Who doesn’t like a good brunch? It’s the meal that refuses to commit. Usually served in late morning hours, it can be enjoyed at some food spots as late as 3 p.m. By all accounts, brunch originated in England in the late 19th century and gained popularity in the United States during the 1930s.
Whether you’re in Orlando on business or for pleasure, the area has a number of unique offerings for everyone’s favorite meal hybrid. Here are our top 5.
Se7en Bites – 207 Primrose Drive, Orlando, FL 32803
Ask any Orlandoan who’s “in-the-know” and they’ll tell you Se7en Bites Bakeshop in the Milk District is the trendiest place in the city to grab brunch. Long lines, especially on weekends, are testament to that fact. The Southern menu, all hand-written on chalkboards, includes something for every taste: breakfast bread pudding, buttermilk biscuits slathered in pimento cheese, and their signature housemade Moon Pies – just to name a few. Bring your appetite. You’ll want to sample everything on the menu.
Dixie Belle’s Cafe – 7125 S Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32809
Open every day of the week, this Pine Castle eatery is a favorite with locals because of its country-style breakfast offerings. From the Blue Plate (fresh-cut home fries smothered with sausage gravy or melted cheese and topped with two eggs and a choice of applewood bacon or sausage patties and toast) to an array of egg scramblers and omelets, this place will make you forget the name Cracker Barrel.
Peach Valley Cafe – various locations in Orlando, Ormond Beach & Gainesville
This small Central Florida chain is an excellent place for a late-morning/early afternoon business meeting over fluffy Belgian waffles, a healthy California omelet (artichoke hearts, provolone cheese, mushrooms & red onions) or an All-American Egg Sandwich. Their signature item is an appetizer – Fresh Apple Fritters. They take fresh Granny Smith apples, dip them in their special homemade batter and cook them until golden brown. These heavenly morsels are brought to the table with a light cinnamon sugar coating and a bowl of strawberry yogurt, just to make you feel like you’re not doing anything naughty.
Dexter’s of Thornton Park – 808 E Washington Street, Orlando, FL 32801
Another Orlando staple, Dexter’s actually has three other locations in addition to the one in Thornton Park. But I decided to single out this one because it’s close to everything in downtown and really fun to people-watch here with its outdoor seating. While a traditional breakfast is available Monday through Friday, Dexter’s is known for its award-winning brunch menu on weekends. You can’t go wrong with the Monte Cristo Waffle Sandwich, Belgian Waffle with Country Fried Chicken and Bacon Jam, or the Blackened Shrimp and Jack Cheese Grits.
White Wolf Cafe – 1829 N Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32804
If you’re looking to put a little funk in your brunch, White Wolf Cafe in Ivanhoe Village more than fits the bill. Part cafe and part antiques shop (For real. A prominent sign says they buy antiques), WWC is also a good place to sit outside and watch foot traffic along busy Orange Avenue. But inside, you’ll find a really cool bar and plenty of cool stuff to look at. Large portions, big-ass cinnamon rolls and double-sized mimosas make the White Wolf a place you’ll want to visit over and over.