bo's Boheme, the champagne is dry, the decor is hot and the contemporary piano is as cool as the oysters on ice.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Grand Bohemian is just, well -- sexy. Consider making your brunch the delicious denoument of a romantic getaway."

     
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    Maxine's on Shine

    Vibe, location, food: Maxine's has it all and gives considerable due to brunch's wonderful tradition of day drinking. Belly up!

    Local Expert Tip: "Lovers of the brunch-time Bloody will want to sample their spicy take, which comes not merely with a beer floater and bacon, but a smoked shrimp-and-olive skewer. Viva la decadence! "

     
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    OLV Cafe

    A knee-jerk reaction might be "UNLIMITED MIMOSAS," but honestly OLV's reasonably priced $24.95 buffet is...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Brunch deals like this come with a caveat: crowds! Make reservations or come early and hope for a bar seat. "

     
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    Dexter's of Winter Park

    Locals have been flocking to Dexter's since 1984. It's high time that visitors get just as familiar with its reliably delicious brunch.

    Local Expert Tip: "Mimosas at Dexter's come in colors! Take a break from the classic orange and pair your sparkling Spanish cava with pineapple, cranberry, mango, peach or raspberry instead. "

     
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    Paxia Alta Cocina Mexicana & Tequila Lounge

    HUE is a consistent crowd-pleaser in both plate and placement with a patio primed for people watching.

    Local Expert Tip: "Raise the dead with levanta muertos, a poblano pepper crammed full of eggs, chorizo, potatoes and cheese. Fresh cilantro deftly balances the heat."

     
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    White Wolf Cafe

    White Wolf's cozy confines, good food and friendly atmosphere attract all kinds of customers, which makes...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "The White Wolf serves meals round the clock, making it an excellent "anytime" option to break for refreshments while you're exploring this great Orlando neighborhood. Vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free diners will find suitable sustenance, as well. "

     
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    Ethos Vegan Kitchen

    For a twice-weekly brunch offering comfort food for veg-heads (and a testing ground for those wondering...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Not in the mood for breakfast? Ethos' regular menu is available after noon on weekends."

     
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    Bananas Modern American Diner

    • Cuisine: American, Diner
    • Average Main Course Price: $30
    • Neighborhood: Colonialtown

    Huge, hand-spun milkshakes and musical drag queens are truly the breakfast of champions. Well played, Bananas. Well played.

    Local Expert Tip: "Saints and sinners alike enjoy the gospel on Sundays. Ensure space in the pew and make a reservation. "

     
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    College Park Sunday Brunch Market

    For making brunch the theme of an outdoor marketplace (and having vendors on-hand to serve it), CP's Sunday...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Fresh air and wide-open spaces make the College Park Sunday Brunch Market an ideal choice for brunchers who want to bring Fido. Events like these are subject to change. Check Facebook to make sure it's on before heading out. "

     

 

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