Breakfast/Brunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Breakfast/Brunch restaurants in St. Petersburg / Clearwater and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Skyway Jack's thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Frog Pond, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Breakfast/Brunch.

7 Skyway Jack's
The giant rooster that keeps vigil at Jack's entrance provides ample indication that this isn't your run-of-the-mill eatery. Inside, a collection of homey kitsch confirms suspicions, although the kitchen proves unexpectedly adept, as evidenced by eggs florentine, stuffed French toast, brains and eggs, and creamed chipped beef. Naturally, more familiar options also figure in, like sausage, eggs, grits, waffles, biscuits, and hash browns. Helpings are hearty, and it's definitely not health food — thank goodness! Dig in! (727-867-1907)

6 Frog Pond
Laid-back and fun, this whimsical restaurant pays due homage to its name with a decor of amphibian-themed objects. Whether you find the motif quirky or cute, you can't deny the quality of the food, which is well-prepared and delivered in ample portions. All the usual suspects make appearances, including waffles, omelets, and servings of fresh fruit. If you prefer more sophisticated offerings, they also make available crepes, frittatas, and that classic brunch dish, eggs benedict. Great morning fare. (727-392-4117)

5 Kelly's
Casual and offbeat, this welcoming restaurant serves delicious food all day within its beachy environs. Breakfast is a much-favored meal, thanks to roast beef hash and eggs, oat bran banana flapjacks topped with pecans, specialty omelets, and breakfast club sandwiches. Muffins, cereal, and fresh fruit satisfy those with lighter appetites, and bacon-and-eggs ensures that purists are well-cared-for. Cheddar grits make a tasty accompaniment to almost anything, and continental breakfast fare can be had as well. (727-736-5284, 727-736-0206)

4 Lenny's Restaurant
This decades-old establishment is a Clearwater mainstay for breakfast, and many folks regularly come in for everything from knishes to chocolate chip pancakes. The irreverent, kitschy interior invites lounging over cups of coffee and Lenny's own Danish pastries. Eggs benedict, omelets, country-fried steak, bagels, French toast, corned beef hash, and latkes also make appearances, satisying most anyone's taste. A terrific, easy-going place that fits folks of all ages and inclinations. (727-799-0402)

3 First Watch
Focusing on morning and midday meals, this pleasant eatery does well what it knows best. As local folks will attest, omelets are awesome, filled with mushrooms, avocado, cheese, ham, turkey, and bacon. Light, airy pancakes and French toast are graced with syrup and butter, and waffles are simultaneously crisp-edged and tender, just the way they're supposed to be. With coffee, juice, and signature First Watch potatoes, each meal is a shout-out to the morning that can't be ignored. (727-712-8769)

2 Skidder's Restaurant
Known for its hospitality and many capable menu items, Skidder's has earned a familiar place as a neighborhood institution. The family-run business offers hearty portions of food that's influenced by Greek and Italian traditions. Lobster, steak, and fish dishes take care of those with elaborate dining needs, and sandwiches and burgers satisfy smaller lunchtime appetites. Breakfast brings on a slew of traditional fare (egg dishes, pancakes, waffles), and the accommodating staff is a welcome throwback to past days. At busy times, anticipate a wait. (727-360-1029)

1 Rusty's Bistro
Although the restaurant's architecture doesn't allow views of Sand Key Park next door, knowing that the beach is so accessible is still something of a comfort. In fact, the resort's delicious brunch serves as a terrific prelude to a little beach-combing. Its bounty includes tables laden with luscious fruits, muffins, pastries, waffles, cereals, egg dishes, bacon, sausage, and hash browns. The all-you-can-eat extravaganza is ideal for famished vacationers, and fresh juices and coffee add a fragrant crowning touch. (727-595-1611, 800-456-7263)


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Skyway Jack's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: ST. PETERSBURG
COST: $
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Frog Pond 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Live Music
Neighborhood: NORTH REDINGTON BEACH
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Kelly's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: Dunedin
COST: $
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Lenny's Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Deli
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: Clearwater
COST: $
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First Watch 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Clearwater
COST: $
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Skidder's Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Greek, Italian
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly
Neighborhood: ST. PETE BEACH
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Cuisine: American, New American
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: Clearwater
COST: $$
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