Best Brunch in Orlando

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By Michelle Spitzer, Orlando Local Expert

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 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 more brunch options than Disney has animal-shaped topiaries. Craving farm-to-table, try Briarpatch in Winter Park. Looking for something foodie-forward but down-home? Se7en Bites may be right up your alley. And if you want straight-up posh, head to the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort and its Plancha golf-side restaurant  or dine with some Disney friends and luxuriate amid custom brunchery at its five-star best.

10. Cafe Tu Tu Tango
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For $26.62 (yes, that's the price), you can get as much as you want off this extremely extensive menu. Dishes pull on a host of ethnicities: Latin American, Caribbean and Middle Eastern among them. Cajun egg rolls and duck confit salad, hummus and falafel, seafood skewers and alligator gumbo. You also have some classic brunch offerings like eggs and waffles. Add an extra $18 to your bill and you get to enjoy bottomless bloody Marys or mimosas. Little brunchers get to enjoy all the food offerings for just $10. Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday until 3 p.m. Making reservations is a must. This popular spot fills up fast.

9. Ravello

This is a great option if you have children or if you are a Disney fan or both! Every Thursday and Saturday there is a delicious brunch from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. with Goofy and his pals dressed in their best casual resort attire. While the characters aren't able to approach your table or give autographs, they do pose for cute, socially-distanced photos, and guests will have their photos taken upon arrival, which will include a little Disney magic. Brunch is $48 for adults and $28 for children under 12. It features a prix-fixe menu with a choice of entrée including options like huevos rancheros and truffle forager omelet.

8. Briarpatch Restaurant
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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 breakfast or early lunch to sample items like raspberry-and-brie-stuffed French toast or the lump crab scramble along with an array of burgers, salads and sandwiches. Also notable, the Briarpatch is an ice cream parlor and its desserts (cake slices are enormous) are definitely share-friendly. The Park Avenue location makes it a great place to start the day before exploring the neighborhood.

7. The Boheme
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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 this case a Jazz Brunch at its acclaimed Boheme restaurant, is going to be something truly exceptional. Whether it's to linger in the last moments of your sumptuous weekend stay, in celebration of a special occasion or simply a decadent splurge, Sunday brunch at the Boheme will run you $45 per person ($15 for kids 6-12) and showcases all the hallmarks of high-end: a prime rib carving station, custom omelet station and fresh waffle station among them. Of course, brunch being what it is, it makes sense that you might want some snow crab legs, oysters or steamed shrimp to pair with that waffle. And did we mention the Kitchen Action Station, where seafood and meats are prepared to order? And that's not even the spread in its entirety. We're not sure how you'll save room for dessert, but we're sure you'll manage. Start strategizing now.

6. The Stubborn Mule

If we had a 10Best Neighborhoods for day drinking and eating list the areas around Thornton Park would certainly make the roster. And with its outdoor seating (and rustic-modern interior) the Stubborn Mule would get a mention. Brunch sort of screams "let's sit outside," as well, and so it would get a double-tap. Dining here is a la carte and predictably sumptuous but foodie'd up for your pleasure via options like egg-laden hash, bourbon-maple drizzled fried chicken and a dish called the Mr. Wilbur (beer-braised pulled pork, crispy polenta cake, poached egg and white BBQ finished with Hollandaise) that will make your tummy happy and your cardiologist cry. Meh. Don't stress. Brunch is meant to be indulgent.

5. Maxine's on Shine
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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 seasonal salads and seafood in the same breath as decadent, creative omelets, Benedicts and waffles. Though Maxine's on Shine is a delightful place for date night cocktails and dinner and live music, it retains its cozy, eclectic, neighborhood vibe â€" not to mention gracious hosts and staff --- in broad daylight, as well. That's why they call their brunch a "Rejucination." And if you're booked on Sunday, pop in for brunch on Saturday instead!

4. Santiago's Bodega
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To be fair, this tony tapas outpost is well known for many things, but being a one-dollar-sign venue is not one of them. On Saturdays and Sundays, however, Santiago's Bodega offers a brunch option. For about $40 per person, you can partake of its excellent fare ad-nauseum. Just how "nauseum" will depend on your own self-control. Mimosas and sangria are included in the price, which allows diners to test drive the place before deciding to come back for tapas including spanakopita, saganaki and yellowfin tuna ceviche. Other delights - prime rib, crab, custom omelets and an array of delightful eats clog the menu. And your arteries. Enjoy some sangria and offset the effects; red wine is heart smart.

3. Plancha
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You want posh? We're not sure you can do better than brunch on the cusp of the greens at Tranquilo Golf Club â€" which belongs to the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. Plancha is a divine respite for Cuban-American fare on other days, and you'll see that influence come Sunday morning, as well, when the brunch bell rings out loud and clear. Bloody Mary and mimosa stations beckon, as does a massive upscale buffet of Four Seasonian (not a word, but roll with it) proportions. Guests can go full buffet with bottomless beverage options, buffet only or a la carte with dishes beyond decadent.

2. Wine Bar George
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The Master Sommelier diploma is the highest distinction a professional can attain in fine wine and beverage service, And Disney Springs is home to the only Master-Sommelier led restaurant in Florida: Wine Bar George. With more than 130 wines by the glass, bottle and ounce, you've got more than enough beverage options to accompany their delicious Wine Country Brunch. This menu includes delights such as steak & eggs frites, brioche French toast with mascarpone and caramel sauce and an unbelievable brunch-ified version of their soft, custardy burrata. For dessert? Perhaps a taste of their Frozcato Mimosa, a Moscato-prosecco combo featuring Dole Whip!

1. Se7en Bites

This quaint working Milk District bakery is open for breakfast, lunch and brunch 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 meatloaf sammies, beyond-cheesy grits and bacon-corn bread waffles is subjective. Easiest method? Bring a friend and share everything! Cakes, bread, cookies, pies â€" the smells emanating from the Se7en Bites kitchen are wrong in all the best ways possible. Be thoroughly prepared for a sweet-related impulse buy to take home. Eggs and biscuits, scones and soups, Southern comfort classics and lots of surprising modern twists.