Champions of Breakfast: Acai to Omelets at Orlando's Top Tables

Some people enjoy a light brekkie and some – especially if they’re on holiday – like to go for broke. Either way, if breakfast is the most important meal of the day, you better make it a good one. And 10Best is happy to tell you where to get it. Fans of the family-run diner vibe will love Nick’s in the north part of the metro area. Want country charm? Head to “busy” downtown Oviedo where its famed feral chickens may entertain you while you wait for a table at the venerable TownHouse Restaurant. Diners looking for something decadent, but portable, should run, not walk, to Donut King in Minneola (or its sister outpost in Winter Park). DK's circular breakfast cakes are so revered ‘round these parts that people come from miles around just to get their sugary fix. Plus they’re open 24/7 on the west side. Many of these venues are also open for lunch – and some serve breakfast all day – so be sure to do your research if you plan to sleep in and get your Benedict on at noon instead.

Keke's is a franchise born in Orlando. The Millenia location was its first and since then, it's popularity - driven by a clean design, welcoming atmosphere and really tasty food - has propelled the numbers to six and growing. Open daily for...  Read More

The collection of salt & pepper shakers will give you ample conversational fodder while you await your meal at Shakers American Cafe, an old-school diner serving breakfast and lunch in Orlando's College Park neighborhood. Breakfast is served...  Read More

Lots of breakfast-lunch diners have down-homey Southern names, but the food at Dixie Belle's backs it up. If we had to narrow it down to two words, we'd use "sausage gravy," but it doesn't end there. Dixie Belle's charming, unfancy atmosphere...  Read More

Look, it's not like three-meat omelets and cream cheese-stuffed French toast are the breakfasts of champions, so why NOT donuts? And if you're going to do donuts in the Orlando metro, you'd best be having the ones from Donut King. Made fresh...  Read More

Slinging breakfast and lunch to a devoted legion of customers " and likely creating new ones daily " Nick's Family Diner showcases all of this culinary genre's classics along with hearty and satisfying Greek and Italian specialties. Whether...  Read More

The Sanctum really does feel a little sacred in the way they do things; its beautiful plant-based plates are colorful and fresh and alluring. And while there are loads of options for the vegan members of the populace, this place isn't that...  Read More

Whether your early-morning routine leans more toward steel-cut oatmeal and Greek yogurt or black pepper-crusted bacon, there is a lot to love about starting your day at Artisan's Table. Locally sourced ingredients are the norm here, as are...  Read More

Prepare for a wait if you show up at peak weekend breakfast hours at this longtime Park Ave. favorite, but fervent fans find that the benedicts and mimosas are worth a little extra time. That said, you can always pop in on a weekday for a late...  Read More

This quaint working Milk District bakery is open for breakfast and lunch with a manageable, fresh-made menu that changes near daily and makes choosing easy. Okay, that's arguable, since how one chooses between creative, handcrafted moon pies and...  Read More

To paraphrase that old 70s Greg Kihn hit, "they don't make 'em like this anymore." Oviedo's downtown is hardly bustling (unless you count its famous feral chickens, they bustle quite a bit) but at its center sits the TownHouse, almost as it has...  Read More


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