Let's Do Brunch: Orlando Options for the Undisputed Queen of Meals

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 mean shrimp and grits or it could mean chicken and waffles. But whatever it means, it often involves vodka and/or champagne. In Orlando, lucky us, we’ve got almost as many brunch options as Disney has animal-shaped hedges. Craving something saucy in the way of entertainment? Try Hamburger Mary's Broadway Brunch. Looking for something upscale but down-home? Cask & Larder may be right up your alley. And if you want straight-up posh, head to the Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando and its Boheme Restaurant and luxuriate amid station after station of custom brunchery at its five-star best.

Ethos Vegan Kitchen
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Think brunch is pointless without eggs, bacon, sausage and all things buttery? Think again. Ethos Vegan Kitchen packs them in for brunch – on Saturdays AND Sundays – from 9 am to 3 pm. Their breakfast burrito in particular – smothered in...  Read More

Hamburger Mary's Orlando
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Eat, drink and "be Mary," they say – and at Hamburger Mary's regular Sunday Broadway Brunch, this mantra comes between show tunes. Reservations are recommended and seating begins at 11:00 am for a noon show that brings with it regulars the...  Read More

The White Wolf Café has been a staple in charming Ivanhoe Village for more than 20 years, a pioneer of sorts in a neighborhood that has caught up with its Bohemian, eclectic style, an easy place evocative of your Great Aunt's antique cluttered...  Read More


Hotel: a delicious word that conjures crisp sheets, sleeping in, vacation. "Brunch" is another sleep-in kind of word. And when the accommodations in question are as top-tier as the Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando, then you know the brunch – in...  Read More

Dexter's of Winter Park
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Warm, house-made banana bread? Creamy cheddar-grits with savory Andouille sausage and shrimp? How about the aptly named "Hot Mess," a big 'ol plate of biscuits and fried chicken topped with fried eggs and sausage gravy? It's a plate you'll see...  Read More

When the Smiling Bison added brunch to its repertoire, local foodies clamored. Why? For breakfast takes on its rich, creative offerings and brunchy takes on cocktails, of course. French toast here, for example, consists of a cinnamon bread...  Read More

Walt Disney World ®

You want posh? We're not sure you can do better that brunch on the cusp of the greens at Tranquilo Golf Club – which belongs to the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. Plancha is a divine respite for Cuban-American fare on...  Read More


One of the beauties of brunch is that it's something of a "Vulcan Meal Meld," giving foodies the option of cobbling together goodies they love for breakfast with fare they generally eat at lunch or dinner. Maxine's is no different – offering...  Read More

Creative. Colorful. Delicious. Three adjectives that could describe any of the menus at this clean-lined haunt in downtown Orlando. But Kasa Restaurant & Bar's weekly Bubbles N' Brunch – every Sunday, $35 – comes with bottomless sangria...  Read More


Meet A.D. Thompson

A.D. Thompson has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and roughly 15 as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

A roller coaster enthusiast,...  More About A.D.

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