Brunch. The word conjures something luxurious. Grand. And generally pricy, but hey, it’s not a weekly event, right? That’s why it comes with sumptuous eggs suffused with Hollandaise and pink prime rib in a bath of au jus. And yes, mimosas. With cooler weather approaching, the locals are giving themselves permission to nosh, and true to the opulent nature of this divine hybrid meal, many brunches are served in the confines of Orlando’s fine hotels. You need not be a guest to partake, but you should probably make reservations.
Park Plaza Gardens: Dine inside or out. — Photo courtesy of Park Plaza Hotel
Park Plaza Gardens (10:30 am-3 pm)
Next door to the historic Park Plaza Hotel and set amid the tony stretch of Park Avenue, this romantic eatery – with grand greenery and sidewalk tables – has a wonderful non-buffet menu. Its $30 Champagne Brunch option includes an appetizer or salad and one entrée and keeps the bubbly flowing for the duration. Afterwards, enjoy the spoils of Winter Park on foot. Shopping, museums and green spaces abound.
La Hacienda (11am-3pm)
Perhaps an hour's drive from the Magic Kingdom, La Hacienda restaurant, located within the Mission Inn Resort & Club, is ensconced in something notably rare in Florida: a landscape of rolling hills. Its dining room offers lovely views during Champagne Brunch. Casually elegant and served buffet style, champagne and mimosas are included in the price: $30.99 per person.
La Hacienda: Come for the brunch, stay for the spa and/or golf. — Photo courtesy of Mission Inn Resort & Club
The Boheme (10:30 am-2 pm)
For $39.95, The Boheme – set within the plush downtown digs of the Grand Bohemian Hotel – whets your appetite for its upscale buffet with live jazz before you even feast your eyes on the spread. Chef’s carvery, made-to-order Belgian waffles and omelets and an array of beef, poultry, seafood and dessert options ensure you’ll roll out, even if you strolled in. Your exit will be easy enough; valet parking is included in the price.
Sumptuous seafood at The Boheme's brunch. — Photo courtesy of Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando